Colorado County Refuses to Enforce Lockdowns as Civil Disobedience Spreads Across America Reply

“Pan-secessionism” seems to be increasingly common in practice. Examples include 2nd Amendment counties, sanctuary cities, autonomous zones, federal drug law nullification, refusal of lockdown orders, etc. As well as other forms of more serious “direct action” like torching enemy military outposts and star chambers, or looting corporate feudal plantations.

I could conceive of some kind of public health emergency where dramatic quarantine measures or some other far-reaching response would be justifiable based on a pragmatic assessment of the circumstances. I approved of Obama’s banning flights from African countries where the Ebola outbreak occurred in 2014. Ditto Trump’s ban on flights from China. Shutting down or restricting transportation systems with lots of people packed together during a pandemic might be justifiable, or large gatherings like stadiums. But generally speaking, I think people should individually look out for their own health, and groups should practice freedom of association. For example, if a restaurant wants to require masks or take peoples’ temperatures before they enter, fine. If people don’t want to wear a mask or have their temperature taken, they can go elsewhere. And other folks can also refuse to patronize businesses that don’t implement health guidelines.

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Penguin Random House staffers broke down in tears over release of Jordan Peterson book Reply

Those who make the cliched claim that “all human life has value” obviously never met these folks. And I’m no fan of Jordan Peterson whatsoever.

Review: Setting Sights Reply

It’s rather amusing that Carson can’t even write a review of a left-wing pro-gun rights book without turning half the article into a culture war broadside. Although this sounds like a very good book.
By Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society
Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense. Edited by Scott Crow, with Foreword by Ward Churchill (Oakland: PM Press, 2018).

I often have difficulty expressing an opinion on the gun rights movement, because my views are so ambivalent.

Principled arguments for gun rights based on resistance to unjust authority resonate strongly with me. I’m very aware of the historic association of limitations on gun ownership with issues of social control of the working class, going back to the Game Laws in Britain, to racial policing in the American South under slavery and Jim Crow to the present, and the role of armed worker self-defense in a host of confrontations with cops, soldiers, and Pinkertons. I acknowledge the role that armed self-defense has played in situations ranging from the workers’ militias that thwarted Franco’s July 19 coup in half of Spain, to Robert William’s defense of the NAACP in Monroe, NC, to the Pink Pistols today.

Unfortunately, such cases are almost totally obscured in mainstream U.S. culture. The groups that scream the loudest about government tyranny are, objectively, the most privileged, and have the least reason to complain.  They are, overwhelmingly, white dudes who think they’re being “oppressed” because they have to see women in hijabs, people of the same sex holding hands, people speaking Spanish, etc., in public places, and aren’t allowed to kill them. Hence the politics of “Take America Back.”

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A Question for the Left-Libertarians Reply

A reader writes:

I wonder if Chomsky, Carson, and Gillis would approve of the Waco assault by federal government forces? The ATF was probably doing it for “women’s rights” or “to get the kids in public education.” After all, they are probably on the pipeline to becoming fashes anyway so get it done early with a preemptive strike.

I have to wonder about this myself. Chomsky probably influenced my thinking on international relations more than anyone else. Carson probably influenced my thinking on economics more than anyone else. And whatever I think of Gillis personally (i.e. that he’s a retarded goofball), Center for a Stateless Society is actually a great resource. But still, I have to wonder…

The FBI Agent Who Can't Stop Thinking About Waco – Texas Monthly

Survivors of 1993 Waco siege describe what happened in fire that ended the  51-day standoff - ABC News

A History of Fascism, 1914–1945 Reply

Given that virtually everything is labeled as “fascism” nowadays (echoing tendencies from the past), self-education on what fascism actually was might be helpful. Stanley Payne’s work on the history of fascism is some of the best there is. The Wikipedia entry on Payne summarizes some of his basic views.  The key feature of fascism that separates it from other forms of “right-wing authoritarianism” is that it is a revolutionary, anti-bourgeois, anti-capitalist outlook from the far-right. There is literally nothing resembling fascism that has any influence whatsoever in the Western world today. The one exception might be Greece’s Golden Dawn, which the Greek state considers to be the equivalent of the mafia.

