My Resignation From The Intercept Reply

Glenn Greenwald on why he resigned from The Intercept. The media has become the new clergy.

But the pathologies, illiberalism, and repressive mentality that led to the bizarre spectacle of my being censored by my own media outlet are ones that are by no means unique to The Intercept. These are the viruses that have contaminated virtually every mainstream center-left political organization, academic institution, and newsroom.

By Glenn Greenwald

Today I sent my intention to resign from The Intercept, the news outlet I co-founded in 2013 with Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras, as well as from its parent company First Look Media.

The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.

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Trump Unbound: Visions for a Second Term Reply

Thomas Sowell once said that a problem with intellectuals is because they are experts in certain very narrow areas, they think they are automatically qualified to give expert opinions on everything else. This article is a good example. As brilliant a military theorist as Bill Lind, this article is delusional nonsense. Trump jettisoned the Russia rapprochement people around him very early on and has governed as a normal Republican on virtually every issue since then.

By William S. Lind, The American Conservative

I expect President Trump to win re-election and win big. In a game of cops and robbers, most people side with the cops. A triumphant Trump will be Trump Unbound, Promethean in his defiance of the establishment. The result should be more fun than a barrel of Menckens.

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The Coming Biden-Harris Law and Order Regime Reply

Prediction:
A Biden/Harris regime will crack down harder on BLM, Antifa, left-wing protestors, and their right-wing counterparts than a Trump-Pence-Barr regime. The “Biden administration” will merely be a euphemism for a ruling class unity regime without the distraction of the Orange Man daily freak show. A certain amount of disorder is in Trump’s interests, so he can promote himself as a law and order man as opposed to the incompetent Democrats who allegedly coddle rioters and criminals.
The Democrats want the protestors to vote for them. But a change of administrations will be a whole new ballgame. The new administration will be trying to demonstrate its competence when compared to its predecessor and will want to brag about how it allegedly restored order, curbed civil unrest, reduced crime, reformed the police, and cracked down on hate groups, along with left-wing wing extremists.

The Neocon-Maoist Axis Reply

From a social media post. This may be the first time Trotskyists and Maoists have ever manage to get along.

“The coalition behind Biden is ridiculous – Lincoln Project “Never Trumper” Republicans and most of the leadership of the Democratic Socialists of America, Silicon Valley tech giants and Black Lives Matter, Wall Street megadonors and the remnants of Occupy Wall Street, etc., even the inappropriately-named Revolutionary Communist Party (Refuse Fascism). It is a totally phony ideological configuration.”

Episode 35: Bonus episode with Keith Preston by listener request Reply

Listen here.

Mr. Preston joined us again per a listener request to cover the subject of right wing anarchism, with many famous names coming up in the discussion such as Proudhon, Kropotkin, Tucker, Stirner, Rothbard and Junger. Keith also per listener request discussed what Friedrich Nietzsche’s ideas have contributed to anarchism, and finally we discussed what the kind of
anarchist would we see that has been influenced by Nietzsche, Stirner, Mencken & Junger. Topics that were brought up were the origins of the term “socialist” along with aristocratic radicalism, national syndicalism and much more.

Episode 35: Bonus episode with Keith Preston by listener request

The Real Resistance to Slavery in North America Reply

By Russell Maroon Shoats/z

Long before the founding of the country, Africans were transported to what later became known as the United States of America. Some came as free individuals and companions of the Europeans from Spain and elsewhere. They were ship guides, sailors, soldiers, explorers, and adventurers. Others, however, were “enslaved” workers.

The earliest known enslaved Africans were brought by the Spanish to serve in a colony that was set up in what is today the Carolinas. There, within a couple of years (around 1528) the survivors are reported to have “rebelled and escaped to dwell amongst the Indians.”

In the mid-1500s, an even less-known but larger group came as “free colonizers” from South America. They numbered at least 300 and had been formerly enslaved but were part of a successful rebellion and takeover by enslaved Africans and English and “mixed-race” privateers, or pirates.

