Robert Stark interviews John Robb Reply

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Robert Stark talks to John Robb of Global Guerrillas . John is an author, inventor, entrepreneur, technology analyst, engineer, and military pilot. He’s started numerous successful technology companies, including one in the financial sector that sold for $295 m and one that pioneered the software we currently see in use at Facebook and Twitter. John’s insight on technology and governance has appeared on the BBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, CNBC, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek.

John served as a pilot in a tier one counter-terrorism unit that worked alongside Delta and Seal Team 6. He wrote the book Brave New War on the future of national security, and has advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff, NSA, DoD, CIA, and the House Armed Services Committee.

Topics include:

His new booklet The American Way: The Lost Secret to American Prosperity and How to Get it Back

America’s foreign policiy

Resilient Communities

The factors that lead to America’s unique prosperity

The problems of centralization of power and low social trust

Barriers to creating resilient communities

How to become economically independent

How to return production to a local level

Why We Need Hillary to Win: The Fire Rises 3

An interesting and, I suspect, accurate bit of analysis.

I think this commentator is correct that as U.S. society continues to move leftward, the right will become increasingly alienated from both the political establishment and the mainstream culture, and begin to adopt a more radical, militant, and anti-establishment stance. Hence, they will be less oriented towards “Defend America!” or “Take Back America!,” or more oriented towards “To Hell with America!”. Plus, as their numbers continue to dwindle, they will realize the impossibility of taking over the state, and begin to adopt ideas like secession and decentralization. Where it will go from there is anyone’s guess.

The majority of leftists, liberals, progressives, left-anarchists, and (probably) libertarians usually express horror at the idea of “right-wingers” seceding in order to practice allegedly reactionary values within the context of their own enclaves. While I am merely an anarchist (in the tradition of Stirner), and not any kind of right winger, I would consider mass secession by predominately rightist-leaning communities to be a means of weakening and destroying the American imperial empire, both internationally and domestic. Unfortunately, most cultural cosmopolitans and “progressives” apparently believe that making sure there’s an an abortion clinic and a gay bar on every street corner in every backwoods town is more important that overthrowing a genocidal imperialist regime and a global plutocratic tyranny.

By Jan Stadler

Traditionalist Youth Network

Given the endless coverage by FOX news and Bill O’Reilly of poll after poll after speculation with Charles Krauthammer over whether Hillary can win, will Hillary run and can Rand Paul beat Hillary, I am going to assume the 2016 election has already begun.

Of course in line with this excessively premature hysteria about Hillary Clinton, conservatives, libertarians, populists, Tea Partiers and Christian fundamentalists are all in a twit over the future prospects of Hilary Clinton become the next president of these states united.

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Students for Liberty: “The principle of foreign non-interventionism is not a precondition to being a libertarian” 3

Perhaps not. But opposition to American imperialism is certainly the first prerequisite for any kind of political radicalism worthy of the name, libertarian or otherwise. Apparently, some libertarians want libertarianism to be just another faction within the U.S. empire.

Students for Liberty

Over the past year, I have noticed a number of casual, though important, errors that libertarians often make. Knowing these things may save you from mild embarrassment or help you in your internship application.

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Secessionism is Growing: Plan To Split California Into Six States Closer To Reality 4

While I endorse this proposal, I would qualify my endorsement by pointing out that this is merely a plan for decentralizing the state of California. That by itself is a worthwhile ambition, but the wider aim of pan-secessionism is much more radical, i.e. the overthrow of the American empire domestically and the overthrow of neoliberalism internationally. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. If this succeeds, or even becomes widely publicized, it will most likely open the door for the growth of new and more radical secession movements.

By Travis H. Brown

Forbes

Thanks to the signatures of more than 807,000 concerned Californians, an ambitious idea has moved that much closer to becoming a reality. The “Six Californias” Initiative, sponsored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, seeks to create areas that are more governable, more productive, and more successful. As I wrote in this column back in February, the initiative would achieve the triumvirate goal of proportionately distributing California’s debts based on population, ending all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California, and creating new, more representative governments with the ability to enact public policies that make the most sense for the new state.

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Green, self-righteous – and still ruinous. Meet the new politically correct imperialism 1

By James Delingpole

The Spectator

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‘Why did you leave us?’ said the old Sudanese man in Omdurman market. ‘Things were so much better when you were here.’ He was talking about the British empire, of course, and apologies if I’ve told the story before, as I know I have. It’s just that it’s such a fantastically satisfying way of winding up all those guilt-ridden post-colonial types who find it a source of shame and embarrassment that the world’s atlas was once half-covered pink.

