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

News of the Week
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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The Necessity of Defending the Undefendable 1

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The Necessity of Defending the Undefendable

August 4, 2013

Keith Preston says too many anarchists and libertarians are falling down on the job.

Topics include:

  • A discussion of Walter Block’s classic work “Defending the Undefendable” and Sean Gabb’s new book on the decline of free speech in England.
  • Why defending the outcast, despised, and disreputable much be a libertarian first principle.
  • How too many left-anarchists have become de facto liberal Democrats and too many right-libertarians have become de facto conservative Republicans.
  • Why the revolutionary strategy and program of ARV-ATS necessarily involves the embrace of hard-core extremism.
  • Why anti-state movements must rise above casual dilettantism and embrace an authentic revolutionary outlook.

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“First They Came for the Fascists…”: Reflections on White Nationalism 19

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“First They Came for the Fascists…”: Reflections on White Nationalism

July 21, 2013

Keith Preston strives for an objective analysis of the most taboo political philosophy.

Topics include:

  • The need to defend freedom of opinion and association for everyone.
  • The lack of objective scholarly analysis of white nationalism.
  • The backstory to the odd relationship between ATS and white nationalism.
  • The many variations in white nationalist ideology.
  • Issues raised by white nationalists.
  • Failures and excesses in the white nationalist milieu.
  • The reasons for left-wing hysteria over white nationalists.
  • How the Left and white nationalists often mirror each other.
  • The probable future of white nationalist movements.

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ATS Roundtable: Gangs and the Lumpenproletarian Class Base of Anti-System Struggle Reply

ATS Roundtable
Gangs and the Lumpenproletarian Class Base of Anti-System Struggle

July 14, 2013

ATS senior editors Miles Joyner, Vince Rinehart, and Keith Preston discuss the political potential of organized outlaws.

Topics include:

  • The misperception of gangs as a distinctively lower class social phenomenon.
  • The enormous size of the gang population in the United States.
  • Gangs as a form of stateless tribal networks and models of fourth generation warfare organizations.
  • Past efforts at the political organization of gangs.
  • The role of gangs in past rebellions such as the 1992 West Coast uprisings.
  • Why the lumpenproletariat has surpassed the traditional proletariat as the basis of class struggle.
  • The relationship between gangs and ethno-identitarian movements.
  • Gangs as source of streetfighters during revolutionary struggle.
  • The criteria needed for effective protest movements.
  • How a militant minority of passionate opinion-holders can affect society way beyond their numbers.

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Attack the System and the Question of Identity Reply

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ATS and the Question of Identity

July 8, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the theories of Daniel Byman of the RAND Corporation on the development of insurgent movements.

Topics include:

  • The identity of ARV/ATS as a challenge to the stagnant political ideas of the anarchist establishment and the foundation for a new anarchist movement.
  • The ambition of ARV/ATS to represent the near-universal discontent with “the system” now prevalent in American and other societies and offer a positive alternative vision.
  • The ongoing conflicts between ARV/ATS and the mainstream anarchist movement and why such conflicts are proper and necessary.
  • The need to cultivate alternative forms of identity in opposition to the state.
  • The need to replace patriotic loyalty to the state with ideological patriotism towards the anarchist struggle.
  • How the meta-identify of the anarchist struggle must contain within itself numerous sub-identities related to culture, ethnicity, religion, geography, occupation, and single issues to which individuals form passionate attachments.

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Attack the System: News of the Week July 8, 2013 Reply

News of the Week
Update July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013

ATS News of the Week Commentary with Keith Preston.

Topics include:

  • The overthrow of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi and why the introduction of Western liberal democracy in Middle Eastern nations ironically tends to fuel the creation of Islamic states.
  • The ongoing saga of Edward Snowden and why there must be public campaigns on behalf of whistleblowers on the model of the “Free Mumia” movement.
  • The ongoing atrocities perpetrated by the American police state on innocent civilians and the need for a militant anti-police insurgency similar to the Black Panthers of the 1960s or the militia movement of more recent times.
  • The trial of George Zimmerman for the alleged murder of Trayvon Martin and why controversial courts cases and public issues should be decided on the basis of facts and reason rather than political ideology and cultural prejudices.

