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The National-Anarchist Concept of Tribe

Why Be a National-Anarchist

Summer of ’69

Those of you who have “third way’ Anarchist blogs of your own (or are considering such) may wish to re-post some of these. I tried to keep things simple for newcomers. I posted the Mailer article because Mailer’s ideas have always seemed to me to be an excellent model for what the practical application of Anarchist, Libertarian, National-Anarchist, DeBenoistist, etc. ideas might be in a modern society.

We Need Volunteers, Damn It!! 10

Over the past month or so, I’ve probably had at least half a dozen conversations with different colleagues and comrades regarding the need to get this pan-secessionist, national-anarchist, tribal-anarchist, anarcho-pluralist, alternative right, conservative revolutionary, whatever we are movement off of the internet and into the realm of real-world action. Some of our colleagues (most notably, the Bay Area National Anarchists) are already doing this. So what are the rest of us waiting for?

I’ve come full circle on this. For some years (roughly 1986-1992) I was heavily involved in activism of all different kinds. If it was part of the radical Left during those years, I was part of it. After developing the desire to move past some of the deficiencies I found on the Left, I became inactive for a good number of years and devoted myself instead to private study, radical journalism, and what might be called “behind the scenes” efforts. I recall a conversation with a close comrade circa 2003 where I said that I wasn’t interested in any activism at that point, on the grounds that before we could have a fresh and dynamic radical movement, we first needed to have a solid intellectual foundation for such a movement. After observing subsequent events in radical circles for a few years after that, I wrote in 2006:

In the realm of strategy, I have to confess to being a fairly orthodox Bakuninist. This perspective emphasizes the necessity of a militant vanguard and conspiratorial secret societies composed of radical intellectuals and activists acting as a leadership corps of a larger populist movement of which the lumpenproletariat and the rural population are the class vanguard. This is the strategy that was utilized by history’s most successful anarchist movement, that of the Spanish anarchists. Indeed, it was Bakunin’s emissary Fanelli who first planted the seeds of what was to become classical Spanish anarchism. As I will attempt to demonstrate, this approach might be quite feasible for modern North America as well. At present, the primary intellectual framework of a new American radicalism is pretty well complete…

The next step is the assembling of the “principled militants” whom Bakunin recognized as the intellectual and activist vanguard of the insurgency. This is not to be confused with the Marxist-Leninist concept of the “vanguard” whose only purpose is the achievement of military dictatorship for the sake of managing a centrally planned economy. We are now in need of an organizational framework that can play the same role as that of the FAI in the development of Spanish anarchism. Translated into modern American terms, such an organization would be a combination think-tank and activist and propaganda front, sort of an anarchist alternative to ruling class entities of a similar nature…

Four years later, such “militant vanguard” groups have slowly started to emerge. With increasing frequency, websites, blogs, editorials, and new articles have started to appear that present the alternative anarchist tendencies, the alternative right, secession, and other related outlooks in a positive light. Consequently, our enemies have begun to take notice as well. Last night, it was suggested to me by a leading figure in the new radical milieu that there could and should be at least 30 alternative anarchist “tribes” active in North America. Unfortunately, there are only about five at present and plans for a few more in the works. Another comrade recently suggested to me that a present we have all the theoretical work floating around that we need at present, but what we are lacking are serious volunteers who can turn theory and action into strategy.

In recent times, as I’ve been working on networking projects for the North American secessionist movement, it has occurred to me that it will be the local groups who from the foundation of any future pan-secessionist effort. That has always been my position, but the difficulties I’ve encountered involving regional secessionist efforts have driven the point home further that localism is really where it’s at. With regards to secession, Norman Mailer rather than Jefferson Davis should be our role model. Some years ago I came up with an idea called the “100 Cities Project.” The idea was to find a hundred volunteers in a hundred different cities in the U.S. to run symbolic campaigns for mayor of their respective cities on Mailer’s model, and to do so simultaneously during the same election season so as to generate a blitz of media coverage regarding issues of decentralization and secession. But before such an effort could work, there would have to be strong local organizations capable of supporting such efforts with resources, time, and manpower.