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Kamala Harris’ Husband’s Firm Makes Big Money Working for China Reply

I’m not a fan of the Chinese regime which comes about as close as any regime in the world today to meeting the popular definition of “fascism.” But the Sinophobia we see coming from some camps is just a smokescreen intended to obscure the real relationship between the West and China.
Where would China be without Western capital, Western export markets, and Western debt financing? Nowhere. China is merely a province in the global capitalist empire, and largely a backwater province at that. When the China opening came during the Nixon era, David Rockefeller was among the first to recognize Western capital could do business with these folks. The West has the same relationship with China today that it did with the Soviet Union in the early to the middle part of the 20th century (see Antony Sutton).
The 20th-century totalitarian regimes were largely the creation of Western capital as subordinate colonies. Soviet industrialization was made possible with Western finance and technology. Ditto the German military buildup of the 1930s. Mussolini was a Western ally who switched sides after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia was criticized (a prelude to the falling out between the US and Saddam Hussein over Kuwait). Western capital essentially used the Russian and Asian communists as mercenaries against the Axis powers, which led to the need to contain them during the Cold War, which led to the creation of the Takfiri insurgencies and Salafist regimes in Central Asia and the Middle East that are creating chaos today.

By Luis Miguel, New American

Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, works at a multinational law firm that consults for several companies owned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and that employs former CCP officials.

Emhoff’s firm, DLA Piper, boasts of its nearly 130 years of experience dealing in China, as well as its team of 140 lawyers who make up a “China Investment Services” branch.

Harris’ husband has served as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice and its Media, Sport, and Entertainment sector since 2017.

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Gamers, Grrrls, and Gangs: Youth Subcultures, Scenes, Neo-Tribes, and Their Role in Identity Development Reply

By Brandon N. Kelly

Adolescence is a period of change and creativity where young people draw on adult and childlike behaviors to negotiate identity development. During this period of change, youth begin to form social groups with others that have similar concerns and experiences and as a result, different subcultures are born. Most of the research on youth subcultures in the United States and the UK view these groups as forms of style, resistance, and political opposition. Today, many youth subcultures are seen as micro-communities, which share a particular interest in music, taste, fashion, politics, art, sports, dance, and other social practices that provide a symbolic link to a parent culture, or the culture that preceded it. However, since individuals frequently move in and out of youth subcultures, terms such as neo-tribes and scenes are more widely used. Examples of some of the areas pursued in research on subcultures include:

  • feminism and exclusion of gender from subcultures
  • misogyny and homophobia
  • popular culture and marketing
  • positive deviance and straightedge culture
  • racial identity
  • racism
  • sexual identity
  • status and hierarchy in subcultures
  • stigma
  • virtual communities and gamming

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Subcultures or Neo-Tribes? Rethinking the Relationship between Youth, Style and Musical Taste Reply

By Andy Bennett

Sociology

Despite the criticisms of subcultural theory as a framework for the sociological study of the relationship between youth, music, style, and identity, the term‘subculture’ continues to be widely used in such work. It is a central contention of this article that, as with subcultural theory, the concept of ‘subculture’ is unwork-able as an objective analytical tool in sociological work on youth, music and style –that the musical tastes and stylistic preferences of youth, rather than being tied to issues of social class, as subculture maintains, are in fact examples of the late-modern lifestyles in which notions of identity are ‘constructed’ rather than ‘given’, and ‘fluid’ rather than ‘fixed’. Such fluidity, I maintain, is also a characteristic of the forms of collective association which are built around musical and stylistic preference. Using Maffesoli’s concept of tribus (tribes) and applying this to an empirical study of the contemporary dance music in Britain, I argue that the musical and stylistic sensibilities exhibited by the young people involved in the dance music scene are clear examples of a form of late modern ‘sociality’ rather than a fixed subcultural group.

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