Without Adjectives 1

by Anna Morgenstern at Center for a Stateless Society

If you have an interest in a stateless society, you need to understand what the state is.  Otherwise you could end up chasing shadows, and many self-proclaimed anarchists often do so, unfortunately.  When you look around you, you can see examples of its handiwork everywhere.  Every police car you see, the various “permits” and “licenses” when you go into a business establishment (once you start to look for them, you’ll see them all the time without even trying to…), and then the more subtle things.   Now, you’ll notice I didn’t mention roads, or schools or traffic lights.  These are all things that would exist with or without the state.  The particular form they tend to take in our world however, this is the work of the state, as are the particular forms that all of our institutions and business establishments do.  (remember the “permits” above?)

But all of that is the trail the state leaves behind.  So what is the state?  Many people think that it is an organization sometimes called “the government”.  That’s one piece of the puzzle, but it’s not the complete answer.  The governments of the world act as a sort of administrative organization and enforcement agency for the state, they are necessary for its continued existence.  But there’s more to it than that.  In totalitarian countries, “government” and “state” seem very much to be the same, because the government controls everything so directly.  In more liberal/libertarian countries, the differences start to emerge.  One perspective I’ve found that sheds a lot of light on the state is to examine the Mafia.  Is a “legitimate business” owned by the Mafia, really not part of the Mafia?  Even if it’s not a money laundering front and is operated for a profit, it’s still basically part of the Mafia.

Now the government and the Mafia while they have similarities, have some glaring differences too.  One big one that doesn’t get looked at is that government officials never directly get actual profits from their activities.  In fact, most of their most prominent activities are non-profit, or run constant losses even if they do take payment.  They get a salary, which is paid out of stolen money, but that salary is relatively fixed and not dependent on performance (for which I am sure they are quite grateful).  So you have to broaden your gaze and see that these officials rotate into and out of “private sector” employment, and then it starts to make more sense.  The businesses favored by the state are the ones that hire ex-government employees and vice versa.  The fact that government officials are allowed to own stock (though that’s regulated to some extent) in private companies is another clue.

So why the pretense?  Why go through this ruse of “public” and “private”?  Well that’s it.  That’s the state.  The state IS the ruse.  The state… is a social fiction.  It is the myth of legitimacy.  This myth is the thin black line that separates “the government” and its “private sector” attachments from any other Mafia.  The fact that people believe that “the government” is legitimately allowed to kill and steal, and that when it does so, it represents something good and just, is what has allowed it to dominate the earth.  And despite the secondary myth that the government exists to fight crime, it is the very existence of the government that allows the lesser Mafias to thrive.

In the past this myth of legitimacy was carried out through religion.  As various religions were the “private sector” beneficiaries of government, they would preach that the state was the secular arm of their organization, devoted to enforcing “the lord’s will” on Earth.

While bunk in and of itself, at least they admitted the connection.

Nowadays, a new religion, that of “democracy”, legitimizes the state by claiming that it is “the people’s will” that they are charged with enforcing.  (Even when the people seem to be quite against what the government is doing, ala the recent bank bailouts)  Other flatulent high sounding ideas like “social order” , “tradition” and “public goods” are also used to weave this magic spell in people’s heads.

So now that we know what the state is, we know what Anarchism is.  Anarchism, truly, is simply the understanding that the state is merely a social fiction and has no legitimacy.  When you live that truth, you will not follow the law simply because it is the law.  You will let your conscience be your guide.  At that point you are no longer being ruled, though you might have crimes committed against you by the “government” and its lackeys.  When the Mafia forces someone to pay protection money, that guy isn’t being ruled, he’s being robbed.

So what then is liberty?  Liberty is the absence of crime.  Real crime, crime that has a victim.  Crimes that all persons’ conscience would acknowledge as such.  A libertarian then, is someone who wishes to abolish (or more realistically) minimize crime.

Not all anarchists are libertarians (some Stirnerites come to mind), but most are, at least to some extent.  But all anarchists understand that no one has any special authority to commit crimes that no one else has.

All political theories involve some level of crime.  Someone is getting victimized for someone else’s benefit.  The “liberals” (as we know them today) tend to favor a very mild, safe plutocratic regime — one that seeks to round off all of lifes sharp corners for the sake of making us all viable economic resources to exploit.  The “conservatives” have a more dog-eat-dog approach in which the workers are set up to fight over ever more scarce resources; a Darwinian approach to maximizing our productivity. Ultimately, these are just differing livestock management techniques.

Ahhh but you say, this is an age of ascendant corporatism and collectivism.  What about the political theories of the past?  Classical liberalism was a sort of minarchist libertarianism.  We must have this much organized crime (committed by the ruling classes), simply in order to fight sporadic, disorganized crime (usually committed by the lower classes).  The problem is that leaves all sorts of “wiggle room” which leads to the liberalism we have now.

Classical conservatism / Paleo-conservatism is a sort of patchwork of ideas that claims that “this social order is good”, and whatever crimes we have to commit to keep that order are thus justified.  It’s almost hearkening back to the ancient regime of religious statism, and indeed does attract a lot of religious types.