So let’s get busy building functional and active local organization, collectives, “tribes” whatever we want to call them. Recently new groups have emerged in Dayton and Ontario. I’m told plans for a queer-oriented national-anarchist group are in the works. We can build local organizations around whatever themes or cultural identities the participant wish: race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, class, ecology, philosophical beliefs, economic preferences, etc. There can be different groups for Eurocentrists, pagans, Christians, Muslims, queers, blacks, native peoples’, women, primitivists, anarcho-capitalists, syndicalists, Evolans, Nietzscheans, and so forth. But whatever our individual or collective preferences, let’s just get something going. With these considerations in mind, I am announcing the launching of a new project for my own local area, Richmond Attack the System (RATS).

Vote for Truth in Politics: Elect Linda McMahon Reply

I’ve often said the pro-wrestling industry is the best analogy for the American political system. It may no longer be an analogy. Thomas Knapp seems to agree.

She’s never held political office before (and she still faces a primary fight in August), but if she’s elected this November McMahon’s 30-year career in professional wrestling will make her a strong contender for the “Most Experienced Politician in American History” belt before she ever even sets foot on the Senate floor.

Professional wrestling, as exemplified by WWE, is the purest imaginable distillation of the political ethos as art, specifically theater. Its executives have created a fantasy world in which they and the other actors fight an ongoing series of epic battles — extended wars, even — over imaginary issues.

Questions for Pro-Immigrationists 4

These are some questions that left-wing proponents of mass immigration have never been able to answer satisfactorily (at least not to my satisfaction):

1. What will be the fate of such matters as womens’ rights, gay rights, church/state separation, free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of scientific inquiry, and exemption from excessively harsh punishment when Islamic fundamentalist parties become competitive in European elections?

2. Will not the allowance of mass Islamic immigration into the West eventually result in the overthrow of present day Enlightenment civilization in the same way that Christianity overthrew classical pagan civilization?

3. Will not mass immigration from Latin America into the U.S. not result in a replay of the Mexican War in the U.S. Southwest?

4. Will not the demographic threat posed by mass immigration result in the traditional ethnic and national groups of Europe and the Anglo nations going the same way as the American Indians?

5. If whites become a minority in the future America, will they not suffer the same fate as whites in present day Mugabe-ruled Zimbabwe? Are not whites legitimate in seeking to avoid such a fate for their posterity?

I’m still waiting for the answers.

Updated News Digest May 21-23, 2010 1

“Marcuse Is Dead…And We Have Killed Him.” -Quagmire, ATS Reader

“What we fight is is _State_ socialism, levelling from above, bureaucracy; what we advocate is free association and union, the absence of authority, mind freed from all fetters, independence and well-being of all. Before all others it is we who preach _tolerance_ for all – whether we think their opinions right or wrong – we do not wish to crush them by force or otherwise… If our ideas are wrong, let those who know better teach us better.”

Gustav Landauer, Social Democracy in Germany, Freedom Press 1896

Spontaneous Order

AlternativeRight.Com Is Now Live!

Community Organizing and National-Anarchism presentation by Andrew Yeoman

Tribal Anarchism Video Series Parts One, Two, Three, Four

United Anarchism Vs United Nationism

Fall of the New World Order

The Tyranny of “Tolerance”

“Isn’t it ironic that the government can criminally charge citizens with ‘conspiracy’ (an agreement or a partnership, not an action), but when a citizen even mentions that there is ample evidence (provided by the government’s own documents) that the government can and does conspire to commit and does commit various felonies, they are mocked, vilified, and labeled as kooks?

When the government came for militia, I remained silent; I was not militia.
When they locked up the religious conservatives, I remained silent; I was an atheist.
When they came for the bloggers, I remained silent; I was not a blogger.
When they came for the Muslims, I remained silent; I was not Muslim. When the came for me, there was no one left to speak out.”

