By Peter R. Quinones “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member” – Groucho Marx When I think about that Groucho quote I wonder if he was a libertarian. Many in the Libertarian Party (LP) can’t comprehend what Dave Smith is doing in […]
Black Agenda Report “The principles of anarchism appear to be growing in some corners of the Black community,” due largely to the work and thought of former Black Panther Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin. In our opening post, the Black Agenda Review described its objective to provide a longer historical and more explicitly […]
By Ally Marie McLean The problems a nation that would otherwise be independent suffers under the globalist system which is currently consolidating its power, a state which would otherwise be independent suffers under the yoke of the Union. That is to say, the Union is on the national […]
Carla Gericke of the Free State Project updates us on what’s happening in New Hampshire and gives us ideas for how liberty-lovers can support each other and keep each other sane during these difficult, even insane, times. Listen here.
I recently wrote about how January has been the 20 year anniversary of the founding of Attack the System. It is interesting to reflect on what has happened in the subsequent two decades. In 2001, the US empire was arguably at its apex, firmly in control of a […]
These might be some potential locations for intentional communities. By Kal Flyn, The Guardian For many years it seemed that overpopulation was the looming crisis of our age. Back in 1968, the Stanford biologists Paul and Anne Ehrlich infamously predicted that millions would soon starve to death in […]
Nothing I write about is new. Virtually all of it I lifted from historical sources.
Evidence shows that the globalization frenzy of the post-Cold War period is in the process of receding. US hegemony is declining due to 20 years of military defeats in imperial adventures. The percentage of US GDP devoted to military production has declined, along with the volume of US […]
By Peter R. Quinones, Substack In episode #511 of my podcast, Jeff Deist states that with the control of the levers of power firmly in the hands of Left AND Right Progressives, “separation” is the only solution. I interpret his use of the term separation as radical decentralization […]
Historically, anarchist movements have used a range of tactics as a means of attacking states and ruling classes. Examples include terrorism (the “propaganda by the deed period”), labor unions and general strikes (the anarcho-syndicalism era), mutual aid societies, communes, mass protests and civil disobedience (the 1960s model that […]
Kulinski’s milquetoast Berniebro social democracy is not my thing at all. But this is a great overview of why “right-wing” libertarianism fails. It ultimately ends of getting co-opted by the standard coalition of corporatists and reactionaries, who are in turn being puppetmastered by the imperialists, with the actual […]
From 2015. By Daniel Nolan, The Guardian Accessible only by car via miles of winding, dusty Croatian roads, Gornja Siga – current population zero – is an unlikely testing ground for a plan to shape the world’s political future. It is a secluded area where verdant forest meets […]
“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 […]
By Lucien van der Walt This article responds to criticisms of the broad anarchist tradition in International Socialism, an International Socialist Tendency (IST) journal. I will discuss topics such as the use of sources, defending revolutions and freedom, the Spanish anarchists, anarchism and democracy, the historical role of […]
Infoshop was the longest-running left-anarchist site on the web. It had been around almost as long as the Internet has been available for public use. However, its archives remain available. The following article by the recently deceased left-anarchist David Graeber on “The Twilight of Vanguardism” is interesting. “The […]
Based on everything that has happened in 2020, I’d say the ATS position has largely been vindicated. On an international level, unipolarity seems to be moving toward retreat. Domestically, the lumpenproletariat has clearly demonstrated itself to be the vanguard class of the anarchist revolution. Pan-secessionism seems to be […]
Center for Immigration Studies The sanctuary jurisdictions are listed below. These cities, counties, and states have laws, ordinances, regulations, resolutions, policies, or other practices that obstruct immigration enforcement and shield criminals from ICE — either by refusing to or prohibiting agencies from complying with ICE detainers, imposing unreasonable […]
The Wikipedia entry on nonviolent revolution. This is how it’s done. I wouldn’t necessarily endorse every revolution described in this, and I’m not opposed to violence as a matter of principle, but successful revolutions are those which are simply about withdrawing consent from the existing ruling class and […]
This is an interesting document. I would agree with many of the statements made in this, and much of the overall analysis that is provided. The ostensible goals may even be admirable in many ways. But this “program” would ultimately end up the same way as all “world transformative” […]
I would point out that Jeff Deist, a supposed vocal proponent of secession, was actually opposed to CHAZ/CHOP, which probably indicates that many libertarians would oppose any form of secession that does not conform to bourgeois economic or behavioral norms, just as many left-wing anarchists oppose any kind […]
By Bill Kauffman, Reason Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union, by Richard Kreitner, Little, Brown and Co., 496 pages, $30 The late Thomas Naylor, gentle godfather of the modern Vermont independence movement, used to sign off with “God bless the Disunited […]
