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.
News of the Week
ROUNDTABLE: Gangs, Protesters, Facebook Groups, Whistleblowers, and more
June 23, 2013
A roundtable discussion of current events with ATS senior editors Keith Preston, Vincent Rinehart, and Michael Parish.
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…
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…
Montana just made history. It recently enacted the first state law in the nation (sponsored by Rep. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings)) requiring law enforcement to obtain a probable-cause warrant before tracking an individual based on his or her cell phone location information, social networking check-ins, or via a GPS tracking device in a criminal investigation. (A few states do have laws pertaining only to GPS tracking.) More…
There’s been plenty of commentary concerning the latest NSA leak concerning its FISA court-approved “rules” for when it can keep data, and when it needs to delete it. As many of you pointed out in the comments to that piece — and many others are now exploring — the rules seem to clearly say that if your data is encrypted, the NSA can keep it. More…
Keith Preston explains how concerns about the surveillance state are creating opportunities for new political realignments. More…
Keith discusses the process of revolutionary build up that must occur in the decades ahead for the System to be effectively challenged by mid-century.. More…
ATS News of the Week Commentary with Keith Preston.
-The participants in the current Bilderberg gathering.
-The shooting in Santa Monica.
-The parole hearing of former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten.
-The death of a young Antifa in France.
-Obama’s culpability in the growth of the surveillance state.
-A discussion of Jeffrey St. Clair’s article on the decline of the American Left.
-Scott Locklin’s article on why Americans are too fat and lazy for a revolution.
-The need for an American Hezbollah.
Icelandic legislator and Icelandic Modern Media Initiative co-founder Birgitta Jonsdottir
When WikiLeaks burst onto the international stage in 2010, the small Nordic nation of Iceland offered it a safe haven. Now American whistleblower Edward Snowden may be seeking that country’s protection, and at least one member of its parliament says she’s ready to help.
Keith calls for a revolutionary reorganization of law along libertarian lines. Topics include:
-The non-aggression principle as the basis for libertarian law
-Conflicting interpretations of the NAP among anti-state radicals.
-How legal institutions in a stateless society might be organized.
-Much needed reforms within the realm of criminal law. More…
Keith Preston criticizes the mainstream narratives that promote the myth of big government and big business being antagonists of one another.
The false narratives maintained by liberals and conservatives alike regarding the relationship between State and Capital.
The rise in recent years of popular movements rooted in economic discontent. More…
Keith Preston continues his discussion of how to bring revolutionary anarchist ideas into the mainstream.
How the prevalence of cultural leftist fanaticism within the anarchist milieu is undermining the growth of the movement and outreach efforts.
Why the state is a unique institution of oppression and why efforts to equate statism with other forms of authoritarianism are misguided.
Keith Preston reflects on recent violent conflicts within the anarchist milieu and discusses more constructive approaches.
How the variety of hyphenated forms of anarchism will continue to grow as anarchism becomes a more prevalent political ideology.
How the many hyphens within anarchism need not be a source of division but of strength and potential outreach to an ever greater number of constituencies.
The need for leaders and activists to emerge in different anti-state movements who recognize the need for a united revolutionary front against common enemies. More…
Keith Preston offers a critical evaluation of the movement that shaped the cultural life of contemporary Western societies.
The intellectual and political origins of the New Left as a “fourth way” movement beyond capitalism, fascism, and communism.
The convergence of social forces during the 1960s that made the growth of the New Left possible.
The success of the New Left at carrying out a comprehensive cultural revolution in Western civilization.
The failure of the New Left at opposing American imperialism, challenging the hegemony of plutocratic capitalism, and preventing the subsequent growth of police state repression.
Keith Preston interviews returning guest Ryan Faulk.
Ryan’s latest project, the All Nations Party, a proposed political meta-party devoted to pan-secessionism.
How such a party might be composed of sub-parties devoted to specific regional, ideological, or identitarian interests and how these might break down into constituent sub-interests of their own.
How cultural conflict prevents the growth of effective opposition to the political class.
Keith Preston offers a critical analysis of contemporary cultural and political conflict.
The ideological roots of the culture wars in the historic conflict between classical liberalism and socialism.
How the culture wars are a manifestation of class conflict between the traditional WASP elites and the rising, multicultural upper-middle class.
by Mark Dyal
Counter-Currents is set to publish part three of my continuing examination of Deleuze and Guattari’s potential to influence what I am now calling the revolutionary Right, including More…
Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News
A new United Nations study has found that more people around the world have access to a cellphone than to a working toilet.
The study’s numbers claim that of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones. However, only 4.5 billion have access to a toilet.
At a press conference announcing the report, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson announced the organization is launching an effort to halve the number of those without access by the end of 2015. More…
AFP Photo/Mohhamed Al-Shaikh
Anonymous has struck again in its ongoing campaign against Israeli forces, this time by releasing thousands of names, ID numbers, email addresses and geographic data allegedly corresponding to Israeli politicians, IDF officers and even Mossad agents. More…
Authority is a sort of personal trust that we have for someone, say, our doctor. If we say he is a good doctor then we express that he has authority with us. Hobbes realised that the state was based on such authority. Locke later called it tacit consent and David Hume said that it was based on opinion. But the Beatles had authority with many teenagers in the 1960s. Authority is like that. It is what we think is good about people or institutions, it mainly consists in what we value highly.
An anarchist is an individual who rejects the state’s authority within his own value system, but that hardly alters the fact that others are not with him there, so the anarchist can still see that the state is upheld by the authority it has with many others; maybe most others. So the state has power over him owing to the support for the state from other people, even though the lone anarchist has contempt for the state. More…
A new defense of libertarian anarchism makes the case that the philosophy belongs on the left.
Aeon J. Skoble from the April 2013 issue
Anarchy and Legal Order: Law and Politics for a Stateless Society, by Gary Chartier, Cambridge University Press, 416 pages, $115
If a just society is one rooted in peaceful, voluntary cooperation, and the state aggressively precludes and preempts this kind of cooperation, then the just society must be a stateless society. Philosopher and legal scholar Gary Chartier presents this argument on the first page of Anarchy and Legal Order, and the remainder is largely a defense of that bold claim. More…