Speak Me Dangerous Reply

Fed court says to let El Chapo speak publicly is too dangerous.

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El Chapo was denied the request to speak in fed court 2 days ago after prosecutors and a US judge agreed on the possibility of El Chapo trying to send Narco Don type “messages to his family,” or something shady. This is CYA for senior management of the Security State: if El Chapo escapes from custody a third time – that would look pretty bad. He’s being kept inside a one man max security bubble with restrictions on him greater than the ones placed on Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. El Chapo isn’t even allowed to be in the same room with his lawyers, although the court did allow him to smile at his 28-year old beauty queen wife and their two twin daughters during the pre-trial. He’s lucky the feds didn’t make him wear a Hannibal Mask in the courtroom.

Americans do love smiley faces.

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The Fear of the State Reply

Author’s note: This is not an attempt to debunk a Harvard professor’s 800 page book with a 900 word article from an underground WordPress Blog. The decline in violence is obvious, and it is over centuries, but the causes of violence are still with us.

1CBDB358-F736-4AC7-A8BE-4F9E8B6DFEF1Most research shows that we live in a far more peaceful time than previous periods in human history. It’s a complicated topic with a lot of incomplete data for a massively huge period of examination, but the current conventional wisdom follows from Dr. Pinker’s study of the long decline in violence, “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” I agree with Pinker’s specific argument that violence has declined generally, and Pinker does save for a break from the typical 10 o’clock news run about how you might get stabbed to death by some Sureños while walking to your car at night.

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“Study Death Always” Reply

I enjoyed this.

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By James S Romm

Why Seneca’s advice for living centered on dying.

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The Death of Seneca, by Manuel Domínguez Sánchez, 1871. Prado Museum

Recent experiments have shown that psilocybin, a compound found in hallucinogenic mushrooms, can greatly reduce the fear of death in terminal cancer patients. The drug imparts “an understanding that in the largest frame, everything is fine,” said pharmacologist Richard Griffiths in a 2016 interview. Test subjects reported a sense of “the interconnectedness of all people and things, the awareness that we are all in this together.” Some claimed to have undergone a mock death during their psychedelic experience, to have “stared directly at death…in a kind of dress rehearsal,” as Michael Pollan wrote in a New Yorker account of these experiments. The encounter was felt to be not morbid or terrifying, but liberating and affirmative.

“In the largest frame, everything is fine.” That sounds very much like the message Lucius Annaeus Seneca preached to Roman readers of the mid-first century, relying on Stoic philosophy, rather than an organic hallucinogen, as a way to glimpse that truth. “The interconnectedness of all things” was also one of his principal themes, as was the idea that one must rehearse for death throughout one’s life—for life, properly understood, is really only a journey toward death; we are dying every day, from the day we are born. In his works of ethical thought, Seneca spoke to his addressees, and through them to humankind generally, about the need to accept death, even to the point of ending one’s own life, with a candor nearly unparalleled in his time or ours.

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Science’s Pirate Queen Reply

If you remember: first it was music when P2P file sharing smashed the RIAA/music industry, then torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, KAT, and Limetorrents smashed the MPAA/movie industry. I think Google killed the book publishing industry on accident, and now Alexandra Elbakyan’s Sci-Hub is drilling the academic publishing industry, on purpose. I found this article to be exhausting and almost impossible to read though. It mainly focuses on the money and legal matters and I couldn’t find any mention about how more students, scientists, small startups, and independent researchers having free access to the research papers in their particular fields has been a great thing for progress in science generally. I think it would be impossible to get a head-count on the number of important connections, discoveries, or even major break throughs that have been made as a result of the removal of the barrier to entry and the ability to read a scientific paper without having to pay 30 bucks-plus a piece. If you ask me, Elbakyan may be one of the most important women of the early century.
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By Ian Graber-Stiehl

Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishmen

In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. It was the reason that, one day in June 2015, Alexandra Elbakyan, the student and programmer with a futurist streak and a love for neuroscience blogs, opened her email to a message from the world’s largest publisher: “YOU HAVE BEEN SUED.”

It wasn’t long before an administrator at Library Genesis, another pirate repository named in the lawsuit, emailed her about the announcement. “I remember when the administrator at LibGen sent me this news and said something like ‘Well, that’s… that’s a real problem.’ There’s no literal translation,” Elbakyan tells me in Russian. “It’s basically ‘That’s an ass.’ But it doesn’t translate perfectly into English. It’s more like ‘That’s fucked up. We’re fucked.’”