The US Republicans are not fascists but mega-capitalists as is Donald Trump. The authoritarian danger in today’s world comes from global technocratic mega-capitalism from the “right” (which is not fascism) and totalitarian humanism from the “left” (which is not socialism or communism). The main danger from more traditional forms of authoritarianism comes from Islamism, which has been made possible by imperialism and regimes within the infrastructure of imperialism.

A History of Fascism, 1914–1945: Payne, Stanley G.: 9780299148744:  Amazon.com: Books

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From Racist, to Police. The Unrealized War on Free Speech Reply

By Anthony Bernabei, Vanguard Sentinel

I once had a conversation with a young woman who said: ” The Constitution and it’s rights only apply to Americans”. This disregardful claim not only damages the perceived integrity of natural rights, which all men are born with, but displays a misunderstanding about how freedom is viewed in the eyes of the modern-free man.

The Declaration of Independence states clearly that, ” …all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”, and so when people believe that “rights” are simply a permission granted to them by their government, they have no anger or distaste in their souls when their rights are trampled on as well. The most dangerous thing about this defeatist belief is that if you think your rights were given to you, you’ll also believe they are so ambiguous that they can be taken away. They cannot by definition. So I will continue this article with a comprehensive and basic understanding of where your rights “come from” or originate from in this matter.

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More Americans now see their government as illegitimate. Why? Reply

Joseph Cotto and I discuss the fragmentation of the United States.

Increasingly, the USA is going to be fragmented into an ever-growing number of neo-tribes that lack a common cultural framework with many of these regarding many of the others as inherently illegitimate. An electoral win by “the other side” will likewise be considered illegitimate by definition.

Amy Chua on neotribalism

Why California Rejected Racial Preferences, Again Reply

California is a deep blue state, which is under the de facto one-party rule of the Democrats. It is a majority-minority state and one of the most culturally liberal states in the US. And yet Proposition 16 was defeated in the year of “Black Lives Matter” becoming an ascendent movement and Fascist Orange Man being voted out of office. What this seems to indicate is that “political correctness,” which is largely a project of white liberals and leftists and sectors among some minority elites, will actually not fair very well as US society continues to diversify because the historical narratives and cultural framework from which “PC culture” is drawn will become less relevant or familiar.

By Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

For at least 50 years, Californians have been fighting about whether their state government should be race neutral, treating all individuals equally under the law regardless of the color of their skin, or race conscious, granting preferential treatment to certain groups while discriminating against others to remedy past discrimination or increase diversity.

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Biden ‘panders’ to a radical ideology which poses a ‘severe threat’ to civilisation Reply

James Lindsay is one of the best critics of totalitarian humanism there is, but I don’t agree with the political angle he’s taking in this interview. While Lindsay is a liberal, he’s taking the standard “conservative” position that Biden is simply a frontman that is serving as a useful idiot for the faux “radical left.” I would argue something much different. Biden is a frontman for the plutocratic oligarchy and the American empire, not the faux “radical left.” Instead, it is the faux “radical left” that are functioning as useful idiots for the plutocratic oligarchy and American empire, which aims to co-opt elements of their wider ideological framework and incorporate these into the self-legitimating ideology of the ruling class. The solution is not to become a Republican in order to keep the faux “radical left” at bay but to develop an actual radicalism that recognizes the faux “radical left” as the social conservatives and secular theocrats they are actually are.

Academic James Lindsay says the ideology beneath the Democrats’ “radical base” is what will dictate policy in a Biden administration whether Joe Biden believes it or not.

Supreme Court Blocks Covid-19 Restrictions on Religious Services in New York Reply

The First Amendment survives by one vote. What part of “shall make no law” do the other four not understand? Having a Republican-dominated SCOTUS is probably a good idea as the wider culture (and therefore the elected branches of government) move further toward the cultural faux “left” with its therapeutism, scientism, and fetishization of the Prussian-derived public administration state.

By Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court blocked New York from imposing strict limits on attendance at religious services to combat Covid-19, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett casting the pivotal vote to depart from past cases that deferred to state authorities on public-health measures.

In orders issued shortly before midnight Wednesday, the court, in a 5-4 vote, set aside attendance limits that Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed on houses of worship in areas most severely affected by the coronavirus: 10 people in red zones and 25 in orange zones. Chief Justice John Roberts and three liberal justices dissented.

New York classifies places where coronavirus infections are of increasing severity as yellow, orange or red.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish organization, alleged that the limits violated their First Amendment rights of religious exercise.

Mr. Cuomo said Thursday that the Supreme Court ruling had no effect on the state’s virus control efforts, and pertained only to a specific Brooklyn “red zone” that was no longer under such restrictions.

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A Reflection on Culture War Politics Reply

A reader writes:

You should be a culture warrior because that’s the real front of conflict at the moment. Peterson I feel has run out of steam of late sure (tbf he has health issues so I empathize) but at the same time, capturing the system back from the cultural Marxists has to be a priority. If they were given carte blanche to take everything over it’d look far worse than anything Huxley ever imagined.

Often, right-wingers who are fans of my criticisms of the Left are disappointed when they find out I am not a (pick one) royalist, conservative, bourgeois republican, nationalist, racist, imperialist, traditionalist, social conservative, Republican, Trumpist, Christianist, fascist, Nazi, or Islamist, depending on their individual leanings. Similarly, left-wingers who are fans of my criticisms of the state, imperialism, capitalism, police, or the Right are often disappointed when they find out I am not a (pick one) liberal, social democrat, progressive, Marxist, Democrat, Trumpophobe, Antifa, social justice warrior, privilege theorist, critical race theorist, intersectional feminist, anarcho-leftoid, or particularly concerned about microaggressions, cultural appropriation, or “indirect oppression.”

The position I take on cultural questions is Stirnerite rather than liberal-progressive-left or conservative-traditionalist-right, which basically means that I have a favorable view of both sanctuary cities and 2nd Amendment sanctuaries, anti-police protestors and anti-lockdown protestors, rioters torching police stations and police refusing to enforce public health orders. The usual response I get from leftists and rights alike that these different actions are not “morally equivalent” (as if “morality” is what I am somehow motivated by) or “equally legitimate,” to which I respond that Athens and Sparta probably didn’t see each other as “morally equivalent” or “equally legitimate” either, but that’s kind of beside the point.

No, Trump Didn’t Win ‘The Largest Share Of Non-White Voters Of Any Republican In 60 Years’ Reply

The only hope for the Republicans to continue to be a competitive national party will be to increase their ability to attract minority voters. It doesn’t look for them even if Trump managed to improve his performance among minorities in 2020 over 2016. My guess is that the future of “conservatism” in the US will look a lot like Dave Rubinism or #WalkAway, i.e. a rainbow coalition of anti-leftists who are grudgingly supported by the “far-right” (nativists, WNs, libertarians, 2nd amendmentists, religious traditionalists, pro-lifers) because “at least they’re not communists” or “at least they won’t take your guns away.”

By Avik Roy, Forbes

At his post-election press conference, President Trump said of his presidential campaign, “I won the largest share of non-white voters of any Republican in 60 years.” While Trump did improve on his performance with minorities in 2020 vs. 2016, according to exit polls, the previous Republican president—George W. Bush—did significantly better in 2004.

Prior to 1936, a majority of Black voters supported Republicans, due to the Republican Party’s historic role in ending slavery. However, the Great Depression and the New Deal led the majority of African-Americans to switch allegiances to the Democrats starting in 1936. Nonetheless, from 1936 to 1960, Republicans garnered a meaningful share of the Black vote, averaging 30% over that period.

