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Beyond Social Justice 8

A discussion with Ian Mayes, Nexus X Humectress, and Keith Preston about how social justice activism has led anarchist movements astray and lots of other stuff.

Topics include:

  • Anarcho-pacifism
  • Intentional communities
  • Beyond Social Justice: how historical opposition to valid injustices has now evolved into something absurd.
  • How totalitarian humanism’s focus on privilege and microaggressions forestalls social revolution.
  • Is feminism necessary in the West?
  • Radical gender equality.
  • How the men’s rights movement fits the dictionary definition of feminism.
  • MGTOW: Men Going Their Own Way, the new subculture of anti-marriage relationship nihilists.
  • No “hope” for revolution.
  • “Anarchist” as an identity.

More…

Roundtable on Religion and the State: Can Pagans, Christians, and Atheists Get Along? 31

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Roundtable on Religion and the State: Can Pagans, Christians, and Atheists Get Along?

August 3, 2014

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ATS contributors discuss their spiritual and theological perspectives, and the relationship of these to history, ethics, and politics. Features conservative Christians Brock Bellerive and Todd Lewis, pagan Rodney Huber, and atheists Spencer Pearson and Keith Preston.

Topics include:

  • The unfortunate history of mutual persecution between Christians, pagans, and secularists.
  • The question of which religious or philosophical traditions have the most blood on their hands.
  • How political decentralization and cultural separation help to foster peaceful co-existence

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The State of the Resistance: Five Years Into the Age of Obama 1

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The State of the Resistance: Five Years Into the Age of Obama

April 7, 2014

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Keith Preston critiques the growing libertarian movement within the context of current political trends in the United States. Topics include:

Topics include:

  • How libertarianism has grown in popularity since 2007.
  • Why the libertarian movement is merely a microcosm of the wider society.
  • How the mainstream right is experiencing a growing conflict between libertarians, neoconservatives, and social conservatives.
  • The bleak future of the Republican Party.</li.
  • The probability of the neoconservatives future return to the Democratic Party.
  • How the corporate class is attempting to co-opt libertarianism.
  • How the political class of the future will be a triumvirate of neoconservatives, progressive liberals, and the hard left.
  • Why the present day anarchist milieu is not a movement for functional adults.
  • Emerging cracks in the left’s coalition of constituents.
  • The need to cultivate much better quality anarchist and libertarian movements in the decades ahead so that these movements will be prepared for the crises that will unfold as the twenty-first century progresses.

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Anarchism and Spirituality Reply

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Anarchism and Spirituality: An Interview with Jay Cypher

February 22, 2014

Keith Preston interviews Jay Cypher, anarchist anthropologist and scholar of the relationship between spirituality, religion, and social movements. Topics include:

Topics include:

  • Her recent lecture “Anarchy and Spiritual Practice.”
  • Libertarian tendencies within various religious traditions.
  • Her involvement with the National-Anarchist Tribal Alliance of New York.
  • Do-It-Yourself activism and intentional communities.
  • Anarchism on the macro-level and micro-level.
  • The human instinct for freedom and resistance to oppression.
  • The importance of alternative sources of food production.
  • More…

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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Women Against The State 24

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Women Against the State

February 1, 2014

A panel discussion with M.K. Lords, Becky Belding, Trista Rundatz, and Keith Preston about gender issues in the libertarian milieu, and wider issues facing the libertarian and anarchist movements. Topics include:

Topics include:

  • Why anti-state movements attract more men than women.
  • The left/right divide within libertarianism and anarchism.
  • The role of statist oppression vs oppressive social and cultural norms.
  • The relationship between libertarianism and women’s issues.
  • Currents within feminism and how these compare and contrast with libertarian values.
  • Is the pendulum swinging concerning gender role issues and gender oppression?
  • The men’s rights movement.
  • How the state is a common denominator in all forms of oppression.
  • Why men and women often differ in their political issues of interest.
  • The issues of pornography, prostitution, and sex work.
  • Anarchist strategy and communication.
  • Gender roles and mental health.
  • Psychotropic drugs and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • War-profiteering and the military-industrial complex.

M.K. Lords is an activist, writer, and fire dancer. She edits and contributes regularly at Bitcoin Not Bombs and also writes for Young Voices. Her work has been featured in Bitcoin Magazine. Her activism emphasizes direct action and agorist methods of building the counter-economy. You can get in touch on twitter @mklords, Facebook M.K. Lords, and view her writings at Bitcoin Not Bombs. She is also a returning guest to the Attack The System show.

Becky Belding is a libertarian and married mother of three living in South Carolina. She is a part time wage slave in finance to fund her expensive lapidary and wire art hobby, Eclectic Spectrum. She also has a political blog at Meat Curtain of Doom.