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Politics and Prison in Venezuela Reply

By Juan Forero

Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, October 5, 2009

Julio Cesar Rivas, 22, spent about three weeks in jail after taking part in a protest. He was released last Monday and launched a hunger strike to protest jailings of dissenters.
Julio Cesar Rivas, 22, spent about three weeks in jail after taking part in a protest. He was released last Monday and launched a hunger strike to protest jailings of dissenters. (By Juan Forero — The Washington Post)

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez’s government says Julio Cesar Rivas is a violent militant intent on fomenting civil war.

Rivas’s supporters say the 22-year-old university student is just one of many Venezuelans jailed for challenging a populist government that they contend is increasingly intolerant of dissent.

As the Chávez government approaches 11 years in power, many of its most prominent opponents are in exile in foreign countries or under criminal investigation here.


Japan: Living in an Internet Cafe Reply

Tadayuki Sakai moved to an Internet cafe in Tokyo shortly after leaving his job at a credit card company, where he worked for 20 years. Image by Shiho Fukada. Japan, 2012.

Shiho Fukada

Story by Brett Roegiers, CNN

Fumiya has learned to sleep with a blanket over his face to block out the fluorescent lights that stay on all night. Unable to afford an apartment in Tokyo, he has been living in an Internet cafe for nearly a year.

At 26, he is part of Japan’s struggling working class. Temporary workers with little job security now make up more than a third of the country’s labor force, according to government statistics.

People like Fumiya, who asked that his last name not be used to protect his privacy, have been hit hard by the recession in Japan.

His story illustrates the economic crisis photographer Shiho Fukada has been covering since 2009. A native of Tokyo, she had been living in New York for 10 years when she started a documentary project with funding from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. More…

The 4 A.M. Temp Army Reply

By Michael Grabell, ProPublica

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Temps pay to ride to work on a bus owned by a raitero, or local labor broker.

It’s 4:18 a.m., and the strip mall in Hanover Park, Ill., is deserted. But tucked in back, next to a closed-down video store, an employment agency is already filling up. Rosa Ramirez enters, as she has done nearly every morning for the past six months. She signs in, sits down in one of the 100 or so blue plastic chairs that fill the office, and waits. Over the next three hours, dispatchers will bark out the names of those who will work today.In cities across the country, workers stand on corners, line up in alleys or wait in a neon-lighted beauty salon for rickety vans to whisk them off to warehouses miles away. Workers say the 15-­passenger vans often carry 22 people. They sit on the wheel wells, in the trunk space or on milk crates or paint buckets. Female workers complain that they are forced to sit on the laps of strangers. Some workers must lie on the floor, other passengers’ feet on top of them.

This is not Mexico. It is not Guatemala or Honduras. This is Chicago, New Jersey, Boston. More…

Obama’s Soft Totalitarianism: Europe Must Protect Itself from America Reply
Jakob Augstein

[AFP] People around the world were shocked to learn of the extent of US snooping. This anti-Obama poster comes from Hong Kong.

Is Barack Obama a friend? Revelations about his government’s vast spying program call that assumption into doubt. The European Union must protect the Continent from America’s reach for omnipotence. More…

Attack the System: Robert Nozick and the Evolution of Anti-State Thought Reply

Keith Preston discusses the work of the late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick.

Topics include:

-Nozick’s “Anarchy, State, and Utopia” as a landmark work in political philosophy and its influence in academia.

-How both the Left and Right often read Nozick selectively and vulgarize his thinking.

-The relevance of Nozick’s concept of the “ultra-minimal state” to fourth generation warfare theory.

-Nozick’s concept of a meta-utopia of self-determined communities and how this presents a model for the evolution of anti-state radicalism beyond both leftist anarcho-social democracy and vulgar libertarian plutocratic apologies.

Six reasons why choosing Hong Kong is a brilliant move by Edward Snowden 1

I live in Hong Kong. And when the news broke that Snowden had decided to take refuge in my city, I was puzzled at first. But then, as I read and listened to pundit after pundit in the US declare that Hong Kong was a crazy choice for a whistleblower on the lam, I began to realize: no, they’re absolutely wrong. Choosing Hong Kong is clearly something Edward Snowden thought through, and very well indeed. Heck, many of the reasons why he’s probably in Hong Kong are the same reasons I came here, too. More…

U.S. charges Snowden with espionage Reply
Peter Finn and Sari Horwitz

Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.

Snowden was charged with theft, “unauthorized communication of national defense information” and “willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person,” according to the complaint. The last two charges were brought under the 1917 Espionage Act. More…