Keith Preston revisits some of the core ATS documents in light of contemporary events.
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.
ATS editors Keith Preston and Vince Rinehart discuss Cascadia and bioregionalism with guest Casey Corcoran.
-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…
ATS News of the Week Commentary with Keith Preston.
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
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.
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.
ATS News of the Week Commentary with Keith Preston.
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.
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. (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.
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.
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…
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…
[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…
Keith Preston discusses the work of the late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick.
-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. More…
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…
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…