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Bitcoin Against the System: An Interview with M.K. Lords

January 29, 2014

Keith Preston interviews Bitcoin and counter-economics activist M. K. Lords.

Topics include:

  • How Bitcoins can be used to bypass the warfare state and assist with social justice issues such as homelessness.
  • The Ron Paul campaigns as a transition to more radical forms of libertarianism.
  • Subversive concepts such as agorism, counter-economics, and crypto-anarchy.
  • Gender roles and the cultural divide among anarchists and libertarians.
  • Educating the public on knowing their rights during encounters with the police.
  • The increasing repression of the poor as class divisions widen.
  • Why it is futile to regard the state as a means to social justice.
  • Obamacare as a means of creating a monopolistic insurance cartel on the model of the corporate media monopoly.

M.K. Lords is an activist, writer, and fire dancer. She edits and contributes regularly at Bitcoin Not Bombs and also writes for Young Voices. Her work has been featured in Bitcoin Magazine. Her activism emphasizes direct action and agorist methods of building the counter-economy. You can get in touch on twitter @mklords, Facebook M.K. Lords, and view her writings at Bitcoin Not Bombs.

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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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Attack the System: Who Are the Power Elite? 8

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Who Are the Power Elite?

December 29, 2013

Keith Preston dissects the American ruling class.

Topics include:

  • The difference between power elite analysis and conspiracy theories.
  • Power elite analysis versus theories of democratic pluralism.
  • Classical elite theory as developed during the interwar period of the 1920s.
  • C. Wright Mills as the godfather of power elite theory.
  • James Burnham and the managerial revolution.
  • William Domhoff and the role of ideological institutions.
  • Robert Putnam and the role of technological elites.
  • Thomas Dye and the development of consensus among elites.
  • How the power elite uses demographic, cultural, and class conflict to protect its own position of dominance.

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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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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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Moving to the Left of the Left of the Left: The Case for Pan-Anarchism 2

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Moving to the Left of the Left of the Left: The Case for Pan-Anarchism

October 20, 2013

Keith Preston continues his discussion of the likely political future of the United States.

Topics include:

  • Peter Beinart’s recent article, “The Rise of New New Left,” and how this thesis is consistent with the ARV-ATS outlook.
  • Rick Perlstein’s skeptical response, which raises the spectre of an American fascism.
  • How the Left has never recovered from the traumatizing experience of fascism and the crippling paranoia that grips the Left as a result.
  • Why Anarchists should reject the cliches of progressive liberalism and social democracy, and instead embrace an uncompromisingly revolutionary stance.
  • Why changing social conditions will make it necessary for Anarchists to evolve past the narrow race, class, and gender paradigm of the academic Left in favor of a radical populism that incorporates libertarian, decentralist, and anti-authoritarian ideas from all across the political spectrum into its approach.

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The Next 30 Years of American Politics

October 13, 2013

Keith Preston discusses how American political culture will likely develop over the next few decades.

Topics include:

  • Why the American Empire will continue to implode due to loss of legitimacy and fiscal constraints.
  • Why American society will become more diverse and integrated than ever before due to demographic change.
  • How more and more previously marginalized social groups will begin to demand recognition.
  • Why the Republican Party has no future.
  • How the war on drugs and the prison-industrial have leveled off and started to gradually recede.
  • How the Right will shrink in size but develop a more militant and oppositional stance over time.
  • How the Left will become more fractured and divided as its various constituent groups come into conflict with each other.
  • How Political Correctness and the nanny state will continue to grow and then level off.
  • The cyclical nature of American partisan politics and periods of repression.
  • Why social rebellion of the kind that occurred in the early 20th century will reappear in the United States in the decades ahead.
  • How anti-state movements are growing and working their way into the mainstream and must ultimately strive to replace the current center-left establishment.

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The World According to ARV-ATS

September 29, 2013

Keith Preston discusses contemporary events from the perspective of the ARV-ATS philosophy and strategy.

Topics include:

  • How Putin’s upstaging of Obama over Syria indicates the American state’s loss of legitimacy.
  • The possibility of a bloc of “rogue nations” emerging in opposition to the empire.
  • Russia as a potential benefactor of fourth generation warfare tendencies.
  • The possibility of cooperation between rogue nations, independence movements and separatist forces, and fourth generation armies against the empire.
  • The empire’s ongoing belligerence against Iran.
  • The repression of Golden Dawn in Greece.
  • The growth of secessionist sentiment in the USA.
  • Obamacare vs the Republicans
  • Why the anarcho-pluralist, pan-secessionist outlook of ARV-ATS transcends conventional ideological boundaries
  • How contemporary paleoconservatism resembles the early New Left.
  • Lessons from the libertarian movement during its early years in the late 1960s and early 1970.

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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

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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