Eli Cryderman

“There’s no difference between cops and outlaws.” Kim Fowley

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Fear of a Free Planet by Anna Morgenstern

NEW!!-The Armed Struggle Escalates

A Slow Burn Bonfire of the Liberties by Mark Steyn

PIGS Murder 7-Yr-Old Girl in Detroit by William Norman Grigg

Obama and Civil Liberties by John Whitehead

The $PLC Publishes Its Latest Hit List

Secessionist Sympathies Continue to Grow by Chuck Baldwin

Boutique Liberals Blowing Smoke by Maury Knutson

Reanimating Reagan by Maury Knutson

Running of the Bullshit by Maury Knutson

Not Another War, Mr. President! by Justin Raimondo

How to Survive Traffic Stops in the New America by Eric Peters

Take the Deal, Mr. President by Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan Under Attack by the Censors

Learning How to Disappear by Frank M. Ahearn

Representative Democracy Sucks! by Jim Fedako

Rand Paul’s Moment, Ron Paul’s Opportunity by Brent Budowsky

Defaults Ahead: America, Europe, China by Gary North

Time to Stop Demonizing the Germans by Ralph Raico

The Coming Sedition Act by Robert Ringer

Can a Christian Kill for His Government? by Laurence Vance

Obama’s Gulf of Tonkin by Justin Raimondo

Imagine How Pakistanis Feel About Drone Strikes by Joanne Mariner

From Safe Republic to Unsafe Empire by Bruce Fein

How Many U.S. Progressives Please the Right-Wing Israel Lobby by Ira Chernus

The End of the World As We Know It? by Stephen Walt

Ex-Cop Tells Pot Smokers How to Outsmart the PIGS by Michael May

PIGS Murder Oklahoma Man from The Aging Rebel

Getting to Know Elena Kagan by Ralph Nader

Noam Chomsky Denied Entry Into Israel by Simon McGregor-Wood

Closet Politics by Alexander Cockburn

Nepal’s First Days of May by Jed Brandt

Is There Hope for a Two-State Solution? by Naseer Aruri

Update on the Hutaree Hullabaloo by Chuck Baldwin

Putting Whitey In His Place by Paul Gottfried

Heroin and the U.S. Empire by Mark Hackard

Woody Allen: Total Idiot by Angel Lorenz

Elena Kagan and the Decline of WASP America by Kevin MacDonald

Generation X Justice by David Michael Green

Viva La Revolucion by Vox Day

Italian PIGS Get Five Years for Attacks on G8 Protestors by John Hooper

Saudi Woman Retaliates Against PIG

No Victim, No Crime by Laurence Vance

Beware a Centralized Europe by Ron Holland

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

-Taki Theodoracopulos

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

-Keith Preston

The Metal by Tenacious D

Tribute by Tenacious D

Master Exploder by Tenacious D

Life is war and conflict, struggle and strife, from conception till death…Never shall the lion lie down peacefully with the lamb…”

Why are those who espouse Univeral Love, Tolerance, and ‘Human Brotherhood,’ usually the most screwed up people you’ve ever met, socially and emotionally? Not to mention some of the nastiest and most self-centered narcissists around?”

-Chris Donnellan

“What You Believe is Not as Important as What You Do.”

-Andrew Yeoman

Audio Broadcasts

Alternative Right Radio

Antiwar Radio

Antiwar Left is Back in Gear Debra Sweet interviewed by Scott Horton

Private Violence is Bad James Bovard interviewed by Scott Horton

Medieval Political Ideas, Part One by Matthew Raphael Johnson

A Speech from Flanders by Tom Sunic

American Police Murder With Impunity Will Grigg interviewed by Scott Horton

Obama’s Iran Treachery Gareth Porter interviewed by Scott Horton

Iraq Still a Total Disaster Area Patrick Cockburn interviewed by Scott Horton

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism

Forty Years in the Wilderness?

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

Don’t Talk to the Police

“The king is most wounded by ridicule.” -Thomas Hobbes

Still Stuck in the 1960s 7

Just saw this post and discussion among my left-libertarian former colleagues, now adversaries. I’m not a Rand Paul fan, and I supported his father mostly because he takes a more or less straight Rothbardian line on foreign policy (i.e. to the left of Chomsky). Rand seems to be more of a professional politician type, and compromises more on the big issues. I’m against running for federal offices anyway, unless it’s done for the purpose of agitating for secession by regions and localities (e.g. the positions of Larry Kilgore, the RPN, or the Quebecois Bloc).