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The Alt-Right is Gay 5

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Gay.

One thing about European New Right philosophy that I think is right is that America is a completely separate culture and civilization from Europe even if it is a derivitive in many ways. Interestingly, North American New Righters try to be more European culturally and intellectually even if many of them are Americans by birth and citizenship. That said, as the demographic change continues and whites become just another minority I don’t see how white nationalists will not become even weirder to most Americans or not be a right wing version of the creepy cross dressing homo plastic surgery freaks of leftist identity politics groups with their own bizarre subcultures and idiosyncracies. I am just not convinced that a high brow, intellectual, racialist counter culture is going to achieve intellectual hegemony in US cultural institutions and then trickle down from the Alternative Bourgeoisie to the white masses to forma zee Eudapean Amedikin Etno Homozexuelle State.

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Nietzsche on Self Recovery 2

Knew some of you would appreciate this. Enjoy.

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Editor’s note: I couldn’t find a non downloadable link to the Walter Kaufmann translation of Nietzsche’s “Why I Am So Wise” anywhere online, which is weird given that Nietzsche’s most well known quote belongs to this text. To my knowledge, this is the only digital reprint available online. I had to type it out myself, word for word. Enjoy.
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ATS Roundtable on Creating Alternative Infrastructure 22

ATS Round Table
Creating Alternative Infrastructure

February 15, 2014

Jeremy Weiland, Vince Rinehart, Todd Lewis, and Keith Preston discuss the process of building the new society within the shell of the old.

Topics include:

  • The need to preserve the legal space of alternative infrastructure through active legal defense organizations.
  • Prospects posed by the possibility of technological innovation and technological decline.
  • The implications of procreation rates, demographic shift, and cultural assimilation.
  • Parallels between the modern American and ancient Roman empires.
  • The foundation for alternative infrastructure provided by presently existing organizations.
  • The cultivation of cohesive value systems in order to maintain the durability of alternative infrastructure.

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Beyond Partisanship: The Fundamentals of Pan-Secessionist Activism Reply

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Beyond Partisanship: The Fundamentals of Pan-Secessionist Activism

January 5, 2014

Keith Preston gives a comprehensive overview of the ARV-ATS strategic outlook and clarifies certain misconceptions.

Topics include:

  • Why the philosophy of self-determination transcends ordinary partisan boundaries.
  • The need to distinguish the meta-political and meta-strategic concepts related to pan-secessionism from the personal or collective views of individual activists or organizations.
  • The need for a federation of anti-state movements.
  • The possibility of an alliance of minor political parties around common interests.
  • A call for a Peoples’ Economic Front.
  • The need to cultivate anti-system political interest groups as allies and constituents.
  • The growing need for alternative means of delivering social services in a depressed economy with a bankrupt state.
  • The need for effective legal defense organizations that defend the rights of all who come under attack by the system.
  • The need to strengthen regional, cultural, ethnic, and religious identitarian organizations as intermediary institutions against the state.
  • The eventual need for civilian defense organizations.
  • Cultivating international allies and supporters.
  • How the system would respond to a pan-secessionist insurgency.
  • The need for mythical utopian visions that can inspire idealism and action.
  • Visions for the future and why pan-secessionism is not an “end of history” scheme.

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ATS Round Table: Community, Ethics, and the State 3

ATS Round Table
Community, Ethics, and the State

December 22, 2013

ATS contributors Todd Lewis, Vince Rinehart, Jeremy Weiland, and Keith Preston participate in a panel discussion on moral philosophy, social organization, and the state.

Topics include:

  • Methods of social organization in traditional religious and tribal communities prior to the rise of the modern state.
  • Varying approaches to social ethics and the underlying philosophical traditions.
  • The absence of community in the consumerist, technological, highly mobile societies of the present.
  • Contending views of human nature and the implications of these for social organization.

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Attack the System: The Intersection of Drug Prohibition, Totalitarian Humanism, and the Police State 1

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The Intersection of Drug Prohibition, Totalitarian Humanism, and the Police State

December 8, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the power elite’s system of ideological and legal control.

