Category: History and Historiography

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 […]

Darkness at Noon

A book that a lot of today’s “progressives” need to read. Originally published in 1941, Arthur Koestler’s modern masterpiece, Darkness At Noon, is a powerful and haunting portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious fray of the Moscow show trials of the late 1930s. Available here. […]

Kick the Puppy S2: E5

Keith & RJ Study claims vaccines saved 37 million lives mostly children over the past two decades, anti-vaxxers are growing, backlash to over-medicalization, the complexity of the immune system, a long history of human poisonings, paranoia and the American tradition, criticisms of scientism, SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes during […]

Edmund Burke Warned Us About the Woke

By Casey Chalk, The American Conservative Burke warned us this might happen. No, not Tom Brady…although the 18th-century Anglo-Irish statesman’s penchant for the ancient and tried would have likely led him to predict that the “GOAT” was capable of another Super Bowl run. Rather, I’m talking about the […]

The Bernie Sanders Paradox

Murray Bookchin’s critique of Bernie from 1986. By Murray Bookchin, Anarchist Library The posters that appeared all over Burlington — Vermont’s largest city (pop: 37,000) in the winter of 1980–81 were arresting and provocative. They showed an old map of the city with a label slapped across it […]

Kurt Andersen: The True Billionaire Conspiracy To Screw The Working Class

It’s unfortunate that “libertarianism” is often conflated with plutocracy by both the Left and Right with Bismarckian “Prussian Socialism” (what Americans call “progressivism”) as the supposed solution.  Reaganites and their descendants are about as “libertarian” as King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Corporate plutocracy results from a plethora of […]

Do You Remember Cuba’s Dedication to Angola?

by Don Fitz Cuban blood left its stamp on the conscience of the world after the Angolan Wars of 1975-1988.  Corporate politicians are united in their desire for us to ignore this reality. *                                              *                                              * Fed up with foreign wars, Portuguese officers overthrew Prime Minister Marcello Caetano […]

The Road to Revolution

Stanley Payne is an expert on the Spanish Civil War and on 20th-century fascism. He describes the events leading to the Spanish Civil War. By Stanley G. Payne, First Things The classic theory of revolution was formulated by Alexis de Tocqueville, who observed in The Ancien Régime and […]