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This is a fairly low-brow article from a mainstream “conservative movement” site (as opposed to high-brow conservatives like the H.L. Mencken Club or The American Conservative). It’s interesting how these types think that somehow “conservatism” is going to make some big comeback even as the Left is winning or gaining ground on virtually every issue, certainly every social and cultural issue. Gen Z is no more going to embrace a return to Reaganite “fusionism” than they’re going to embrace rotary dial telephones. But the point this article makes about the “Oppression Olympics” is on point.
The ATS philosophy of freely associating voluntary “tribes” and decentralized local communities offers an alternative to the conventional right-wing, the statist orientation of most of the Left, the “culture war” paradigm and to the “Oppression Olympics.”
By Rachel Alexander
As the left becomes
more intolerant, its various factions are encountering more conflict
with each other. Black Lives Matter and other minorities create “spaces”
where white people aren’t allowed — which exclude sympathetic white
liberals. Transgenders and feminists get into vicious fights over whether transwomen are really women. Radical immigration groups crash
LGBT marches. Feminists on college campuses broadly paint male co-eds
as rapists — even liberal men. Comedians who routinely mock
conservatives are finding themselves chased away from college campuses by snowflakes who don’t like their LGBT and race jokes. Bernie Sanders’ supporters are investigating the mysterious death of former DNC staffer Seth Rich, while Hillary Clinton supporters ridicule them as conspiracy theorists.
The left’s dominant factions are even more likely to run into
conflicts with each other as a result of the left taking over much of
society. Since conservatives are increasingly blocked out of areas like
education, the left is free to run rampant. For example, there is no
longer a debate over whether to teach children encouraging messages
about being LGBT in school. Instead, the debate is whether to include
transvestites, polygamists and more controversial aspects of gender and
sexuality in the discussion. CARTOONS | Henry Payne View Cartoon
White liberal professors are finding themselves under siege in upper academia. Michael Rectenwald, a professor at NYU, said in February that he was leaving the left after becoming fed up with the snowflakes, trigger warnings, safe spaces and other hostile behavior he was subjected to. He explained on Facebook, “today’s ‘Left’ is rife with the most obscene, abusive, nasty, spiritually ugly and utterly unethical, hypocritical and fanatically horrible people I’ve ever encountered in my 58 years on earth.”
Given that Trumpism seems to represent dying WASP America’s last stand, I think it is pretty safe to say that we are now moving into a time where the circle of neocons, right-libertarians, exiled social democrats, frustrated centrists, heterodox academics around Dave Rubin constitute the far right, the Clinton/Biden corporate liberals constitute conservatism, the Sanders/AOC progressives constitute liberalism, and the SJWs/Antifa constitute the far left. I guess that would make ATS the far, far left or “ultra-left.”
It is true that the neoconservative/neoliberal/deep state/power
elite ruling class doesn’t like populists. Not Trump from the right or
AOC from the left. They’ve mostly been able to co-opt or at least
control Trump, who was always (at best) a hit and miss anyway. They seem
to promote AOC as an acceptable “celebrity leftist” (probably because
she’s also anti-Trump and doesn’t talk much about foreign policy, and
her message isn’t immediately threatening to
basic ruling class interests) while attacking her at the same time, as
opposed to Tulsi whom they try to sweep under the rug and Omar whom
they’re totally flipping out over. But ultimately the political class
itself is a problem and anyone who enters the state should automatically
be viewed with suspicion.
Here’s the basic deal: They can co-opt or control anyone who goes along with the general foreign policy and state/corporatist paradigm, but someone who steps out of that box like Tulsi Gabbard is a real threat, particularly if they are Israel-critical, like Ilhan Omar. In which case, they will immediately move against such an individual.
can concede free colleges, single-payer healthcare, transgender
restrooms, gay marriage, etc. None of that threatens ruling class power
itself. The EU countries have all that and the European ruling classes
get by just fine. It may even be helpful as it is a means of expanding
the state while co-opting new constituencies and paying off politically
connected private interests. I’m sure there are lots of capitalist
interests looking to get in on AOC’s Green New Deal. But attacking the
empire itself is a big no-no as would be a genuinely radical domestic
policy (like abolishing intellectual property law, free banking, or
repealing laws of incorporation).
For decades, I have considered Democratic Party neoliberals to be the future conservatives, and SJW leftists to be the future liberals, and that seems to be finally coming into fruition nowadays. What ATS has always been intended to be is a blueprint for a far left anarchist movement that’s so far left that is crosses over with the right (horseshoe theory and all that) on issues that are or ought to be within the anarchist paradigm but are rejected by many liberals and leftists (right to bear arms/self defense, anti-Zionism, freedom of association, anti-PC/free speech, secession, authentic economic freedom, etc) plus authentic anti-imperialism and class struggle so that an-coms and sovereign citizens end up under the same umbrella.
