Return of the City-State Reply

The worldwide struggle of the future will pit revolutionaries everywhere against a rising techno-totalitarian global regime. I consider everything I have done over the past 20 years to be part of the preparation for the struggle to come.

By Jamie Bartlett

If you’d been born 1,500 years ago in southern Europe, you’d have been convinced that the Roman empire would last forever. It had, after all, been around for 1,000 years. And yet, following a period of economic and military decline, it fell apart. By 476 CE it was gone. To the people living under the mighty empire, these events must have been unthinkable. Just as they must have been for those living through the collapse of the Pharaoh’s rule or Christendom or the Ancien Régime.

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Pompeo carves out new US alliance system in Middle East Reply

A three-way fight is brewing in the Middle East and Central Asia.

By Seth J. Frantzman

The Hill

Following the historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the region to ensure the stability of U.S. interests. In addition to the UAE, he visited Israel, Sudan, Bahrain and Oman. During the trip, the U.S. also criticized Turkey for hosting Hamas leaders, whom the U.S. and Israel view as terrorists. The U.S. message appears to be that a new alliance system is forming in the region, with the UAE and Israel at its core and Washington’s backing.

This may be part of a wider U.S. strategy to shore up allies in the Middle East and confront China and Russia in the long term.

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People’s Party Convention HIGHLIGHTS, Is This The Way Forward For The Left? Reply

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.

Pension Funds Start Looking to Gold to Avert Disaster Reply

By Stefan Gleason, Money Metals Exchange

Public and private pension plans face a dual crisis.

The first and most obvious threat to pensioners is that defined-benefit vehicles are severely underfunded. By one estimate, pension systems taken as a whole are $638 billion in the red.

Some are in better shape financially than others. But all pension plans will have to reckon with a second huge challenge going forward.

Namely, they are already entirely unable to meet their stated return objectives by owning conventional “safe” interest-bearing instruments such as Treasury bonds.

Fed Declares War on Savers

The Federal Reserve has effectively declared war on savers by vowing to hold short-term interest rates near zero, likely for years to come. Longer-term bond yields also plummeted to record lows (below 1% for most maturities) this year.

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Map of Europe’s Tribes (52 BC) Reply

This is more or less the map of indigenous Europe before the Romanization period. A problem with much contemporary anti-imperialist or post-colonialist thought is that it tends to limit its analysis to the early modern period and beyond, i.e. the “age of exploration” through the postwar period. However, the history of Western colonialism really starts with the Romans and begins in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Map of Europe's Tribes

Why I Am An Anarchist 6

This quote from Leopold Kohr summarizes perfectly why I am an anarchist. The only remaining problems would be the prevention of power from reconcentrating or recentralizing (like the Macedonian conquest of Greece or the trajectory of US history), the possibility of localized conflicts (like Athens vs Sparta or the Bloods vs the Crips), and localized systems of abusive authoritarianism (like Jonestown).

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How to “Doom” Anarchism Reply

Center for a Stateless Society

Can there be such a thing as a “conservative anarchist?” Yes, as is true of any broad political label – socialist, democrat, libertarian, the list grows longer every day as the far right tries to appropriate the language of other tendencies. Ultimately, one can identify with whatever values they want, this is the foundation of many views I hold. After reading through “The Conservative Anarchist,” it appears that Dakota Hensley and I both share this general principle, and I’m sure there’s many other areas in which we might broadly agree. Where we appear to differ is in our conception of how individual values should be regarded.

Let’s consider a hypothetical society in which the state is gone, borders have been abolished, and communities are created by freedom of association. If I, a nonbinary person, am threatened by a growing contingent of transphobes in my immediate vicinity, and I’m not willing or able to leave, I should be able to use my resources and connections to create a support network to defend myself against any perceived threat. It also works in my best interest to use whatever means I have available to make my social environment safe for me; if this involves applying pressure to people who don’t respect peoples’ pronouns or claim that “gender is determined by biology,” that’s entirely consistent with anarchism. Hensley has a much different view on this than I do: “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.”

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The Conservative Anarchist 3

By Dakota Hensley

Anarchist News

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.

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