Dr. Dara Kass reports on the latest data from the CDC on coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States.
Dr. Dara Kass reports on the latest data from the CDC on coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States.
“National-populism” is not going to be any more successful at rolling back the globalization of neoliberalism than throne and altar traditionalists were successful at rolling back classical liberalism, the industrial revolution, and the rise of modernity.
Professor Noam Chomsky gives his thoughts on the future of the left and weighs in on the current state of the media landscape.
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.
“Looting” is just a “stimulus plan” organized from the bottom up at the grassroots level and implemented through direct action.
Fourth-generation warfare escalates.
A funny comment from the thread: “Republican Marriage: A man, a woman, his daughter, his pool boy, his prostitutes, and Lindsey Graham.”
I’ve been impressed with some of the discussions that have been taking place at A-News in recent months. The discussion that follows this piece is pretty good in places. There needs to be a psychic sea change in the general anarchist milieu away from hysterical leftism, which is part of the problem and not part of the solution, toward a general consensus in favor of autonomous communities for all forms of anarchists and voluntary communities for adherents of all other philosophies.
A couple of months ago, we spoke of civil war, not as passive spectators, but asking what if anarchists could be its main agitators. That hypothetical turning point seems to be foisted upon us. Recently, “professional anarchists” and “ANTIFA”tm have been accused of being “outside agitators” and the “terrorist” protagonists in the ongoing riots. Without denying our pedigree, we acknowledge that this time around our supposed role as protagonists is an exaggeration by the media and the government, as scaremongering and scapegoating tactics. So let’s give credit where it’s due: meet The Boogaloo.
Often styilized as “Boog”, this is a term used by (mostly right-wing) insurgents to refer to a Second Civil War in the United States. Some on the right see it mainly as an opportunity to cleanse the states and establish a “proper” government, some on the left have come to see it as a chance to execute their own agendas. They figure that the size of this country, its relationship with firearms and its many headstrong citizens will lead to a breaking point, the start of which is already here, according to some. The current riots that have erupted in many cities across the nation might the be closest thing yet to the fantasized Boogaloo.
It’s somewhat surprising that C4SS would post an article like this.
By Dakota Hensley
Individualism, community, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and faith are the values of the people of Appalachia. It is in these values that we find an anarchism that has existed in the cities and rural communities for decades. However, most Appalachians don’t refer to their culture as such, but it carries many of the same attitudes and beliefs as anarchism. .This fact is further obscured by the pressure to view political beliefs through an electoral lens.
Appalachian anarchism is a syncretic philosophy that combines Christian anarchism with individualist anarchism along with aspects of traditionalist conservatism and agrarianism. It is Christian anarchist in that faith is held dear to Appalachians who let the Bible guide them, despite 70% being unchurched and their native Christianity being decentralized and opposed to religious hierarchy and established churches. It is individualist in its opposition to communism and acceptance of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. It is traditionalist conservative in its views of social issues, being opposed to abortion and supportive of the traditions of the mountains among others. It is agrarian in its support of the back-to-the-land movement’s components, namely smallholding, self-sufficiency, community, and autonomy. All these mix together to create an individualist and conservative anarchism.
By Yoram Hazony
I. The collapse of institutional liberalism
For a generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, most Americans and Europeans regarded Marxism as an enemy that had been defeated once and for all. But they were wrong. A mere 30 years later, Marxism is back, and making an astonishingly successful bid to seize control of the most important American media companies, universities and schools, major corporations and philanthropic organizations, and even the courts, the government bureaucracy, and some churches. As American cities succumb to rioting, arson, and looting, it appears as though the liberal custodians of many of these institutions—from the New York Times to Princeton University—have despaired of regaining control of them, and are instead adopting a policy of accommodation. That is, they are attempting to appease their Marxist employees by giving in to some of their demands in the hope of not being swept away entirely.