Regarding your piece today on the First World Left (as well as the Truthout article you shared re: Ilhan Omar), one silver lining to the ascendance of progressives — whatever their many fundamental shortcomings, as you rightly note — is the current opening up of dialogue surrounding (previously unquestioned) bipartisan support for Israel. Something that was long-verboten a few months ago has suddenly been forced into mainstream discussion.
From what I’ve seen just hopping around online, this is indeed a huge rift that’s developing within the Democratic Party. I see progressives shocked at and creeped out by the Democratic establishment’s thuggish attempt to silence dissent, with some clearly beginning to regard them not simply as a stodgy old guard to be dragged into becoming more progressive, but as just as monstrous as the Republicans. This is purely anecdotal of course, but I’ve seen some ostensibly progressive commenters use words like psychotic and evil to describe them.
Irrespective of anything else that may happen, this seems like an important development, and something that perhaps had to come from the Left. It’s easy to dismiss paleocons and far right figures as anti-Semites (especially since some of them obviously are); it’s a lot harder to get away with the same accusations here. I imagine this will ultimately combine with the growing sentiment to throw Saudi Arabia under the bus as well. It’s only natural after all, if they are indeed serious about opposing authoritarian, right-wing governments as a matter of foreign policy.
Studying the demise of historic civilisations can tell us how much risk we face today, says collapse expert Luke Kemp. Worryingly, the signs are worsening.
Great civilisations are not murdered. Instead, they take their own lives.
This article is part of a new BBC Future series about the long view of humanity, which aims to stand back from the daily news cycle and widen the lens of our current place in time. Modern society is suffering from “temporal exhaustion”, the sociologist Elise Boulding once said. “If one is mentally out of breath all the time from dealing with the present, there is no energy left for imagining the future,” she wrote.
That’s why the Deep Civilisation season will explore what really matters in the broader arc of human history and what it means for us and our descendants.
So concluded the historian Arnold Toynbee in his 12-volume magnum opus A Study of History. It was an exploration of the rise and fall of 28 different civilisations. More…
ATS friend Antony Sammeroff will be debating Presidential candidate Andrew Yang on the question of the UBI in New York City on September 19. Tickets available here.
Andrew Yang is running for president in 2020 and believes the only solution to the speeding onset of Automation and AI is a Universal Basic Income. Antony Sammeroff examines his ideas in episode 123 of the Scottish Liberty Podcast. Listen here.
Monday, September 9, 2019
Andrew Yang vs. Antony Sammeroff
Robotics will soon lead to widespread joblessness and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.
A reader offers the following observations on Tulsi Gabbard, the crime of retroactive wrongthink, and liberal imperialism.
As someone who grew up deeply enmeshed in the Fox News Republican / “Christian conservative” milieu of the 90s/00s — and who then doubled down on the belief in war and American hegemony as a solution to the world’s problems as an explicit, self-described neocon in my mid-teens (I read Irving Kristol, Douglas Murray, Robert Kagan, etc.) — there are few (maybe no) things in contemporary American politics more disappointing to me than the lack of a principled anti-war left.
Imagine my dismay as I slowly realized over the course of Obama’s first term — as a newly-minted libertarian/anarchist, now strongly anti-war — that the idealistic, wimpy peacenik Left I had heard so much about and made fun of as a little Republican shit, didn’t really exist in America anymore, and that the anti-war protests I remembered from the Bush years were basically its last gasps of relevancy in the American political scene.
Everything since then (from Obama, etc.) has been lip-service to an inherited legacy they no longer deserve to be associated with.
Of the current crop of 2020 Dem candidates, it’s nice to hear Sanders speaking out against intervention in Venezuela (bringing up the history of American intervention in Latin America during the CNN town hall recently) or to speak out against America’s support of the Saudi regime’s war in Yemen. But can we really trust Sanders not to buckle if he were to become President, like Obama (and now Trump) before him?
And the one candidate who actually makes a less interventionist (not even completely non-interventionist) foreign policy a central plank of her campaign platform, Gabbard, faces either media criticism or blackout for those views (from the establishment Left) — or, perhaps even more crippling to her chances — absolute hatred and disavowal over anti-LGBT baggage from her past — such as her support for conversion therapy, and her calling civil union (not even gay marriage) advocates “homosexual extremists”.
Despite Gabbard’s views changing since then, it is telling that that cannot be forgiven (despite her totally reasonable excuse that she grew up in a very socially conservative household and, several steps further, was the daughter of a loony family values-type activist father). Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton style warmongering is not even something that needs to be forgiven or given much thought at all; in fact, liberal interventionism is now the default, respectable position of the Democratic mainstream.