Topics include:

  • How international drug prohibition is largely an American creation.
  • How the war on drugs was instigated to suppress dissident political movements.
  • The various components of the American police state that has emerged in recent decades.
  • How constitutional rights have been hollowed out by police state legislation and a compliant judiciary.
  • How the system has been able to co-opt past protest movements and integrate these into the system, and how the growth of political correctness is a reflection of this.
  • How the ideological superstructure of totalitarian humanism represents the system’s carrot, while the police state represents the stick.

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Attack the System: An Interview with Todd Lewis 7

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An Interview with Todd Lewis

November 24, 2013

Keith Preston interviews Christian philosopher Todd Lewis.

Topics include:

  • Anti-state traditions within historic Christianity.
  • The essence of the Christian faith and the nature of an organic Christian community.
  • The Christian pacifist tradition of thinkers such as Leo Tolstoy and Dorothy Day.
  • The nature of freedom within the context of traditional Christian and historic Greek thought.
  • The relationship between freedom and ethics.
  • How the plutocratic elite helped to develop the 1960s counterculture.
  • How freedom is dependent on individual virtue, and how tyrants pacify their subjects with bread and circuses.
  • The obscure historical relationship between capitalism and communism.
  • The autarchist principles of Robert LeFevre.
  • The future of religion and spirituality in Western civilization.

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare, Part Two: In Defense of Revolutionary Struggle 1

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare, Part Two: In Defense of Revolutionary Struggle

September 22, 2013

Keith Preston continues the discussion of revolutionary action within the context of contemporary political and military circumstances.

Topics include:

  • The unfortunate tendency of many contemporary radicals towards lifestyle radicalism, which underestimates the importance of genuine revolutionary struggle.
  • How the advancement of civilization ultimately involves period episodes of political and social upheaval.
  • The necessity of revolutionary political leadership that is capable of meeting ordinary people where they are at while retaining a long term radical vision.
  • The creation of alternative infrastructure that will serve as the foundation for both reformist and revolutionary efforts.
  • Why radicals and revolutionaries must prepare for the time when the state moves to suppress challenges to its own position.
  • Why the ability to wage effective fourth generation warfare will be the determining factor in 21st century revolutionary struggles.
  • The role of Hezbollah, the Peoples War Group, and the Armed Forces of the Colombian Revolution as model fourth generation warfare organizations.

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The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin 1

Biographical Podcast
The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin

September 21, 2013

Keith Preston examines the career of a 1960s radical leader and how it symbolizes the history of American society over the past 50 years.

Topics include:

  • Rubin’s role as an early anti-Vietnam War protest organizer, founder of the Yippies, and defendant in the Chicago Conspiracy trial.
  • His immersion in the lifestyle fads of the 1970s and reinvention of himself as a yuppie businessman in the 1980s.
  • His subsequent “yippie vs yuppie” debates with former partner Abbie Hoffman before his death in 1994 at age 56.
  • Rubin’s claim that the radicals of the 1960s had shaped the mainstream culture of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • How Rubin’s life symbolizes the coming to power of the 1960s generation.
  • How the radical Left of the 1960s was able to radically transform American culture while allowing the System to continue unabated politically, economically, and militarily.

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare 1

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare

September 15, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the definitive elements of the revolutionary struggle.

Topics include:

  • Common criticisms directed at ARV-ATS including accusations of reformism, crypto-statism, egalitarian populism, and reactionary nationalism.
  • The need to strike a healthy balance between elitism and populism, reform and revolution.
  • Why the revolutionary struggle must be international in character even as revolutionary movements within different nations, cultures, and communities will retain their unique identities.
  • How successful revolutionary struggles in one region or nation might provide for their self-defense in a world dominated by states and plutocratic entities.
  • Why the ultimate aim of grand alliance theory is resistance to state repression as the overlords of the Empire are challenged.
  • How the battle between the Empire and the resistance forces will ultimately be decided by means of fourth generation warfare.

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Sometimes It Sucks to Be Right Reply

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Sometimes It Sucks to Be Right

September 8, 2013

Keith Preston revisits some of the core ATS documents in light of contemporary events.

