By James Bovard, The American Conservative Last week, President Joe Biden nominated David Chipman to be head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the premier federal firearms enforcement agency. Biden complemented that announcement with a call for a national red flag law to entitle police […]
By Frank Green, Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia’s ultimate sanction was carried out for more than a century on an oak chair from Trenton, N.J. used to execute 267 people who were deemed too vile or dangerous to live among us. Their limbs and torsos bound by straps and heads […]
A review of a collection of articles on anarchism and syndicalism in the colonial and postcolonial world, 1870-1940
A review of: Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World (1870-1940): The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social LiberationEdited by Steven Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt; with a Foreword by Benedict Anderson Abstract: The volume under review is a very informative and, an immenselythought-provoking […]
Homer, The Minotaur, 300 spartans, Greek theatre, Parthenon, democracy — everything that you once knew, but forgot.
Caesar, The Colosseum, Republic, Nero, geese, plebeians, legions – everything that you once knew, but forgot.
I agree that the USSR was not state-capitalist. What we have in the USA is state capitalism. I consider Soviet-type economies to be party/military/state/bureaucratic dictatorships but not “capitalist.” If anything, I would compare them to ancient tyrannies like Egypt and Babylon.
By Stephen Johnson, Big Think Scientists printed a 3D replica of the vocal tract of Nesyamun, an Egyptian priest whose mummified corpse has been on display in the UK for two centuries. With the help of an electronic device, the reproduced voice is able to “speak” a vowel […]
This is an interesting discussion of the culture wars from a serious left/Marxist perspective. My viewpoint is that the cultural left has been the hands-down winner on most cultural issues (outside of certain narrow geographical, subcultural, institutional, or socioeconomic sectors). But the economic right has been the hands-down […]
By Will Lester, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — G. Gordon Liddy, a mastermind of the Watergate burglary and a radio talk show host after emerging from prison, died Tuesday at age 90 at his daughter’s home in Virginia. His son, Thomas Liddy, confirmed the death but did not […]
Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters: A History of Anarchism in Aotearoa/New Zealand from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s
By Toby Boraman The 1960s have been dismissed as a joke, a time when naive young people believed they could change society by wearing beads and placing owers in their hair. This is a myth. The 1960s and – to perhaps a greater extent – the 1970s were […]
By Robert Lindsay There have been many leftwing nationalists – the Pathet Lao, Stalin, Samora Machel in Mozambique, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, Aristide in Haiti, Correo in Ecuador, the Fernandez’ in Argentina, and of course the Chavistas in Venezuela. The IRA was left nationalist. So was the ETA […]
A Newsletter from Sean Gabb View this email in your browser (https://mailchi.mp/cca13977a77e/boris-johnson-5121314?e=52821aac48) Sean Gabb Newsletter, 28th March 2021 (See Below for Republication Rights) Dear All, My teaching is over for a few weeks. Here is the whole series of my lectures on the Decay of the Roman Republic […]
Did he fulfill his destiny? I would say so. He lured the US empire into a series of failed wars which embarrassed and humiliated the US ruling class on the global stage, undermined the empire’s legitimacy, and contributed to internal fracturing as well. His goal was to repeat […]
Intense polarization has become a “national psychosis.” But, since few understand how things got this way, most “solutions” offered just lead to more of the same. Learn the nature of the problem from George Washington, Mercy Otis Warren, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Understanding that, there is still […]
During the past 50 years, the cultural revolution of the 1960s was co-opted first by the Democratic Party, then by the liberal wing of the corporate class, and then by the state security services altogether. You’ve got to check out this article if you want to know how […]
By Bear Freeman Benjamin Tucker was against “capitalism” in the sense of a State-supported monopoly of productive tools and equipment which allows owners to avoid paying workers the full value of their labor. This stance puts him squarely in the libertarian socialist tradition. Indeed, Tucker referred to himself […]
By Robert Tombs, Unherd One hundred and fifty years ago, revolutionaries were far more interested in democracy than feminism and Marx. When I was a student in Paris, I would spend every 18 March walking the streets of Montmartre, where the Paris Commune was born. I would visit […]
By James Bovard, Future of Freedom Foundation The easiest way to achieve sainthood in Washington is to cover up a federal atrocity. Thus, it is no surprise that former senator John Danforth continues to be treated by the Washington Post as a visionary statesman. The Post showcased Danforth’s […]
I wrote this 32 years ago, and it was published in The Fifth Estate, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, and (if I remember correctly) Ideas and Action, along with some other anarchist publications from the era. There was no Internet or websites back them. This was published […]
I tend to have a more negative view of Alexander the Great than Peter but whatever. By Peter R. Quinones Whenever there is a perceived political movement happening, those that are in opposition quickly stop politics from being the focus of the movement. Almost immediately detractors will say […]
By Chung Wong A day after her birthday, Santa Baby singer Eartha Kitt aka Catwoman would lose her career after being invited to the White House today in 1968, for her charity work with youth-at-risk. Lady Bird Johnson invited 50 mostly wealthy women to discuss the rise of […]
This is a classic Murray Rothbard article from 1979 that debunked Cold War mythology regarding the “international communist conspiracy” and so forth. Learning many of these same things in the 1980s (not from Rothbard but from other sources), and learning more about US conduct in the Cold War, […]
I often think of myself as the equivalent of an atheist living in early modern Europe, with the neoliberal Center assuming the role of the Catholic Church in the sense of holding near-total intellectual and institutional hegemony; the Left assuming the role of Protestantism as a rising revolutionary […]
On one side, Rudy Rochman, a young and inspiring activist who uses his growing platform to generate innovative ways to combat anti-Semitism. Rudy is dedicated to fighting antisemitism around the world and strengthening Jews’ connection to the land of Israel. On the other side, Noam Chomsky, a world-renowned […]
It’s not surprising that three of the shittiest presidents in US history-Wilson, FDR, and LBJ- were also the ones behind Daylight Savings Time. By Andrew Glass, Politico On this day in 1918, 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Standard Time Act. The legislation established […]
In the early 1930s a consortium of America’s wealthiest men conspires to overthrow President Roosevelt and institute a fascist state. This is the story of how they almost succeeded. Listen here.