Anyway. It’s a real shame. And it makes me sad.
Maybe something unexpected will happen once the debates start, and war will end up becoming a central question of the race as a whole (similar to how Trump essentially forced the topic of illegal immigration into center focus for the 2016 Republican primaries, which then forced the other candidates to either differentiate themselves from Trump’s anti-immigrant positions, or become more Trump-like themselves on that issue). I’m not going to hold my breath though.
A growing number of
Americans are becoming aware of the destructive influence of the Israeli
and Saudi lobby in the United States, which has led to anti-Muslim
sentiment in some sectors of the country, an American analyst in
“More and more people in the United States are becoming increasingly
critical of American foreign policy and these policies involving
constant wars to overthrow the governments of other countries,” said
Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“Also, more and more Americans are becoming aware of the role that
the Israeli lobby has over American foreign policy and over the American
government … and more people are becoming aware of the influence that
the Saudi Arabians have over the American government, particularly after
the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” Preston told Press TV on Sunday.
“So what seems to be happening is that there are various elements in
the United States that are aligned with Israel and that are aligned with
Saudi Arabia and ironically they’re trying to fan the flames of
anti-Muslim sentiment to justify the kind of imperialist foreign policy
paradigm that the United State has traditionally adhered to,” he added.
US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has condemned Republicans for linking her
to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, saying it’s “no wonder”
she is on the “hit list” of a domestic terrorist.
Recently, a poster linking the Muslim lawmaker to the 9/11 attack was
reportedly hung in West Virginia’s state legislature by Republican
Omar, is a Democrat member of the US House of Representatives who
represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district in the lower chamber
of Congress. Along with Rashida Tlaib, she was one of the first two
Muslim women elected to the lower chamber of Congress and the first
woman of color elected from Minnesota.
Some pro-Israel US politicians have accused Omar of anti-Semitic
comments because she has been a staunch critic of Israel and its
anti-Muslim policies in the Middle East. She has also repeatedly slammed
the main Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs
Speaking on Wednesday night at an event in Washington, DC with fellow
Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Omar dismissed
anti-Semitic charges against her, saying everything they say about
Israel is interpreted as anti-Semitic because they are Muslim.
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It was in late 1998/early 1999 that “American Revolutionary Vanguard” was founded by a small coalition of left-wing and right-wing anarchists, plus assorted others, for the purpose of moving past the standard left/right paradigm and toward a more radical position. In the Spring of 1999 we started a local public access TV show that ran for about three years and subsequently started Attack the System in early 2001. The following three articles date back to the early years of ATS and summarize the ATS “philosophy” as thoroughly as anything I have ever written.
The first article was written circa 2000/2001 during the peak of the anti-globalization movement. The other two were written circa 2003/2004 following the beginning of the Iraq War. While some of the content may be slightly dated, these core ideas remain the foundation of our outlook.
It is interesting to reconsider these old essays in light of things that have happened in subsequent years.
Orania is a South African Afrikaner commune that is economically self-sufficient and has no police or prisons. Predictably, they are attacked by the Left with the usual “racist” and “fascist” labels.
But if racists want to escape a non-racist society, they should go for it, just as if communists want to escape a capitalist society, they should do so. One of the biggest points of contention that I have with most conventional leftists, including apparently left-anarchists, is over the issue of freedom of association. Freedom of association means the right to associate in a racist way, a communist way, an atheist way, a religious way, etc. It means the right to exclude redheads, meat eaters, television watchers, short people, or rock music fans. It means everyone involved can be required to be gay or required to use drugs.
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst described US efforts to send the “so-called humanitarian aid” to Venezuela as a pretext to conduct regime change in the Latin American country, calling on Washington to help Yemenis and Palestinians instead.
“The US claim of wanting to provide humanitarian aid to Venezuela is simply a pretext for efforts to engage in the domestic subversion of the country in order to sponsor regime change. Claims of wanting to provide humanitarian assistance cannot be taken seriously. At present, there are many humanitarian crises around the world that the US has either largely ignored, or has provided assistance to states that are responsible for carrying out humanitarian catastrophes such as the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen or Israel’s war against the Palestinians,” Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of attackthesystem.com, told Tasnim.
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Social justice has become such a loaded term in the Twenty-Teens. There was a time when only renegades gave a flying fuck about the disenfranchised. Now its been hijacked, in name only, by the state to justify its own malign existence. This leads to far too many reactionary renegades either embracing the state as a solution to the woes it perpetuates or conversely rejecting social justice out of hand. The sad reality here is that this has left many oppressed people without any legitimate advocacy outside of their own embattled tribes. The Civil Rights Movement has been twisted into a distraction from the very class issues that serve as the source of virtually all forms of bigotry and too many class warriors have written off social justice as a whole as some kind of neoliberal vanity project. But people are still fucked for more reasons than class even if class is the foreplay that makes that fucking possible.