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My Real Beef with Jordan Peterson Reply

This article is a reminder of why I am not a “culture warrior.” I generally find Jordan Peterson to be a boring, substanceless “thinker” with a shallow center-right outlook whose “conservatism” amounts to a tenth-rate version of what Burke or Nietzsche said centuries ago. Nor do I care for the SJWish (everything is “hurtful” slave morality) paradigm in which this critique of Peterson is framed. I find certain aspects of European-style conservatism or the far-right to be interesting, but not the kind of milquetoast bourgeois conservatism of the Anglosphere. Just like I find actual Marxists to be interesting at times, but not social democrats and SJWs.

By MK, Substack

Why Can’t I Look Away from this Trainwreck

I rip on Canadian psychologist & professional Messy Bitch* Jordan Peterson a lot. I dedicated an entire podcast series on Queer Eye episodes one could watch instead of reading his anxiety inducing book. It’s a joke, but it’s kind of not because I have serious issues with his entire schtick.

First off, I want to clarify what I don’t have a problem with because his fans, some of whom are friends of mine, seem to not understand where I am coming from when I critique him. I don’t like to kick people when they’re down & believe addiction is a very serious matter. I have lived with (and loved) addicts my entire life & have a great deal of sympathy for them. I believe a large portion of people struggle with going a little too hard on the substances sometimes & am avidly pro-drug & pro-drug decriminalization.

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New York City Police, Sheriff Won’t Enforce Thanksgiving Covid-19 Limits Reply

It’s interesting that the king’s knights are telling Prince Andrew the Other to fuck off. Even the pigs can practice pan-secessionism.

By Rich Calder, Wall Street Journal

New York City law-enforcement officers won’t be knocking on doors on Thanksgiving Day to see whether New Yorkers are following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order limiting household gatherings to 10 people.

Both the New York Police Department and the New York City Sheriff’s Office say they don’t plan to enforce the order, which aims to stop the spread of Covid-19 as hospitalizations continue to rise across the state.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and Sheriff Joseph Fucito are instead focusing attention on other priorities aimed at combating the virus and calling on residents to not pack their homes during the holiday season.

“We have to be smart,” Mr. Shea said in a NY1 interview last week. “We’re encouraging everyone to use common sense here and to get New York City through this.”

Mr. Shea also said police officers wouldn’t be breaking up Thanksgiving celebrations in private homes—even if they get complaints. An NYPD spokeswoman referred to the commissioner’s comments and declined to provide further comment.

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NEW POLL: 60% SUPPORT CANCELLING Student LOAN DEBT Reply

Class-based politics is going to make a big comeback in the future given the trends that class relations and economic life generally are following. This doesn’t mean class politics will supersede political, cultural, or ethnic conflict. It will just be another ingredient in the mix. Regrettably, the rising class conflict will also lead to rising calls for expanding the state. Unfortunately, most people, including most self-identified anarchists and libertarians, have no clue concerning the role of the state in centralizing control over wealth and resources.

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How the 2020 Election Deepened America’s White-Collar/Blue-Collar Split Reply

The split between the managerial class and the “post-bourgeois proletariat” identified by Sam Francis 25 years ago.

By Aaron Zitner, Wall Street Journal

The job and wage growth that President Trump hoped would propel him to a second term was particularly strong in metropolitan America. Yet the Americans who live where the economy is thriving most—in the nation’s cities and their surrounding communities—voted to reject the president.

Mr. Trump won Texas but lost the county that includes Fort Worth—a first for his party since 1964. He carried Florida, but voters in and around the state’s largest city, Jacksonville, voted Democratic for the first time since 1976. Phoenix’s county voted Democratic for the first time since 1948.

In all, Mr. Trump lost 91 of the nation’s 100 largest counties by population in the 2020 election, four more than in 2016.

That shift is one of several that show the nation’s economic divisions continuing to mirror its political divisions, with both growing wider. Metropolitan America, with its higher education levels and concentration of white-collar jobs, is increasingly voting Democratic, while Republicans strengthen their hold on slower-growing and less-urban parts of the country.