Political Correctness and Imperialism 1

By Justin Raimondo

Antiwar.Com

With support for interventionism at an all-time low, the War Party is constantly on the lookout for fresh justifications of their failed and increasingly unpopular overseas meddling. The old saw about how “terrorists” mustn’t be allowed to establish “safe havens” is getting a bit stale, and was never all that persuasive to begin with: after all, the 9/11 attacks were planned in Hamburg, Germany. For the first time ever a majority of Americans think the ideal US foreign policy would be “minding our own business,” as the wording of a recent Pew poll put it. So the old tart has to put on a new coat of paint and dress up in more fashionable raiment in order to keep her clientele and perhaps even attract some new ones.

Joe Biden is just the man for the job: brazenly opportunistic and happy to bloviate at a moment’s notice, the grandstanding Vice President declared this week that “protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions,” according to NBC News.

“I don’t care what your culture is,” he said, not telling us anything about American imperialism we didn’t already know. “Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.”

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Kanaka Maoli to Feds: ‘Get Out of Our House! Go Home!’ Reply

Decolonial monarchism! This jives well with Bioregionalism and indigenous clan/band/village level sovereignty. A fellow member of my tribe commented that “sovereignty should not be defined at the whim of U.S. congressional mood swings.” I agree entirely but would add that the US would never allow for any genuine, self defined sovereignty for indigenous nations within it’s borders. I theorize that the only conditions under which that might happen are when the US is weak and badly in need of winning the support of indigenous peoples, Native Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations to maintain its legitimacy. But at that point why would we need such a weak ally? Until then, the only acceptable level of “sovereignty” will be that of a client state at best, but more likely we’ll remain as just another colonial administrative unit of the bureaucratic empire.


Kanaka Maoli to Feds: ‘Get Out of Our House! Go Home!’

Civil Beat
by Chad Blair

Leona Kalima shares her manao with the Department of Interior about a government-to-government relationship with Hawaiians, Hawaii State Capitol, June 23, 2014. PF Bentley/Civil Beat

To help the U.S. Department of the Interior understand how some Native Hawaiians view federal recognition, DeMont R. D. Conner offered this analogy:

Your car is stolen. The person who stole the car later apologizes and offers you a bicycle.

The only proper response to such an offer, said Connor, is to insist that the stolen property be returned to its rightful owner.

“Go back and tell your boss, ‘Give ’em back da car!’” he told a panel of Interior officials as the audience that packed the Hawaii State Capitol Monday morning erupted into laughter and hearty applause.

Connor’s point was that the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893 was a theft.

For federal officials to offer recognition, a 121 years later, to Kanaka Maoli as an indigenous people entitled to government-to-government status with the United States is like giving them a bike. Not just any bike, either, said Conner: a Schwinn.

He was one of 143 people who testified — and shouted, cried, pleaded, prayed, chanted and sang — for more than three hours Monday before Interior officials. It was the first of 15 public meetings in the islands scheduled over the next two weeks.

The hearings are part of a “listening tour” being conducted by Interior to solicit comments and feedback on “whether and how” the process of reestablishing a government-to-government relationship should proceed.

The answer from nearly everyone who testified Monday was that it should not. In their view, Hawaii is still a nation and the Americans are occupiers — like the U.S. military — who should leave.

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Osama Bin Laden’s 7 Rules for the Effective Terrorist Reply

Slate’s write up characterizes these as rules for terrorists. It seems that they are more like rules for effective insurgency against Middle East States. Original documents can be found here. A brief fun down of the rules:

  1. Don’t fight civil wars.

    As for the local enemy, such as if the Yemenis were to begin a long battle against the security services, this is a matter that will weigh on the people. As time goes by, they will begin to feel that some of them have been killed and they will start to want to stop the fighting. This would promote the ideology of secular governments that raise the motto of pleasing all sides.

  2. Don’t kill civilians.
  3. Don’t flaunt your bloodlust.
  4. Don’t rule harshly.
  5. Don’t claim territory unless you can feed the people.

    The issue of providing for basic needs is a matter that must be taken into consideration before taking control of nations or cities. If a controlling force, that enjoys the support of the majority where it has taken control, fails to provide for the basic needs of the people, it will lose their support and will find itself in a difficult position that will grow increasingly difficult with each passing day. People will not bear seeing their children die as a consequence of a lack of food or medicine.

  6. Don’t fight with your allies.
  7. Many Iraqis joined the mujahidin against the Americans until some mistakes happened when some of al-Anbar tribe’s children were attacked without a reason of self-defense (they were not a threat to the mujahidin), but they were registering in the security force compound. This attack resulted in the tribe working against the mujahidin.

  8. Don’t alarm your enemies prematurely.
  9. The entire write up at Slate is worth a read.

Anarchy Global Revolution and the Purpose of NAM Reply

According to the Mao-Maos, what’s being described in this essay is already happening.