We don’t know what will happen for certain. But based on the experience of recent years, we can venture a pretty good guess. Institutional liberalism lacks the resources to contend with this threat. Liberalism is being expelled from its former strongholds, and the hegemony of liberal ideas, as we have known it since the 1960s, will end. Anti-Marxist liberals are about to find themselves in much the same situation that has characterized conservatives, nationalists, and Christians for some time now: They are about to find themselves in the opposition.
By Mike Gleason, Money Metals Exchange
As the Federal Reserve embarks on a new campaign to raise inflation rates, markets may be in for a change in character.
On Wednesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell announced that the central bank would be targeting an inflation “average” of 2%. By the Fed’s measures, inflation has been running below 2% in recent years. So, getting to a 2% average in the years ahead will require above 2% inflation for a significant period.
Here’s Powell attempting to explain himself from central bankers’ virtual Jackson Hole conference:
Jerome Powell: Our statement emphasizes that our actions to achieve both sides of our dual mandate will be most effective if longer term inflation expectations remain well anchored at 2%. However, if inflation runs below 2% following economic downturns, but never moves above 2%, even when the economy is strong, then over time, inflation will average less than 2%.
Households and businesses will come to expect this result. Meaning that inflation expectations would tend to move below our inflation goal and pull realized inflation down. To prevent this outcome and the adverse dynamics that could ensue, our new statement indicates that we will seek to achieve inflation that averages 2% over time.
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit
Exile in Happy Valley
“All power is truly in the hands of the people, and in the end the people will win.”
With November rapidly approaching and a Biden victory appearing more and more plausible, Donald Trump, our petulant man-child in chief, looks to have chosen the Culture War as his Alamo, forgoing his previously hip harangues against those plague spewing Chinese communists for more homegrown boogeymen. It’s now Chicago, not Beijing, that offers the true threat to American exceptionalism, and two time honored tropes of American conservative bigotry in particular have been dusted off to frighten elderly white suburbanites to their diseased polling places, the Blacks and the Anarchists. To hear Trump and company tell the tale, our Democratically run cities are being burned to the ground by a motley crew of nappy-headed Willie Hortons and their lawless Antifa-fied honky allies, and for once, the GOP has set their sites on a legit threat to their morally bankrupt way of life.
The Weimarization of the US continues to escalate. Apparently, the person killed was some right-wing guy. Who did the killing? A leftist or BLM supporter? The cops? A rival right-winger? A random shooter? An anonymous vigilante?
One man was shot and killed in downtown Portland as dueling demonstrations — one a pro-Trump car caravan and another a counter-protest mounted by various opposing groups — unfolded late Saturday.
Portland police said the man was shot around 8:45 p.m. near Southwest Third Avenue and Alder Street. The agency did not say whether the incident was related to the demonstrations.
The man lay in the street as medics tended to the gunshot wounds. The body remained there after medics left. Next to the body was camouflage gear with infidel and thin blue line patches, which commonly indicate support for law enforcement. Police taped off the area.
A photo from the scene published by Getty Images showed the man wearing a hat with a Patriot Prayer logo. The far-right group has been at the center of multiple Portland demonstrations that often culminate in violent clashes.
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson said he had also seen the photo of the man killed. He did not say whether he knew the person.
“I have to figure out what the hell is going on,” Gibson said Saturday night, before hanging up.
By William S. Lind
The way the Presidential election is shaping up, most of the big issues will not be openly stated. They include race, with the Republicans the White party and the Democrats the black and immigrant party; socialism, with the Democrats in favor and the Republicans against; and freedom of thought and expression, with President Trump not only an advocate but a practitioner as he says things deemed politically incorrect while the Democrats hope people do not notice what the Left is doing on college campuses, where students and professors who dissent from cultural Marxism do so at their peril. But behind these largely unstated issues lies another: the Democrats are the party of fear while the Republicans, and especially President Trump, are the party of anger.