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Why We Should Argue All the Time Reply

I don’t really see an end in sight to “polarization” or “incivility.” If anything, all of these things are going to continue to expand as class divisions widen, and as society becomes more diverse and fractious.

The Atlantic

Washington, D.C. isn’t exactly known for its civility. But today, in a large hotel meeting room in the nation’s capital packed with mayors, policymakers, and other influential urbanites, Eric Liu has a plan to bring the country together.

“There’s not going to be a different president that changes the culture for us. There’s not going to be a different speaker of the House from whom all this is going to trickle down. That change, that rejuvenation of the body politic, is going to happen from localities outward and upward,” he tells the crowd.

Liu, the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program and a former Clinton administration official, has been making this case since 2016. Just days before the presidential election, he published a piece in The Atlantic with an unconventional claim: Americans don’t need to argue less; they need to argue better. “This is reconciliation for grown-ups,” he wrote. “It doesn’t pretend that all will be peaceful—or that it should be. It acknowledges the never-endingness of our fights. But it acknowledges too that to be a citizen means fighting to make our fights more useful.”

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California Secedes From Black America 2

I don’t agree with this author’s crude stereotyping of blacks or his opposition to criminal justice reform, but he makes an interesting point. The “liberal-left” scored major victories involving referendums in the election, with everything from minimum wage increases to drug legalization to criminal justice reform passing in many states, even deep-red states. However, a  pro-affirmative action initiative failed in California. The pro-affirmative action vote came from blacks and liberal whites in the LA and Bay Area districts, while the anti vote represented a cross-section of whites, Latinos, and Asians. Years ago, a black libertarian named Elizabeth Wright predicted that as the non-white/non-black ethnic groups grew larger in size they would have zero interest in black issues because they would lack whites’ sense of racial guilt. I am skeptical of whether affirmative action actually helps genuinely disadvantaged blacks, as opposed to being a benefit given to the black middle class. In fact, Thomas Sowell and others have made compelling arguments that affirmative action is actually harmful to black self-advancement.  But it is interesting that affirmative action was voted down in a deep blue state with a majority-minority demographic.

By David Cole, Taki’s Mag

I have several close friends who moved from California to Arizona to live in “redder” territory. This has not been a good month for them. AZ’s turning bluer than the balls on an Elder Scrolls neckbeard. And even if you want to scream “voter fraud” regarding the Biden win, the fact is that Arizonans haven’t had two Democrat senators since the days when The Democrats Were the Real Racists™, and now that they do, the entire country has to pretend for the next six weeks that Georgia matters.

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How to Be a Better—and Less Fragile—Antiracist Reply

This a pretty good critique of “anti-racism” theorists like Robin D’Angelo and Ibram X. Kendi from what could be called a non-racist, conservative-libertarian, classical liberal perspective.

By Peter Minowitz, Independent Institute

When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something, and not be quiet.
—Congressman John Lewis

Professors typically lament the damage President Trump has caused by exaggerating, stereotyping, and demonizing. The ones who drift into activism, however, are not immune to these discursive disorders. I shall explore this problem by scrutinizing two bestsellers: How To Be an Antiracist (One World, 2019) by Ibram X. Kendi and White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism (Beacon Press, 2018) by Robin DiAngelo. The authors are already national icons, they extol each other’s work, and their books are being assigned widely within America’s campuses and businesses.

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Mob Rule in Seattle Reply

I’ve generally found that some of the coolest reporting on extremists comes from their opponents. “Anarchist mobs rioting in Seattle!” You say that like it’s a bad thing. “Gun toting yokels march on Virginia’s capital!” And the problem is?

Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists in Seattle have long sought to transform the city into a progressive utopia. But after the death of George Floyd, they accelerated their plans—and sought to implement them by force. This short documentary explores the left-wing violence plaguing the city, the rise and fall of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, and the continuing unrest dominating Seattle’s streets. This film tells the story of the recent BLM riots—and the anarchy to come,