By Pasquale Pulella

NATA-NY

Anarchy’s greatest feature is also its greatest weakness. Anarchy is a world without rulers which means no organized hierarchical violence. This lack of violence is not necessarily a weakness but it has been in the past. Just look at the past examples of anarchy and how quickly they were overcome by the state. One example was the Barcelona Revolution in the 1930’s after the anarchists had liberated Barcelona it had no state no police and a faction who was their ally; the communist backed Republic of Spain had attacked the city, funds were cut off from the Anarchists. The new republic eventually took Barcelona and later Francisco Franco won the Civil war. If there was no government globally than Anarchy would stand a better chance at lasting because no outside government could threaten anyone’s freedom. Is this possible? No.

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Sean Gabb on the Iraq Situation 1

I concur with Sean completely. I first became interested in the anti-imperialist cause through hearing about and reading about the Vietnam War as a kid. As a very young adult, I was involved in opposing the Reagan administration’s war in Central America. When the first Iraq War happened in 1990-91, I publicly protested the war. I regarded Iraq’s annexation of Kuwait as a backyard, regional imperialism that was no more significant to world events than America’s annexation of a third of Mexico in the 1850s, and not as significant as Indonesia’s American-backed genocide in East Timor during the 1970s and 1980s.  I continued to oppose the sanctions against Iraq throughout the 1990s, and when the second Iraq War began in 2003 I was an outspoken critic and accurately predicted its outcome.

By Dr. Sean Gabb

Libertarian Alliance

Note: This is an old article, but it will have do do as my comment on what is now happening in Iraq. I have another article somewhere in which I predicted the general course of what has since happened, but cannot currently lay hands on it. This will have to do. We destroyed a regime of secular nationalists on the promise that liberal democracy would somehow emerge from its rubble. All we have actually had is an unstoppable resurgence of religious enthusiasm. The best we can hope for is that our rulers will cut off aid to the rebels in Syria, and then do nothing while the Iranians restore as much order as they can – presumably also turning the stabilised areas into a protectorate.

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The Terrorist Army Marching on Baghdad 23

By Jessica Lewis

The Wall Street Journal

We’re losing Iraq. Mosul, a great city in northern Iraq, now belongs to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The world has changed overnight as a former al Qaeda affiliate wrested a major city from a state by force—and without a fight. Within two days of taking Mosul, ISIS pushed south toward Baghdad, collapsing the Iraqi security forces like dominoes in cities from Mosul to Tikrit. ISIS also attacked the Shiite holy city of Samarra. Baghdad is within their sights.

It is already clear that, regardless of whether Baghdad falls, the ascendancy of ISIS is going to redraw and redefine the Middle East. The Kurdish Regional Government, seeing the rest of Iraq in turmoil and government troops pulling out of Kirkuk, moved on Wednesday to secure the oil-rich province—a prize the Kurds had long sought. With the city now controlled by the Kurds’ Peshmerga military, conditions are ripe for the Kurdish region to secede from Iraq. If that happens, the effects are likely to cascade across neighboring states, erasing Middle East borders established in 1916 by the Sykes-Picot agreement. More…

Islamic militants advance toward Baghdad; Iran vows to aid Iraq Reply

Saigon and Phnom Pehn, 1975. Baghdad, 2014.

This is more or less how I thought the Iraq War would turn out when it began in 2003. The progression of events has been very similar to what happened in Vietnam and Cambodia. An invasion, followed by destabilization, an unpopular occupation, a growing insurgency, a turn of public opinion against the war within the domestic USA, a series of failed puppet regimes, and eventual withdrawal, followed by several years of civil war and the eventual coming to power of some of the worst elements imaginable that managed to crawl out of the sewers during the period of chaos.

By Nabith Bulos and Carol J. Williams

Los Angeles Times

 

Fighters from the resurgent Al Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have rolled over large swaths of Iraqi territory in recent days, meeting little resistance from Iraq’s marginalized Sunni Muslim minority and wide-scale retreat of Iraqi soldiers.

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Gritty Star Wars Reply

A collection of Star Wars art re-imagines the classic sci-fi story as a gritty TV series with realistic political undertones, exploring the moral ambiguity of military conflict and civil war. Poor kids are conscripted into the Storm Trooper infantry, and rebel insurgents are defectors from the imperial underclass utilizing terrorist tactics. Is Star Wars just another struggle between two forces of the galactic ruling class: corrupt, self-aggrandizing senators on one side, and an imperial dictatorship on the other? a few sample pictures and captions below, and definitely read the whole thing if this sounds interesting.

What would it be like to follow the story of a conscript? Would a poor kid, conscripted into the imperial army, have ever been to orbit? Maybe some of them really believe in what the Empire is doing?? Maybe some of them just want to go home?


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Euroskepticism and Its Discontents Reply

The European elections saw gains by the far right, far left, libertarians, and radical populists. The common thread was opposition to the budding continental empire of the EU and its dominance by the neoliberal plutocracy. The Europeans need the message of anarcho-pluralism and pan-secessionism as much as Americans do. This looks like a job for the national-anarchists.

