Category: History and Historiography

Biden Re-Ignites the Waco Fire

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 […]

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 […]

Who is Winning the Culture War?

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 […]

A Reflection on Left-wing Nationalism

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 Once Promising Young Man

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 […]

Remembering Benjamin Tucker

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 […]

Remembering Eartha Kitt

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 […]

The Myth of Monolithic Communism

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,  […]

Grand old warrior

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 […]

McCarthyism: Worse Than You Think

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 […]

Leftism Against Anarchy

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 […]