Athens can be an-cap and Sparta can be an-com. Not a problem at all.
In which Playwright, Journalist and Ringo-Nominated Comic Creator Brenton Lengel teams up with Emerican Johnson of NonCompete for an EPIC live debate against Dr. David D. Friedman (The son of economist Milton Friedman) and Philosopher Mike Huemer to discuss Left vs. Right Libertarianism.
An electoral contest between Nina Turner and Tucker Carlson would actually be something of an improvement over the norm. Not because it would make any difference in terms of state actions because Presidents are not the real bosses of the USA, only managers. But because it would elevate the rhetoric in a way that would include genuine anti-ruling class positions (kinda sorta). Not quite on my level, of course. But beggars can’t necessarily be choosers.
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit
Exile in Happy Valley
“The most interesting political questions throughout history have been whether or not humans will be ruled or free, whether they will be responsible for their actions as individuals or left irresponsible as members of society, and whether they can live in peace by volitional agreements alone.”
“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.”
Solidarity is a bitch when everyone who can afford a knife is slitting each other’s throat. That’s the nasty little limerick that keeps playing on repeat in my skull like a mantra as populist grassroots uprisings devolve into bitter proxy wars between roaming tribes of bitter proles, killing each other over which oligarch’s name they have scrawled across their battle flags. Everyone wants to pick sides. Everyone is trolling for convenient scapegoats. I just see poor people killing poor people while two sick rich candidates arrange their corpses into clever platforms to stand on and promote more war from. The splintering of the George Floyd Uprisings into partisan turf warfare doesn’t just rip up my already bleeding heart because I had so much hope for the revolutionary potential now being squandered. It kills me because I have people on both sides of these gorey shenanigans and they should both be on the same damn team. All poor people should be, regardless of race or even politics.
There would be certain tactical advantages to this. The Left always performs much, much better when a Republican is in office. The anti-establishment populist-right would continue to be rallied. The division between the Republican “base” and Republican establishment would continue to expand as would the divide between the “deep state” and Republican voters. Fragment, fragment, fragment…
Keith interviews Attack The System co-editor Vince about Portland Oregon’s 100 plus nights of protest. Vince lives in Portland and provides first hand accounts and context for the uprising
- 100 nights of protests in Portland
- Scope of the protests and effect on the city
- Targets of the protest
- Trump’s switch to a “Law & Order” re-election campaign
- Trump’s fixation on Portland and the presence of Federal Police
- Shooting of Portlanders with “less than lethal” munitions and use of Geneva Convention banned weapons
- Participation of the Lumpenproletariat in the uprising
- Effect of the pandemic on the uprising
- “Disappearing” protesters by the police
- Conflict between right-wing groups and anti-fascists
- Shooting of Aaron Danielson by self proclaimed anti-fascist Michael Reinoehl, who was killed by police
- Failure of Democrats and progressives to address police brutality in liberal cities More…
What I find most interesting about this piece is how it illustrates that the various factions of the “Left” and “Right,” broadly defined, not only have different philosophies and political preferences but different realities as well. Can people who have totally different ideas on what reality even is co-exist in the same society? I tend to think not.
By William S. Lind
The Left is wrong, but it is not stupid. If we are to defeat it, we must study and understand its tactics. Three are of special importance.
- From other totalitarian ideologies the American Left has adopted the tactic of telling a big lie fast, immediately after or during an event, and figuring the truth, which usually comes out more slowly, will never catch up. We’ve seen this both in Minneapolis and in Kenosha. In Minneapolis, the lie is that a cop killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck so he could not breathe. The Wall Street Journal subsequently reported the facts:
In an ideal situation, right-wing vigilantes would provide protection to residential neighborhoods, mom and pop shops, and the general public, while left-wing vigilantes burned down police stations and the lumpenproletariat looted Wal-Mart. But I’ve noticed that many situations tend to be less than ideal.
A heel vs heel match brewing. I have no problem with Portland being a far-left micronation.