It is obvious how the media, which are almost wholly in the Democrats’ camp, pump up the fear. The corona panic is exhibit A: most people have figured out it isn’t very dangerous unless you’re lying in a bed in a nursing home, while the media talks as if the Black Death were again upon us. The Left puts more and more restrictions on daily life, all justified by COVID-19, but they fail to see how they are thereby stoking public anger. The latest example is widespread cancellation of fall college and high school sports, including football. That might seem a small matter in the great scheme of things, but it is not to the thousands of players and millions of fans. Their anger will turn into many votes for President Trump, because he is the angry man’s candidate. Some of his votes will be black votes, because sports, especially football, are young black men’s road out of the ghetto.
By Meagan Day
On August 19, President Donald Trump gave a nod of approval to believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which maintains that the president is secretly fighting to save the world from an elite satanic pedophile network, calling them “people that love our country.”
One week later, on August 26, Fox News host Tucker Carlson sympathized with Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who killed two Wisconsin Black Lives Matter protesters and maimed another. Carlson suggested Rittenhouse felt he “had to maintain order when no one else would.”
At a glance, these provocations might appear disconnected. But they are deeply intertwined. In the span of a week, Trump and Carlson both gave the green light to extremist elements on the Right, QAnon conspiracy theorists on the one hand and armed pro-police adventurists on the other. In the process they each drew on the same bedrock narrative: that the streets of America — especially Democrat-run cities, but nowhere is safe — are teeming with lawless agents of anarchy who flout authority, terrorize innocents, and threaten civilization itself. Thus besieged, right-wing extremism of one variant or another is not really extreme at all. It is rational, even heroic and patriotic.
One thing that I have endeavored to point out to American “radicals” is that the US government is not merely the government of the 50 states but the government of most, if not all, of the world. The US directly or indirectly controls the internal politics of the majority of the world’s nations through bribery, economic hegemony, trade dominance, military occupation, military bases, manipulating elections, manipulating the press in other countries, funding political parties, candidates, or entire states, controlling science and technology on a global scale, the global pervasiveness of the US media, arming terrorists and insurgents, and providing weapons to client states and proxy armies.
Even major Eastern powers like Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea, or Middle Eastern rogue states like Iran and Syria, are largely subordinated to the USA through their submergence in the wider global capitalist empire in which the US ruling class is the senior party. That these states either have nuclear weapons or are supported by nuclear-armed nations makes them less vulnerable to outright invasion a la Iraq. But they are still subordinated to the global superclass through which the US power elite exercises hegemony.
By Troy Southgate
By Paul Gottfried
The American Conservative
In a perceptive and properly passionate piece on why “woke capitalism is a vanguard of unfreedom,” Rod Dreher notes that American corporations have become radically totalitarian and socially destructive. In pursuit of intersectional politics and anti-white, anti-male indoctrination, corporate executives now impose mind-boggling restrictions on employees, from forbidding them to use gender-specific pronouns to compelling them to attend tirades against “white privilege.”
Totalitarian humanism as the ideology of the rising sectors of the capitalist.
This is a must listen. Pete Quinones interviews Bellamy Fitzpatrick on Ted Kaczynski. From what I gather, the Goofy Gillis/Alexander Rodham Ross sectors of the anarchist milieu about the interest in Kaczynski among other anarchists. Because fascism or something.
Bellamy Fitzpatrick is a writer, podcaster and self-described “green anarchist.”
Bellamy joins Pete to talk about the writings and thought of Ted Kaczynski, the “Unabomber.” Ted is a prolific writer (and killer) whose commentary on society should not be ignored, and is so poignant as to demand a response. Bellamy explains why green anarchists flock to his writings and then discusses with Pete some of the major themes of Ted’s books and papers.
Go, Kanye, go. This is exactly what we need. More and more unhinged lunatics coming out of the woodwork to make the system look as ridiculous as possible.
By Tal Axelrod
Rapper Kanye West is suing the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) to get his name on the presidential ballot in the state this fall.
West’s lawsuit, filed in Brown County, is asking the local court there to rule that his nominating papers were submitted on time and to ensure that he and his running mate, Michelle Tidwell, appear on the ballot in November.