But what I found most interesting was the amount of attention given in the comments section to sit-in protests against segregated lunch counters in the 1960s. As if that’s something anarchists in 21st century America need to be worried about.

Former Federal PIG Predicts National-Anarchist Revolution in America Reply

Read all about it.

In decades, not centuries, we will split apart like the Soviet Union into a loose confederation of autonomous states. People will refer to us like they do that area of the Balkans now known as The Former Yugoslavia, or similarly to the way Russia and its old republics are now known, as the old Soviet Union.

If the goal of this nation is reflected in our motto of E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one; then truly this 200-plus year experiment in representative democracy and melding ethnicities has failed, and failed spectacularly.

Here are some similar sentiments from Michael O’Meara of The Occidental Quarterly and from Christian Reconstructionist Gary North. Read this stuff and then go back and watch the old videos of Jerry Rubin from my last post. Isn’t it interesting that the radical right is now saying a lot of the same stuff as the radical left from the 60s?

Remembering the Great Jerry Rubin Reply

This guy was a hero of mine during my youth. Watching this stuff again 25 years later, I can’t say there’s much that I don’t still agree with.

Rubin battles good liberal Phil Donahue: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four

Down with Schools! Part One, Part Two

On the Joe Pyne Show before he adopted his “crazed hippie” persona. Pyne was the Bill O’Reilly of that time. Btw, Pyne interviews George Lincoln Rockwell here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three

Rubin later became a yuppie businessman in New York. These are some interviews from that time. Btw, I met Rubin at a debate in 1987:

Yippie to Yuppie, On the Sixties

So Much for Liberal "Diversity" 1

Pat Buchanan nails it.

If Kagan is confirmed, the Court will consist of three Jews and six Catholics (who represent not quite a fourth of the country), but not a single Protestant, though Protestants remain half the nation and our founding faith.

If Kagan is confirmed, three of the four justices nominated by Democratic presidents will be from New York City: Kagan from the Upper West Side, Sotomayor from the Bronx, Ruth Bader Ginsburg from Brooklyn. Breyer is from San Francisco.

What kind of diversity is this—either in geography or life experience?

While Sotomayor went to Yale Law School, the other three liberals went to Harvard, though Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated from Columbia. Seems a fairly narrow range for a party that once claimed to be America’s party.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg tied for first in her class at Columbia, but neither Obama nominee is academically distinguished. Sotomayor called herself an “affirmative action baby” who, at Princeton, was urged to read children’s books in the summer to improve her reading and writing skills. Kagan never served as a judge, never litigated a case before being named solicitor general, never wrote a book or anything else anyone has turned up that manifests real legal scholarship.

From her Princeton thesis on the sad demise of 20th-century socialism, to her tears at the defeat of the radical liberal Senate candidate Elizabeth Holtzman in 1980, to her hostility to the U.S. military on the Harvard campus while dean of the law school, Kagan has revealed herself to be one more Ivy League leftist anxious to use a lifetime seat on the court, winning the plaudits of her peers by imposing her ideology on a nation that has never voted for it.

Updated News Digest May 14-16, 2010 Reply

“Marcuse Is Dead…And We Have Killed Him.” -Quagmire, ATS Reader

Spontaneous Order

AlternativeRight.Com Is Now Live!

Community Organizing and National-Anarchism presentation by Andrew Yeoman

Tribal Anarchism Video Series Parts One, Two, Three, Four

United Anarchism Vs United Nationism

Fall of the New World Order

The Tyranny of “Tolerance”

“Isn’t it ironic that the government can criminally charge citizens with ‘conspiracy’ (an agreement or a partnership, not an action), but when a citizen even mentions that there is ample evidence (provided by the government’s own documents) that the government can and does conspire to commit and does commit various felonies, they are mocked, vilified, and labeled as kooks?

When the government came for militia, I remained silent; I was not militia.
When they locked up the religious conservatives, I remained silent; I was an atheist.
When they came for the bloggers, I remained silent; I was not a blogger.
When they came for the Muslims, I remained silent; I was not Muslim. When the came for me, there was no one left to speak out.”