My take on the present situation is both presidential tickets are (roughly) equally dangerous. Trump is a narcissist and a megalomaniac but so are most politicians. What is most dangerous about him is his complete fealty to the KSA, UAE, and the state with whom the US has […]
Most revolutions result in dictatorships that are more authoritarian and repressive than whatever they replaced. The partial exception is those revolutions that are merely about the dispersal of power. Revolutions that are about the far-reaching transformation of societies almost always produce horrific results. The models of a revolution […]
A reader offers the following observations concerning “alternative” politics in the US at present. I’ve been thinking recently about the state of what passes for radical politics in America, particularly in the context of third parties and the potential for pan-secessionism. The handful of relevant third parties in […]
The Left always performs much better when a Republican administration is in power. By Jessica Suriano The Nation The United States has never been an equal, peaceful, or functional nation, despite what the history textbooks say. It was built from genocide, slavery, and stolen land. This year, the […]
If I had to identify any way in which my views have shifted over the years, it would probably be that I have largely moved away from the idea of a far-left/far-right “third position” type of tactical framework toward more of a revolutionary centrist one. The far-right and […]
The main problem I see with Bret’s idea, aside from the technical issues and sectarian conflict, is that the elected officials are merely managers and the electoral system is merely a front for the oligarchy. Unity 2020 is not entirely dissimilar to the “pan-secessionist meta-party” idea I’ve written […]
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.” -Karl Hess “We’ve got to […]
This is a comment from an Antifa-oriented social media page: “I have a comrade who was monitoring the Boogaloo pages before they got taken down and said they were very pro-gay, pro-black, etc, just very accelerationist and anti cop. I cant wrap my head around it. They had […]
This post from Anarchist News (and the discussion thread that follows) from a few months back is worth checking out. It is illustrative of something that I have been thinking would eventually happen in the “left” anarchist milieu. While many left-anarchists are clearly oriented toward the Maoist-influenced Antifa, […]
I agree with some of this and disagree with other parts but this is an interesting video. The best way to change things is by focusing on improving yourself and your community.
Ten years ago, I identified what I considered to be the “ten core demographics” that proponents of the ideas we discuss here at ATS will have to reach in order to eventually find the Holy Grail. The original piece is available here. It is interesting to evaluate the […]
Sovereign Counties is a new project that has given its endorsement to Attack the System. The Foundation for Intentional Community is an interesting group as well, and seems to be a domestic parallel to the Startup Societies Foundation. Also, see my essay “The Case for the City-State System.” […]
By Per Bylund LewRockwell. Com As libertarians, we like to discuss two things: what could be and what is wrong with society today. Some of us are intrigued by the promises of a free society, no matter if we advocate the total abolishment of the State or wish […]
In which A & B expand on the ideas of pan-secessionism, and also consider the spiritual and ecological motivations for non-societal approaches to living.
Having established a general overview of humanity arrived at its current juncture, A & B now start to lay out ‘what can be done’, in very broad strokes. Bellamy starts to lay out what pan-secessionism would look like.
By Rory Taylor Vox The US has signed hundreds of treaties with Indigenous peoples. Here’s what would happen if the government actually honored them. “‘We the people’ has never meant ‘all the people.’” These were words of independent presidential candidate and Navajo Nation member Mark Charles as he […]
By F.H. Buckley Spectator The United States is ripe for secession. Across the world, established states have divided in two or are staring down secession movements. Great Britain became a wee bit less great with Irish independence, and now the Scots seem to be rethinking the Act of […]
If the USA were to balkanize, what independent countries do you think would emerge, what would they look like, and which would be most successful?
Reddit There are large economic, political, and cultural divides in the US (at least more so than other countries). Some states actually have economies that are competitive at a global scale (i.e. California, Texas).
By John Kaluza In response to Mr. Staveley’s commentary, I am closing in on 70 years old and I can honestly say, like you do, that the thinking of many people in this country is incomprehensible to me. I just don’t understand how so many Americans can support […]
CT2 In the world of scenario planning, the fact that something is unthinkable should not prevent us from considering it. The breakup of the Soviet Union was unthinkable almost until the day it happened. At the same time, of course, not every impossible thing will happen. Among the […]
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By Jesse Kelly The Federalist Divorce is hard, but it’s easier than cutting the brake lines on your wife’s car. It is long past time for an amicable divorce of the United States of America. There is simply no common ground with the Left anymore. We are now […]
By Patrick W. Watson Forbes Some things are so horrible, you don’t want to think about them. Institutional risk managers think about “tail risks”—scenarios with very low probability. But should they happen, the consequences would be so devastating that you must plan for them.