By Justin Raimondo

Antiwar.Com

The conventional wisdom is nearly always wrong, and rarely so wrong as when it comes to the EU elections, the results of which are being trumpeted as the triumph of the “far right.” The more alarmist among these uniformly pro-EU commentators are even claiming neo-fascism in Europe is on the march. Well, they’re at least half right: something is on the march. They just don’t know what it is.

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Ralph Nader: “The left is seized by fear and the right is driven by brass” Reply

This is the most interesting development I’ve seen in mainstream U.S. politics since the Ron Paul phenomenon. Hopefully, it will have a similar effect. The Ron Paul campaign not only spearheaded massive growth in the mainstream libertarian movement, but served as a “gateway drug” that led many of these new libertarians to a more serious form of anarchism. Now, let’s hope Nader’s ideas create a lot of the new enthusiasts for a left/right convergence against the system, and serve as a “gateway drug” to new forms of radicalism that challenge the left/right model.

An interview with Nader by David Daley.

Salon.Com

Ralph Nader: "The left is seized by fear and the right is driven by brass"Ralph Nader (Credit: AP/Evan Vucci)

Say what you will about Ralph Nader — and most of you probably have — the man is tireless and persistent.

Now 80, Nader has a new book with the triumphant title of “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” And even if you’re not convinced that alliance is emerging, let alone unstoppable, Nader beats on, a relentless, articulate and sometimes very lonely critic of big business, media mediocrity and politicians who put corporate interests ahead of the public interest. Which means most of them.

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Book review: ‘Unstoppable’ by Ralph Nader, on building a left-right alliance Reply

By Timothy Noah

The Washington Post

Ralph Nader wants liberals and conservatives to work together. In his new book, “Unstoppable,” he cites many instances in which such cooperation ought to be possible, at least theoretically. But the book’s greater value may lie in the opportunity to contemplate, almost half a century after he first stepped onto the national stage, where Nader himself fits on the ideological spectrum.

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The Destructive Momentum of Militaristic Ideology Reply

By Ralph Nader

Counterpunch.Org

Memorial Day – the origins of which stem from Decoration Day in 1868 which recognized the Union soldiers who had perished – is a day of lost opportunities. No, I’m not referring to consumers missing out on store sales and the advertising hoopla by television marketeers who have ravaged that special day in their unseemly pursuit of profits. Rather, I am speaking of additional ways of commemorating Memorial Day that provide much-needed context of the sacrifices for present and future generations.

 

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Obama: ‘I Believe in American Exceptionalism with Every Fiber of My Being’ Reply

By Jon Queally

CommonDreams.Org

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Class of 2014, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (Photo: AP)In a speech rife with incongruities and contradictions, President Obama set out his vision and defense of U.S. foreign policy on Wednesday at the West Point Military Academy in New York.

In the speech, Obama announced that he believes “in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being” and spoke repeatedly about “American leadership” and “American strength.”

Progressives and foreign policy experts on the left, however, were quick to criticize the president’s speech from various angles via their Twitter accounts with many noting that for all his grand rhetoric on the nation’s special place in the world, the United States under his leadership has done little to inspire and much to undermine such a role. From assaults on human rights and the flouting of international law to serves its own interests, many critics charge, the United States continues to export militarism while undermining efforts to create a more just and peaceful world.

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Robert Stark Interviews Keith Preston Reply

The Stark Truth with Robert Stark.

This was recorded a few months back, but it’s a good one.

Listen here.

Robert Stark welcomes back Keith Preston of Attack the System. Topics include:

  • Keith’s article “Who am I? Left, Right, or Center”: https://attackthesystem.com/2014/02/21/who-am-i-left-right-or-center/
  • How his anti-imperialist views on foreign policy overlap with the far Left as well as Paleoconservative and New Right thinkers
  • How he finds his critique of capitalism often overlaps with both those of the far Left but also those of Catholic distributists and social nationalists on the far Right
  • How he shares some views on social issues with the Left, but swings back to the Right on decentralist, anti-statist or civil libertarian grounds
  • His support for regionalist and ethno-identitarian movements as a bulwark against imperialism and the Leviathan state
  • The cult of guilt by association versus intellectual freedom
  • Making a case against mass immigration to anarchists
  • His podcast “Who Are the Power Elite?”: https://attackthesystem.com/2013/12/30/attack-the-system-who-are-the-power-elite/
  • The difference between power elite analysis and conspiracy theories
  • Power elite analysis versus theories of democratic pluralism
  • How the power elite uses demographic, cultural, and class conflict to protect its own position of dominance
  • Robert Putnam’s book Bowling Alone and the concept of social capital
  • His podcast “Creating Alternative Infrastructure”: https://attackthesystem.com/2014/02/15/ats-roundtable-on-creating-alternative-infrastructure/

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