Why Did the Industrial Revolution Happen?

Interesting article on economic history from Gary North. ————————————————————————————————— The economic historian Gregory Clark summarizes a remarkable fact. . . . there is no sign of any improvement in material conditions for settled agrarian societies as we approach 1800. There was no gain between 1800 BC and AD […]

My Dinner with Vilfredo Pareto

Scott Locklin discusses the great sociologist. —————————————————————————————————— Vilfredo Pareto was arguably the greatest economist of the 1800s and possibly the greatest social scientist of all time. He was one of the first to suggest applying the cold hand of mathematics to what was previously a liberal art rather […]

You Say Anarchy Like It’s a Bad Thing

Thomas Knapp challenges the great William S. Lind. ——————————————————————————————————- Writing in The American Conservative, William Lind bemoans the tendency revealed by current upheavals in the Middle East. “[T]he worst possible outcome … is the disintegration of states and their replacement either by statelessness — as we see in […]

The Real Terrorists

Article by David D’Amato. —————————————————————————————————— Reporting on the “death toll for a grisly hostage situation” that began on Tuesday (March 29) in Iraq, the Associated Press counts 57 dead and 98 wounded. “Gunmen wearing explosives belts,” says the AP, seized a government building in the Iraqi province of […]

Democracy: The Problem

Review of Alain de Benoist by Alex Kurtagic. ————————————————————————————————— De Benoist begins by problematising this taken-for-granted term, democracy, and by showing that it is, and has been, used very loosely, cynically, imprecisely, disingenuously, and outright deceptively, to describe just about any system of government, from direct democracies to […]

You Lie, Mr. President

Article by Justin Raimondo. ——————————————————————————————————– Given the routine misery and oppression the governments of the world inflict on their subjects as a matter of course, the opportunity for fresh interventions by the Forces of Goodness & Light is effectively unlimited. In cheerleading Obama’s Libyan adventure, the President’s supporters […]

Libyan War Will Last a Long Time

Stephen Walt interviewed by Scott Horton. Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs at Harvard University and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, discusses the liberal interventionists and neoconservatives uniting in support of war in Libya; how the mission to protect Libyan civilians almost immediately […]

Racial Tests in Dayton

Article by Walter Williams. ————————————————————————————————- One of the requirements to become a Dayton, Ohio police officer is to successfully pass the city’s two-part written examination. Applicants must correctly answer 57 of 86 questions on the first part (66 percent) and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the second […]

In Leviathan's Shadow

Article by Mark Hackard. —————————————————————————————————— It is fitting that the initial phase of the U.S. attack on Libya was overshadowed in the media by college basketball finals, popularly and quite appropriately known as March Madness. Wars, akin to dated sitcom reruns, have no hope for ratings share considering […]

The Ideology of the Ruling Class

Article from Claes Ryn from 2005. Ryn was discussing the Bushies, of course, but the same analysis applies to the present neocon-liberal alliance. —————————————————————————————————— The French Jacobins were followers of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who argued, “man was born free, but he is everywhere in chains.” For men to be […]

Question Time? Indeed, It Is!

Posted at MRDA’s Inferno. —————————————————————————————————— Shame that some folk failed to get the memo… Watching Question Time on Thursday, I hadta roll my eyes at the moralistic endorsements of UN military intervention in Libya; Baroness Warsi‘s She-Ra fantasies of saving the poor Libyans from “the dictator killing his […]

Social science and the Libyan adventure

Article by Stephen Walt. ——————————————————————————————————- But when foreign interveners oust an existing ruler and impose a wholly new government (which is what we are trying to do in Libya), the likelihood of civil war more than triples. Why? According to Downes, because deposing an existing regime and bringing […]

Beware of Humanitarians with Bombs

Article by Kevin Carson. —————————————————————————————————— If the Libyan people want an illustration of what will result from allowing the U.S. government any voice in how their postwar society is reconstructed, they need look no further than the work of Bremer’s CPA in Iraq. A modern prophet Samuel could […]

The Return of the Return of Anarchism

Article by Thomas Knapp. ————————————————————————————————– [A]n ideological philosophy and political movement that had been thought of as a dusty oddity, a relic of the late 19th century, has returned to the fore,” writes Abe Greenwald in Commentary. Worse yet, opines Greenwald, this return is fraught with “enough consequence […]

China Moves To Save Libyan Leader As Russia Warns Of ‘All Out War’

Article from the European Union Times. Will a new Cold War pit B-R-I-C against the Anglo-American-Zionist axis? ——————————————————————————————————- An “urgent” dispatch from Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) chief Mikhail Fradkov to President Medvedev that is circulating in the Kremlin today says that the Chinese warship Xuzhou is preparing […]

