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…

Totalitarian Humanism and the Paradox of the Sexual Minority Rights Movement Reply

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Totalitarian Humanism and the Paradox of the Sexual Minority Rights Movement

August 25, 2013

Keith Preston revisits his controversial 2009 article “Is Extremism in the Defense of Sodomy No Vice?” in light of recent news events.

Topics include:

  • The lengthy history of the persecution of sexual minorities by the state.
  • How sexual minority individuals like Chelsea Manning and Glenn Greenwald have taken the lead in the contemporary struggle against the state.
  • The contributions of homosexuals to past anarchist movements and the mixed record of anarchism’s relationship with homosexual rights issues.
  • How the sexual minority rights movement has ironically become a leading constituency for totalitarian humanism.
  • The increasingly flagrant nature of statist attacks on liberties of speech, religion, association, and exchange in the name of gay rights and overlapping movements.
  • The hypocrisy of Western elites’ condemnation of Russia’s anti-gay laws while ignoring much worse persecution of religious minorities in Egypt.
  • How the majority of anarchists and libertarians have turned a blind eye to the excesses, absurdities, and atrocities perpetrated by the forces of totalitarian humanism.
  • How their own cultural leftism prevents many libertarians and anarchism from recognizing left-wing authoritarianism for what it is and the cowardice this reflects.

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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

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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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Weekly News Update July 23, 2013 Reply

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Weekly News Update July 23, 2013

July 28, 2013

Keith Preston reviews recent articles that indicate ARV-ATS ideas are now moving into the mainstream.

Topics include:

  • Chris Hedges’ admission that the liberal class is a failure and has abandoned the poor in favor of middle class cultural politics.
  • John MacArthur’s piece in Harper’s attacking the Wilsonian legacy of the Democratic Party and calling for a left/right alliance against the surveillance state.
  • Justin Raimondo’s observation of the increasing appeal of libertarians and paleo-rightists like Rand Paul to liberals dismayed by the Left’s failures on civil liberties issues and how the establishment’s neocon-progressive alliance views this as a threat.
  • How Lew Rockwell and Murray Rothbard’s “paleo strategy” (a predecessor to the outreach efforts to the populist-right by ARV-ATS) in the early 90s became the basis of the Ron Paul movement, and how Paul was a “gateway drug” to more extreme forms of anti-state radicalism for many young people.
  • An article in “The American Conservative” endorsing the strategy of “libertarian-populism” (anti-government, pro-worker) long advocated by ARV-ATS.

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The Growth of Black Anarchism Reply

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The Growth of Black Anarchism

July 28, 2013

ATS senior editors Miles Joyner and Keith Preston discuss anarchist influences on radical tendencies in black communities.

Topics include:

  • The reaction of the black community to the Zimmerman verdict.
  • The obscuring of the Bradley Manning trial by the Zimmerman trial.
  • The legacy of the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army.
  • The influence of black anarchist thinkers like Ashanti Alston and Lorenzo Komboa Ervin.
  • Contemporary black anarchist tendencies like Black Autonomy Federation and Anarchist People of Color.
  • Black nationalism, anarcho-capitalism, and black libertarians.
  • Problems with black conservatism.

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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 News of the Week: Zimmerman Acquittal, Kokesh, and the Coerced Sterilization of Female Inmates Reply

News of the Week
Zimmerman Acquittal, Kokesh, and the Coerced Sterilization of Female Inmates

July 14, 2013

ATS Weekly News Update July 14, 2013

Topics include:

  • The acquittal of George Zimmerman and the reasons for the media’s showering of attention on what was essentially a routine murder trial. .
  • The political persecution of Adam Kokesh and the lessons his experience provides for anti-state radicals.
  • The California prison system’s alarming practice of coerced sterilization of female inmates.

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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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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.
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Keith on Bilderberg, Leslie Van Houten, the Surveillance State, and more 1

ATS News of the Week Commentary with Keith Preston.

Topics include:

-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.
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No State Steps Down Without a Fight Reply

Tom Woods answers with the obvious.

For some reason, the finger-waggers at Salon think they’ve got us stumped with this one: “If your approach is so great, why hasn’t any country in the world ever tried it?”

So this is the unanswerable question? What’s supposed to be so hard about it? Ninety percent of what libertarians write about answers it at least implicitly.

Let’s reword the question slightly, in order to draw out the answer. You’ll note that when stated correctly, the question contains an implicit non sequitur.

(1) “If your approach is so great, why doesn’t local law enforcement want to give up the money, supplies, and authority that come from the drug war?”

(2) “If your approach is so great, why don’t big financial firms prefer to stand or fall on their merits, and prefer bailouts instead?”

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