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism — an event largely forgotten from U.S. history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light […]
By Matt Taibbi I collect Soviet newspapers. Years ago, I used to travel to Moscow’s Izmailovsky flea market every few weeks, hooking up with a dealer who crisscrossed the country digging up front pages from the Cold War era. I have Izvestia’s celebration of Gagarin’s flight, a Pravda […]
A look at the ideas of the pioneer of modern propaganda techniques.
A fairly interesting lecture on the history of the Shining Path insurgency.
In 1992, I was a producer for the PBS show: “The 90’s” This was an Emmy Award winning production know as a kind of funky 60 minutes. During the Presidential race for that year, Tom Laughlin had thrown his hat into the race. I had been assigned the […]
An interesting article on Ernst Junger. By Nigel Jones, The Critic In 1983 I was writing my first book The War Walk, a travelogue about World War One, when I read an article by Bruce Chatwin in the New York Review of Books detailing his encounter with the […]
By C.J. Ciaramella, Reason Mark Schlefer, who died in November at age 98 in Vermont, lived a full life that included 36 combat missions on a bomber crew in World War II and starting a fund to provide tuition assistance for minority children at D.C.-area private schools. But […]
I’d argue that McCarthyism was bad, and likely worse than the present “woke” moral panic (so far, at least) but not nearly as bad as either repression in Stalinist countries or other waves of repression in US history (racial persecution in the 19th and early 20th century or […]
This is the story of two Italian immigrants that were convicted of murder in 1920, but they were condemned before their trial even started. Were they truly guilty, or were they the victims of a discriminatory judicial system?
By Peter R. Quinones “We determined, that at the compound, machine guns were being manufactured and explosive devices. Our goal through this investigation, was to execute a search warrant on that house to obtain those illegal weapons.” (Waco, ROE, 32:07) “In addition, it (ATF) had reason to believe that Koresh and his followers […]
By Peter R. Quinones Even people who can’t tell you what government agencies were involved in the Waco massacre will say, “The Branch Davidians were a suicide cult and set themselves on fire!” At a later date, possibly, we’ll look at the fire, and who started it, but […]
By Peter R. Quinones My two part interview with David Thibodeau Episode 227: Waco Massacre Survivor David Thibodeau Tells His Story, Part 1 Episode 228: Waco Massacre Survivor David Thibodeau Tells His Story, Part 2 READ MORE
By Peter R. Quinones On February 28, 1993, ATF’s “Operation Showtime” was launched at the Branch Davidian’s house/church dubbed; Mount Carmel, outside of Waco, Texas. The reasons for their invasion vary according to whomever is telling the story. Allow me to provide one that you won’t hear in […]
By Philip Chrysopoulos, Greek Reporter’ The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic (also known as Diogenes of Sinope) could have been the first anarchist, or the first absurdist, or the first satirist, or the first naturalist — depending on the reader’s point of view. By today’s standards, Diogenes […]
This is some important history. It’s interesting to see guys like Maupin and Dore becoming controversial for the same reasons I was controversial 10-20 years ago.
While I obviously don’t agree with Caleb’s Stalinism, most of his analysis in this is entirely correct.
We invite you to “Kronstadt as Revolutionary Utopia: 1921-2021 and Beyond,” a transnational convergence to remember history’s repressed revolutionary hopes and explore the “living past” struggle of capitalist authoritarianism vs. humanist internationalism. Find out more here.
It initial assault on the Branch Davidians at Waco occurred 28 years ago today. By MURIEL PEARSON, SPENCER WILKING and LAUREN EFFRON, ABC News When the sun rose on April 19, 1993, it marked the 51st day of a standoff between dozens of federal agents and members of […]
By No-Wing Anarchy, Medium The Bolshevik “betrayal” of anarchists during the Russian Revolution is a commonly known, and almost overly debated instance where anarchism has come into open and bloody conflict with leftism. There is no end to the accusations of murder at Kronstadt, or in Ukraine, and […]
@Peter Zeihan analyses the recent developments of Covid and geopolitics. @Zeihan on Geopolitics also explores a global geopolitical view of the post-covid world.
By B. Venkat Mani, TELOS On November 26, 2020, when international borders were still partially closed due to the global coronavirus pandemic, a new democratic and peaceful movement was taking shape in India, led by farmers. They wanted to register their protest against three contentious agricultural reform laws […]
By Caitlin Johnstone The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arkansas’ anti-BDS law violates the First Amendment of the US Constitution, because it plainly does. “The Arkansas Times has successfully challenged a law that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel,” Mondoweiss reports. […]
Not exactly surprising.
The best US Presidents were arguably the ones nobody has ever heard of like Martin van Buren. By Michael Lind, Tablet Martin Van Buren created the machinery of mass political parties in America, opening the way for ordinary people to be heard—until so-called ‘reformers’ weakened the parties, inadvertently […]