The truth behind the battle of Trafalgar Square March 26th 2011

An analysis of the event from a supposed actual participant. —————————————————————————————————- This is a accurate account of what really happened yesterday in Trafalgar Square by eyewitness accounts by myself and other people that were in the protest. You got a untrue account of the protesters by the mainstream […]

Libya, Libertarianism, and the Legacy of Lanny Friedlander

Interesting article on the history of libertarianism/anarcho-capitalism and its evolution since its inception in the 1960s. By Justin Raimondo. ——————————————————————————————————– So we are back art Square One, so to speak. In arriving at this point in history, when both mainstream liberals and the usual neoconservative suspects are united […]

Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the Impracticality of One-World Government and the Failure of Western-Style Democracy

Interview conducted by Anthony Wile. ————————————————————————————————— I’m not sure if conspiracy is still the right word, because in the meantime, thanks to people such as Carroll Quigley, for instance, much is known about what is going on. In any case, it is certainly true that there are such […]

Tomislav Sunic's "Against Democracy and Equality"

An immensely important work. Review by Brett Stevens. I plan to publish an extensive review/critique of this book of my own as part of an essay series I’m currently developing. ——————————————————————————————————– It’s unreasonable to expect book reviewers to be objective. You get hired on to review a book […]

Sex outside marriage should be illegal, says appointee to Alaska Judicial Council

Sam Francis didn’t call the Republicans the “Stupid Party” for nothing. —————————————————————————————————— Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointee for the panel that nominates state judges testified Wednesday that he would like to see Alaskans prosecuted for having sex outside of marriage. The candidate, Don Haase of Valdez, also admitted under […]

Joe Arpaio: Scumbag

The latest lunatic stunt from this publicity hound. —————————————————————————————————— Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out the tanks to take down a man suspected of cockfighting. West Valley residents in the neighborhood are crying foul after armored vehicles, including a tank, rolled into their neighborhood to make the bust. Neighbor […]

The Battle of Trafalgar Square

Article from the Daily Mail. Do any of our English readers care to comment on these events? —————————————————————————————————— 200 arrested as hardcore anarchists fight police long into night in Battle of Trafalgar Square after 500,000 march against the cut * Extremists hijack anti-government cuts demonstration * 84 people […]

BLACKONOMICS

Interesting website dealing with issues of black economic self-determination. Hat tip to Miles Joyner. ————————————————————————————————— There are reports that in some sections the Black man has difficulty in voting and having counted the little white ballot he has the privilege of depositing twice a year. But there is […]

The "Coalition" Has No Clothes

Article by Justin Elliot. Hat tip to Miles Joyner. ————————————————————————————————— An emphatic part of the White House messaging about the bombing in Libya is that the operation is truly international in character. But it’s quickly becoming clear that the bombing campaign — at least so far — is […]

Is the Fed Freaking Out?

Article by Richard Spencer. —————————————————————————————————- The last time the Fed went nuts with monetary expansion, it did it in the wake of the Lehman collapse, on behalf, and likely at the behest, of the failing financial sector. The mood at the time was, “Consequences be damned, we’ve got […]

Human Life: Another Dispersed Cost

Article by David D’Amato. ————————————————————————————————- In what has become a sustained echo through the span of the war, BBC News reports that “Western forces have accidentally killed seven civilians in an air attack in” Afghanistan. Among those killed in the attack, which was ordered by NATO on March […]

Whites will be a minority in the U.S. by 2050 as black and Hispanic birth rates soar

From the Daily Mail. Whether one’s feelings about this projected demographic future are positive, negative, or indifferent, the question for our readers is this: What are the implications of this projected radical demographic change for our own movement? What does this mean for ideologies like anarcho-pluralism, pan-secessionism, national-anarchism, […]

“Meritocracy” in the Middle East

Article by David D’Amato. ———————————————————————————————– CNBC reported recently of powerful Bahraini banker Khalid Abdulla-Janahi’s call for a “culture of meritocracy,” an appeal accompanied by the assertion that “[c]apital needs stability,” to be provided of course by the state. He added that meritocracy was consistent with the people’s desire […]

US Prisons, The New Jim Crow

Lecture by Michelle Alexander. Watch the video. A former liberal discusses her awakening. Some of her analysis comes dangerously close to the ARV/ATS position that the lumpenproletariat is the foundation of class struggle in a 21st century postindustrial society. Her analysis could also be expanded considerably from her […]