I would have no problem with Rhode Island being a “progressive” micronation just as I would have no problem with CHAZ being a left-anarchist micronation or rural Pennsylvania being an Amish micronation.
This is a pretty good summary of where postmodern critical theorists stand in relation to the rest of the Left.
By Helen Pluckrose
I find it very odd when people keep telling me that “the left” is doing something bad with regard to wokeness and applied postmodernism when so many of the people opposing identity politics, cancel culture, collective blame, language policing, deplatforming, and censorship by the Critical Social Justice faction are, in fact, on the left. Not only is there a significant pushback against the excesses of Critical Social Justice on the left, this has been the case throughout the entire history leading up to the emergence of Critical Social Justice today. Let’s have a look at some of this.
Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston, Swithun Dobson, and Terminal Philosophy to discuss the 2020 US election. Will power be peacefully transferred or will the break down?
This commentary relates to the article that is adjacent to this one concerning “New Age Nazis.”
By Adam Ormes
For the most part, this is a hideously shallow analysis, written by someone who appears to identify with the bankrupt position of liberal centrism. But even so, the author perhaps unintentionally succeeds in bringing a few intriguing things to the fore.
Specifically, that the last time a significant proportion of the population began to get wise to the egregious behaviour of the owner class, and had begun to take steps towards correcting the suicidal course of their culture, this consciousness was divided and funneled into the quarreling twin errors of Bolshevism and Fascism. Thereby preventing that emergent consciousness from maturing into a wholeness.
Particularly during the 30s, after the Wall Street Crash and ensuing Great Depression, but also earlier, people on both sides of the political spectrum were beginning to formulate a clearer understanding of how badly rigged the economic game was, and momentum for meaningful change began to build. I speak of movements such as Distributism, Social Credit, Georgism, Social Threefolding, Guild Socialism, Syndicalism, Mutualism, etc. All of which precious few people have ever heard of… one must ask why.
Bad idea. Taking the electoral system seriously is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Are we reliving Weimar…or Bleeding Kansas?
By Matt Purple
The American Conservative
There’s a scene in Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin where the author goes to visit Bernhard Landauer, the owner of a prosperous department store in Germany. The year is 1933 and Bernhard shows Christopher a vicious message he’s received, threatening to kill him and all his fellow Jews. Bernhard shrugs this off but Christopher insists he go to the police: “The Nazis may write like schoolboys,” he says, “but they’re capable of anything. That’s why they’re so dangerous. People laugh at them, right up to the last moment…”
Here in America, it’s been easy to laugh at those who have threatened political violence over the past four years, and even at those who have carried it out. Their rogue’s gallery can look like something out of a campy video game: ninja-like black masks who run through the streets LARPing revolution? Mostly white college students screaming “black lives matter”? I still haven’t figured out exactly what a boogaloo boy is supposed to be. Even after the horror in Charlottesville, the white supremacists yodeling about “the Jew” on their way back from the latest Wolves of Vinland potluck come off as more sad than dangerous. It’s easy to laugh at these people, to dismiss them as dorks and thumbsuckers; it’s easy to laugh until it isn’t, until your cities are burning, until you look down and realize you’ve been dancing on a volcano.
From what I can tell, there is literally no one in any of the factions of US politics that has the slightest interest in anti-authoritarian values of any kind, except for isolated individuals. Obviously, this is true of the ruling class parties, but it is apparent enough that none of the “fringe” factions would create a less authoritarian society than the one we have now. Not Proud Boys, Boogaloos, Patriot Prayer, Antifa, SJWs, “anarcho”-Marxists, Alt-Right/Lite, commies, fascists, WNs, Nazis, BLM, etc. Most of these would create a worse society than the one we have now. The best we can hope for is either an ongoing balance of power between contending factions or the collapse of the United States into localized enclaves.
By Jason Wilson
Over the last three months in Portland, mass protests against police violence and racism gradually gave way to nightly often violent standoffs between a core of pro-Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist protesters and law enforcement.
But in the past week the city has fallen back into a pattern of more politically polarized street violence which has marked the city throughout the Trump era, with broadly leftwing and anti-fascist activists sometimes facing off against far-right groups.