Eli Cryderman

“There’s no difference between cops and outlaws.” Kim Fowley

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Wars Do Not Increase Our Freedom by Tom Mullen

The Erosion of Civil Liberties: This President is the Worst Yet by Glenn Greenwald

The Downward Slope of Empire Chalmers Johnson interviewed by Harvey Kreisler

Creating Times Square Terror by Stephen Walt

Is the War Coming Home? by Pat Buchanan

Ending the Neoconservative Nightmare by Daniel Levy

Sympathy for the Devil, BP by Kevin Carson

Anarchism and the Labor Movement by Anna Morgenstern

The Degeneration of America Into a Caste System by Kevin Carson

George Donnelly, Political Prisoner by Thomas Knapp

Strategic Murder by Darian Worden

Idiocracy Rising by William Norman Grigg

When the Personal is not Political by Maury2K

Tea Party Blows Its Cool by Maury2K

White Devil Theory of History by Maury2K

First Greece, Then the U.S. by Gary Barnett

The Death of the Euro by Jim Rogers

A “Duty to Die”? by Thomas Sowell

Elena Kagan, Gun Grabber by David Kopel

Stop Crazed PIG Raids by Paul Armentano

Bill Buckley: The Making of a Warmonger by David Gordon

The Great H.L. Mencken

PIGS on the Attack in Burbank by Tricia Shore

No, the System Did Not Work! by Bill Anderson

Iraq: The Endless Occupation by Justin Raimondo

Obama’s Drug War Strategy: Still a Long Way to Go by Ethan Nadelmann

NYC PIGS Forced to Apologize to Rape Victim by Graham Rayman

New Gay Sex Scandal on the Christian Right by David Rosen

Are Liberals Anti-WASP? by Pat Buchanan

Putting Whitey in His Place by Paul Gottfried

“Movement Conservative” Dinosaurs Still Stuck in the 80s by Dan Phillips

Pro-Immigration Activists Are Their Own Worst Enemy by Filmer

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

-Taki Theodoracopulos

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

-Keith Preston

See You in Hell by Grim Reaper

Wasted Years by Iron Maiden

Life is war and conflict, struggle and strife, from conception till death…Never shall the lion lie down peacefully with the lamb…”

Why are those who espouse Univeral Love, Tolerance, and ‘Human Brotherhood,’ usually the most screwed up people you’ve ever met, socially and emotionally? Not to mention some of the nastiest and most self-centered narcissists around?”

-Chris Donnellan

“What You Believe is Not as Important as What You Do.”

-Andrew Yeoman

Audio Broadcasts

Alternative Right Radio

Antiwar Radio

October Surprise 1980 Robert Parry interviewed by Scott Horton

In Defense of Militias Jesse Walker interviewed by Scott Horton

The Neocons Are Losing Their Grip Jack Hunter interviewed by Scott Horton

The Paper Money Behind the Empire Ron Paul interviewed by Scott Horton

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism

Forty Years in the Wilderness?

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

Don’t Talk to the Police

“The king is most wounded by ridicule.” -Thomas Hobbes

C4SS: Find Your Political Philosophy 6

The Center for a Stateless Society has a new version of one of those “find your political philosophy” quizzes up. This is actually much better than most others I’ve encountered. There are more questions and the questions are more nuanced and varied in content. Here are my results:

67% Economic Leftist (Economic Leftist / Economic Rightist)
81% Anarchist (Anarchist / Statist)
100% Anti-Militarist (Anti-Militarist / Militarist)
74% Socio-Cultural Liberal (Socio-Cultural Liberal / Socio-Cultural Conservative)
77% Civil Libertarian (Civil Libertarian / Civil Authoritarian)

The True Colors of the Academic Left 6

Is the purpose of education to inform and to promote critical thinking? Not according to the late leftist-postmodernist philosopher Richard Rorty:

“It seems to me that the regulative idea that we heirs of the Enlightenment, we Socratists, most frequently use to criticize the conduct of various conversational partners is that of ‘needing education in order to outgrow their primitive fear, hatreds, and superstitions’ … It is a concept which I, like most Americans who teach humanities or social science in colleges and universities, invoke when we try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own … The fundamentalist parents of our fundamentalist students think that the entire ‘American liberal establishment’ is engaged in a conspiracy. The parents have a point. Their point is that we liberal teachers no more feel in a symmetrical communication situation when we talk with bigots than do kindergarten teachers talking with their students … When we American college teachers encounter religious fundamentalists, we do not consider the possibility of reformulating our own practices of justification so as to give more weight to the authority of the Christian scriptures. Instead, we do our best to convince these students of the benefits of secularization. We assign first-person accounts of growing up homosexual to our homophobic students for the same reasons that German schoolteachers in the postwar period assigned The Diary of Anne Frank… You have to be educated in order to be … a participant in our conversation … So we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable. We are not so inclusivist as to tolerate intolerance such as yours … I don’t see anything herrschaftsfreiHerrschaft [domination] of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents … I am just as provincial and contextualist as the Nazi teachers who made their students read Der Stürmer; the only difference is that I serve a better cause.

"Kagan is the Last Person We Need on the Court." Reply

Yikes! Raimondo confirms my suspicions.

The “progressives” have spent a lot of time and energy, recently, trying to “expose” the “dark underside” of the Tea Party movement, and the liberal media has conducted a determined albeit unconvincing propaganda campaign against “right-wing extremism,” which is supposed to represent the main threat to our well-being at the moment. Yet I would argue that none of these movements – being out of power, and largely not the bigoted potentially violent knuckle-draggers their opponents characterize them as – are a tenth as dangerous as the we-know-what’s-good-for-you “progressives” of Obama’s Nanny State.

Married to the concept of an endless “war on terrorism,” progressives of Kagan’s sort represent an imminent menace: an authoritarian tendency that could usher in an era of internal repression such as only writers of dystopian science fiction have previously imagined.

Instead of abolishing the Bush era expansions of unlimited government power, they are building on them – and upping the ante. With their boundless faith in government power as an essentially beneficent force in the world, and their pathetic eagerness to prove their “national security” bona fides, this administration is potentially far more of a threat to our civil liberties than the Bush people ever were – and the Kagan nomination is yet more evidence this malign potential is being fully realized.

The final nail in the coffin of the Kagan nomination, as far as I’m concerned, is her close association, for a number of years, with the firm of Goldman Sachs, serving on its legal “advisory board.” This board is being portrayed, by Kagan’s defenders, as a chiefly ceremonial body, which held a few conferences and did nothing much else. This is given as a reason to downplay the Goldman Sachs connection, but it doesn’t ameliorate the moral meaning of her role in putting a legalistic face on the naked avarice and influence-buying engaged in by those crooks.

The Cultural Marxist Long March Continues 3

I’ve been trying to find out more info about Obama’s latest nominee to the US Supreme Court. Here’s her Wikipedia entry and some relevant commentary from David Yeagley. Assuming that the info in the Wikipedia article is accurate, this is what I find most interesting about Elena Kagan:

During her deanship, Kagan supported a long-standing policy barring military recruiters from campus, because she felt that the military’s Don’t ask, don’t tell policy discriminated against gays and lesbians. According to Campus Progress,

As dean, Kagan supported a lawsuit intended to overturn the Solomon Amendment so military recruiters might be banned from the grounds of schools like Harvard. When a federal appeals court ruled the Pentagon could not withhold funds, she banned the military from Harvard’s campus once again. The case was challenged in the Supreme Court, which ruled the military could indeed require schools to allow recruiters if they wanted to receive federal money. Kagan, though she allowed the military back, simultaneously urged students to demonstrate against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

In October 2003, Kagan transmitted an e-mail to students and faculty deploring that military recruiters had shown up on campus in violation of the school’s anti-discrimination policy. It read, “This action causes me deep distress. I abhor the military’s discriminatory recruitment policy.” She also wrote that it was “a profound wrong — a moral injustice of the first order.”