Among so-called Social Justice Warriors, the conversation often devolves into a squabble over who gets fucked worst; The blacks or the browns? The trans of the gays? This bickering rarely serves any justifiable purpose but I’m always perplexed by the fact that no one takes the side of the most obvious winner of this dubious distinction. Across the globe, without exception, the most roundly fucked class of people on the planet are children and if that sentence makes you uncomfortable then that’s a start. The fact that this obvious truth is still a total mystery to even the most obsessive compulsive SJW’s only further proves the point. But really think about it, dearest motherfuckers.
Even here in the supposed civil rights bacchanalia of the West, children are afforded all the rights of pets. They are essentially the property of their adult guardians or even worse, the state, if they see fit to interfere in the oppression process. If you are beneath the sacred age of eighteen in this country, you can’t vote, you can’t own property, you can’t work, and you have absolutely zero say in your living situation. The oppression begins at birth with the glorified genital mutilation of circumcision and, even worse, the painful and invasive surgery that defines intersex children’s physical sex before they can even speak. Children are routinely conditioned to be well behaved cattle, to be seen but not heard. They are instructed to obey adults without question and do as they’re told. Is it any wonder that children are the number one victims of abuse in this country with the lion share of the abuse being dolled out by the very authority figures they’re groomed to obey; Parents, cops, teachers, priests.
In my view, a world where right-libertarians and an-caps represented “the Right” and where left-libertarians and libsocs/an-coms represented “the Left” would be a wonderful place. “Let a thousand flowers bloom.” -Mao tse tung
The main problem that libertarians of any kind seem to have, and one that I have been criticizing for years, is that “freedom” (broadly defined) is not an idea that inherently appeals to most people. People who are drawn to libertarian ideas represent the minority of human beings who find the idea of freedom appealing. But being a libertarian (broadly defined) is like being gay, i.e. it’s something that may come naturally to a minority, but doesn’t appeal to the majority. Most people defer to the norms of their own primary reference groups, perceived legitimate authority figures, and their wider community of origin. And most people prefer safety and security over freedom. So the big question is how can libertarians influence societies beyond their actual numbers? What are the actual examples of situations where freedom emerged, usually by accident as the result of circumstances?
The following is an email interview with Matt Kuehnel and Dane Posner, two members of the Libertarian-Socialist Caucus (LSC) of the Libertarian Party. The interview took place over the course of a few months, between December 2018 and February 2019. The LSC may be contacted and followed on Facebook and Twitter. If interested in learning more or interacting, the LSC welcomes prospective members to participate in their discussion group on Facebook.
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One thing that every late-stage ruling
class has in common is a high tolerance for mediocrity. Standards
decline, the edges fray, but nobody in charge seems to notice. They’re
happy in their sinecures and getting richer. In a culture like this,
there’s no penalty for being wrong. The talentless prosper, rising
inexorably toward positions of greater power, and breaking things along
the way. It happened to the Ottomans. Max Boot is living proof that it’s
happening in America.
Boot is a professional foreign policy expert, a job category that doesn’t exist outside of a select number of cities. Boot has degrees from Berkeley and Yale, and is a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written a number of books and countless newspaper columns on foreign affairs and military history. The International Institute for Strategic Studies, an influential British think tank, describes Boot as one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict.”
Well, dearest motherfuckers, apparently I’m an anti-Semite. I know! I had know idea either. But if being a mild mannered critic of Israel like Congresswoman Ilhan Omar makes you a rabid anti-Semite then color me Adolf fucking Eichmann because there is nothing mild about me. Being an openly anti-Zionist drag queen pretty much makes that biologically impossible. When a state walls in an entire group of people based solely on race and then systematically starves them to death, I call that fucking genocide regardless of which end of the rifle the chosen people happen to be on. Pardon me all over the goddamn place for having a color blind moral compass. But apparently that’s all it takes because Zionists are the most precious snowflakes.
I say Zionists because Jews have nothing to do with this. A Jew is a member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. A Zionist is a Jewish supremacist who believes Israel should be a fascist satellite of American imperialism and many of them aren’t even Jews. But apparently these revanchist goyum have been awarded the Jehovah given right to proclaim anyone who doesn’t agree with their insane foreign policy or the apartheid regime illegally occupying Palestine to be a stark raving, goose-stepping anti-Semite. And based on the limp-wristed, half-assed, back-peddling, Israel critics in the DNC that they’ve stapled this red scarlet letter to, a flaming, unapologetic, Israel-basher like me is all but guaranteed to make their voluminous shit-list. Good riddance. They can kiss the queerest part of my ass.