Last weekend a rightwing “Say no to Marxism in America” rally saw serious, widespread violence. Much of it came from rally attendees – who included members of far-right groups like the Proud Boys – and was directed not only at leftist counter-protesters, but also reporters.
By Bradley Betters
In response to the recent riots and protests, America’s biggest companies have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to so-called racial justice organizations such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) and denounced political speech on the right as hate. The conservative establishment has greeted this rise in corporate “wokeness” with a mixture of surprise, fury, and a sense of betrayal.
In reality, it’s just the chickens coming home to roost for the establishment right. For years, National Review, the Heritage Foundation, and the rest of the mainstream right have been silent about the growth of corporate power and its influence on the U.S. political and social landscape. They have finally woken up to the fact that big business has never been their friend. There has been no “change in values” within the executive suites.
In fact, multinational corporations and the far left are natural bedfellows. Both factions are staunch supporters of globalism, including mass immigration, according to former NYU professor Michael Rectenwald. Pushing for open borders provides cheap labor and an expanded consumer base for corporations, while satisfying the left’s political demands for multiculturalism.
Rectenwald says big business treats some of the very fundamentals of nationhood—borders, citizenship, cohesion, and historical ties—as impediments to the free flow of capital and labor. He says these are considered “obstacles to global corporate dominance” generally. The corporations’ far-left allies, he says, simply see borders and distinctions between peoples as discriminatory.
Too much cop-loving on the right, too much managerial state-loving on the left.
By Christopher Mathias
Before Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly opened fire on anti-racist protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night — killing two and severely injuring another — a video showed police essentially deputizing the 17-year-old.
Rittenhouse had been walking the streets of Kenosha carrying an assault rifle alongside other armed white men, a local self-styled militia formed for the purported purpose of protecting property from protesters.
“We appreciate you guys, we really do,” a cop can be heard telling the group over a loudspeaker before tossing Rittenhouse a bottle of water.
It was a scene familiar in American history: agents of the state conscripting armed white vigilantes to help violently suppress movements for racial justice and liberation. (“Cops and the Klan go hand in hand,” the common protest chant goes.)
So it wasn’t surprising to see Rittenhouse, in another video published Tuesday, walk toward police after allegedly killing the two protesters — or for him not to be apprehended until the following day, when he was arrested at his home in Illinois.
An effort to bring the Scandinavian model of state-capitalism to America. The recently deceased Marxist YouTuber Michael Brooks argued that the global capitalist class seems to be experimenting with different political models, including conservative nationalism (Orban, Bolsonaro, Erdogan, Salvini, Putin, Xi, Duterte, Trump), technocratic neoliberalism (the dominant model in most of Europe, East Asia, and North America), and the social-democratic model (Northern Europe). The Trumpists represent the nationalist model in the US, the Democrats the technocratic neoliberal model, and here comes the social democratic model. All I see in this is more managerial statism.
By Dakota Hensley
Can an anarchist be socially conservative? Yes. I see no reason why someone who is anti-abortion or has fundamentalist views on sex or drugs can’t be an anarchist. Anarchism is about building a society in which no one forces their beliefs on others. As long as you respect the views and lives of others, your personal views don’t matter.
Historically, there are a few examples of conservative anarchists. One such thinker was Dorothy Day, a Christian anarchist and anarcho-distributist who died in 1980 (about nine days before John Lennon, actually). She wrote extensively in her organization’s penny-a-copy newspaper, The Catholic Worker. Going through the hundreds of articles she wrote, one will begin to see a few topics that she wrote about often. She wrote about cooperatives communes (especially farming communes), about the need to care for the poor, and about her support for private property and collectives. She also wrote about how she thought pre-marital sex was wrong and that abortion and birth control amount to genocide.
So this election is basically a contest between two factions of corrupt opportunists accusing each other of fascism? Kind of like the Stalin/Trotsky rivalry?
This makes the important point that Trump is surrounded by neocons and largely governs as one though less aggressively so than, for example, George W. Bush.