I’m all for barring military recruitment on college campuses. During my days as a student leftist in the 1980s, I was involved in the movement to oppose CIA recruitment on campuses. The reason for this was that the various destabilization and counterinsurgency campaigns in which the CIA played a principal role has resulted in the deaths of millions of people. The reasons to oppose military recruitment on campuses might include, say, the million or so people killed in the present Iraq war, or the invasion of Iraq under false pretenses.

Beyond that, a lot of military recruiting is also done under false pretenses. Some years ago, I was managing a restaurant that had an Army and Marine recruiting office next door. Many of the workers I supervised were high school and college aged, and every day the recruiters would aggressively pursue them as they ventured into the parking lot on their way to work. They would use the wildest lies imaginable as a recruiting tool, like telling one kid that military service would help him advance his preferred career as a rapper (I kid you not. They really said that.)

But apparently Ms. Kagan isn’t particularly worried about any of this compared with the great atrocity of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In other words, it’s no big deal to recruit unsuspecting youth under false pretense to go engage in aggressive war under even greater false pretenses, and to kill millions of people in the process. But it’s an awful thing to refuse to allow out-of-the-closet homos to join in the fun. Some more examples of Ms. Kagan’s legal wisdom:

First Amendment Center and the Cato Institute later expressed concern over arguments Kagan advanced as a part of her role as solicitor general. For example, during her time as Solicitor General, Kagan prepared a brief defending a law later ruled unconstitutional that would have criminalized depictions of animal cruelty

At her confirmation hearing, Kagan also drew criticism for arguing that battlefield law, including indefinite detention without a trial, could apply outside of traditional battlefields.

This is consistent with what I have been saying for some time about the present direction of American society. The cultural hard left is in the process of becoming a new ruling class, and this is a process that has been building up gradually since the 1970s. This rising cultural hard left has in the process of its ascension abandoned the anti-establishment ideas of 60s radicalism, and instead made its peace with the forces of State, Capital, and Empire in return for ruling class support for the advancement of the hard left’s social agenda. This cultural hard left that is in the process of seizing power through its alliance with the plutocracy and banking cartels has no qualms about using the police/military state it has inherited from past regimes (like those of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, may they both rot in hell forever) to eliminate its political opponents. Hence, conventional civil liberties like free speech and the rights of the accused to a fair trial can be compromised or eliminated entirely, yet there must never be a hint of “discrimination” against groups favored by the Left. What this will eventually produce, of course, is a totalitarian state organized as a caste system where individual rights are based merely on group identity, and group rights are based on claims of having been oppressed according to PC ideology.

The Tea Party Jacobins Reply

This piece from the New York Review of Books is a relatively decent discussion of the growing anti-state movement, albeit from the disparaging perspective of an Establishment liberal. The main criticism I have of this is that it gives the Tea Party types too much credit for being more radical than they actually are.

What I Believe 2

This is a statement of my positions that I just posted during the course of a discussion on a Facebook friend’s page.

If I had to summarize my outlook in a few points, I’d say my current positions are a synthesis of these:

-Chomsky’s critique of US foreign policy fused with the neo-isolationism of Buchanan/Ron Paul/Lew Rockwell, etc.

-Thomas Szasz’s critique of the therapeutic state fused by Bill Lind’s and Paul Gottfried’s critique of Cultural Marxism

-Hans Herman Hoppe’s critique of welfare-statist mass democracy

-Kevin Carson’s critique of the relationship between the state and capitalism

-Richard Lawrence Miller’s critique of the domestic American police state

-The European New Right critique of mass immigration and multiculturalism

-Martin Van Creveld’s theories on fourth generation warfare and the decline of the state

-The traditional anarchist critique of the state as a criminal gang writ large; one of the best introductory essays I know of that provides a good overview of the anarchist position is Kirkpatrick Sale’s “The ‘Necessity’ of the State”

-Nietzsche’s critique of the impact of nihilism on Western civilization

-Carl Schmitt’s critique of the contradictions of liberalism

-The elites theorists ideas on the impossibility of egalitarianism

There are plenty of sidestreams to all of this, of course, but this is the gist of it. Most of my other writings or ideas have to do with strategic considerations, and the practical implications of the above.