Topics include:

  • How the neoconservatives have been eclipsed by the liberal internationalists as predicted in the 2003 essay “Philosophical Anarchism and the Death of Empire.”
  • How a resurgent Russia is challenging the unipolar American empire as predicted in the same essay.
  • How the liberal internationalist/cultural Marxist alliance has become the dominant ruling class faction as predicted in the “Liberty and Populism” essay.
  • How totalitarian humanism is emerging as the ideological foundation of the present march towards ever greater state repression as predicted in past ATS analysis.
  • How ARV-ATS concepts like anarcho-pluralism, radical localism, pan-secessionism, and anti-totalitarian humanism are spreading into an ever greater number of political currents, including those who are outside of or even hostile to ARV-ATS.
  • How escalating state repression against dissident movements will necessitate the formation of a grand alliance against the common enemy, and how only anarcho-pluralism and pan-secessionist provide the framework for such an alliance.
  • The revolutionary vision of ARV-ATS for a future civilization that has hardly been conceived of at present.

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Weekly News Update: September 2, 2013 Reply

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Update September 2, 2013

Keith Preston discusses American saber rattling against Syria.

Topics include:

  • The role of the Power Elite in building the American Empire.
  • The amazing continuity of U.S. foreign policy regardless of which party is in power.
  • The convergence of interests that shape U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
  • How Obama’s planned aggression against Syria is a mirror image of Bush’s and the neocons’ build up to war with Iran a decade ago.
  • The astounding foolishness of U.S. diplomats like John Kerry and Samantha Power.
  • Imperialism’s body count.

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Cascadia: Interview with Casey Corcoran 18

ATS editors Keith Preston and Vince Rinehart discuss Cascadia and bioregionalism with guest Casey Corcoran.

Topics include:

-Defining Cascadia as a place rather than a political entity.
-The ideas and history of bioregionalism as a movement.
-The commonalities shared by colonized peoples.
-The relationship between ecological crises and colonialism.
-The need for food sovereignty.
-How technological and ecological values can co-exist.
-Why radical localism is the path to resistance.
-The film “Occupied Cascadia.” More…

Update August 18, 2013 Reply

News of the Week
Update August 18, 2013

ATS News of the Week Commentary with Keith Preston.

Topics include:

  • The harassment of Glenn Greenwald’s partner in London.
  • The emerging left/right unity in opposition to the surveillance state.
  • The work of writers like John Whitehead and William Norman Grigg detailing the growth of the American police state.
  • How many on the Left are starting to realize the Left has failed to develop an effective opposition force against the Bush-Obama wars and surveillance regimes and how libertarians have picked up the torch.
  • Eric Holder’s belated recognition that America’s prison-industrial complex has gotten out of hand.
  • The declining influence of the neoconservatives in the GOP and their eclipse by realists like Rand Paul.
  • How the U.S. empire is losing its grip on Egypt and why Israel partisans are pushing for still more military intervention in the Middle East

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Where the Right Goes Wrong Reply

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Where the Right Goes Wrong

August 18, 2013

Keith Preston replies to conservative critic Todd Lewis’ critique of his work.

Topics include:

  • The actual origins and meaning of historic conservatism and why the contemporary American “conservative movement” is in fact a leftist movement.
  • The roots of conservatism and libertarianism in polar opposite historical and philosophical currents.
  • Why political anarchism and philosophical libertarianism are not synonymous.
  • A discussion of the moral skepticism of Friedrich Nietzsche and Max Stirner.
  • A comparison of the 20th century ideological wars with the wars of religion from the 17th century.
  • How political correctness and totalitarian humanism represent a secular outgrowth of older religious forms of moralism and universalism.
  • Parallels between classical Christian eschatology and modern secular totalitarian ideologies.

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The Manning Trial, Support Spots, the Paul Drug, and Libertarian Populism 1

News of the Week
The Manning Trial, Support Spots, the Paul Drug, and Libertarian Populism

August 3, 2013

Weekly News Update

Topics include:

  • The trial and conviction of Bradley Manning and the necessity of a “Free Bradley” movement.
  • The granting of asylum to Edward Snowden by Russia and how this fits with the ARV-ATS prediction that Russia and other rogue nations might be sources of support for future anti-imperialist insurgencies.
  • How libertarian politicians like Ron and Rand Paul are ultimately no solution to the problem of the soft totalitarian state but might be “gateway drugs” to a more extreme position.
  • The growing interest in “libertarian populism” within the mainstream Right and how this fits with ARV-ATS that an expanded anti-state movement with a populist bent will be a partial foundation for the next wave of serious radicalism.

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