Both of these ideologies are a lot less totalitarian than modern corporate democracy, but that’s simply to be expected.  They realized at some point that totalitarian control is counter productive… the host that does not thrive leaves little for the parasite.  And so they developed political strategies that would allow the host to thrive, while still providing a decent feast for the parasite.

Nowadays we are seeing an attempt to use spurious financial-economics to min/max the amount of crime vs. the health and wealth of the population that crime feeds off.  The predators have charts and graphs you see, and they are giving lectures on “how to get the most from your prey”.  They also don’t think as long term as they used to, because they have thrown off sentimentality toward their children.  (and could you blame them for that?)

Anarchism has, itself, broken up into many sub-divisions and factions.  But in reality, all these factions are, are differing beliefs about what a stateless society will “look like”.  All anarchists, that is to say, all people who understand that no one is authorized to commit crimes, have one goal if they wish to see their desired future(s) come to pass, which is to destroy the myth of legitimacy.  This is the one way that one can smash the state.  Now there are several strategies and methods that might be used to do so, but everything that does not attack the myth of legitimacy directly or indirectly is extra-anarchist.  It is perhaps a strengthening of a social order that was hollowed out by the state, or a diversion of resources feeding the state, but no matter.  Where we disagree as anarchists is less important than where we agree.

A lot of “left” anarchists will claim, for instance, that anarcho-capitalists are not actually anarchists.  This, to me, seems like confusion about what capitalism means to anarcho-capitalists.  By the light of what leftist anarchists mean by “capitalism”, anarcho-capitalists are not non-anarchists, they are non-capitalists.  And the reverse holds true too.  An anarcho-socialist is not the sort of socialist that an anarcho-capitalist thinks of as “socialist”.  But all anarchists believe that the state is nonsense and has no right to assert some sort of magical authority to do things that you or I cannot.

There are pseudo-anarchists, yes, but they are the sort that end up cheering for this magical super-Mafia when their own pet issues come to town.

Having listened to the actual concepts (not just imaginations of their ideas) of anarchists of all stripes, I have come to the conclusion, as did Voltarine DeCleyre, one of my heroes, that I am an anarchist without adjectives.  Let us dispense with the fiction of the state, and then let everyone try what they can, and we will see how it all works out.

Will the End of the Empire Be Slow and Gradual? Reply

Robert Higgs thinks so, and considers this to be a good thing. He explains why here. Higgs’ analysis is fairly similar to that of Martin Van Creveld. According to these thinkers, maintenance of the Empire will eventually prove cost prohibitive and the Empire will begin to recede. Perhaps the U.S. will eventually begin to look more like the European Union, militarily weak externally but increasingly totalitarian and ideologically-driven internally.

The major point of contention I have with Higgs’ analysis is the allusion to the Tea Partiers as representing the “threat of fascism.” Chomsky has made similar statements in recent times. All political, cultural, demographic, and generational trends indicate that left-liberalism is on the rise and “right-wing conservatism” is on the decline. We see even the younger generation of the religious right adopting the liberal line on issues like global warming and immigrants’ rights. The hysteria that some people push today concerning the “fascist threat” posed by talk radio, militias, Tea Parties, etc. is totally out of whack. Characters like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, etc. are more comparable to the politicized televangelist phenomenon of the 80s. Liberal interest groups raised dire threats about the threat of fascism represented by those as well. But where are they now? They’ve either died out, had their credibility eliminated through repeat scandals, or become increasingly marginalized or irrelevant. The current wave of talk radio loudmouths are a more secularized version of the same phenomenon, and they’ve already experienced a somewhat similar fate, e.g. Limbaugh’s drug addiction, William Bennett’s gambling addiction, etc. At best, the Tea Party/talk radio milieu is comparable to the enduring but marginal, disreputable, and largely unpopular right-wing nationalist movements in Europe, e.g. the BNP, the National Front, etc. If anything, the latter have more credibility than the former.

All the more reason why any serious or comprehensive analysis of the System desperately needs to include the critique of Cultural Marxism and the therapeutic state advanced by Gottfried, Szasz, etc.

Updated News Digest July 4, 2010 Reply

American Revolutionary Vanguard: Denounced by Leftists as Fascists, by Fascists as Communists,

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

“What we fight is is _State_ socialism, leveling 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

“And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

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Robert Byrd, Democrats, and the KKK by Jim Goad

“Progressive” Is the New “Reactionary” by Thomas Knapp

Managerial Liberalism’s Hostility to Decentralized Organization by Kevin Carson

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Gun Control Laws by Thomas Sowell

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To Resist the State on Behalf of Others by Roger Roots

Americans Have Reached the Breaking Point by Mark Crovelli

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Cannibal Statistics by Chilton Williamson

Qaddafi Is Right! by Eugene Girin

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The Not-So-Secret Agents by Alexander Cockburn

The Tyranny of the Merchant Class by Ralph Nader

The Israel Lobby in San Francisco by Binoy Kampmark

The Rape of Appalachia by Russell Mokhiber

Why Afghanistan’s Poppies Aren’t the Problem? by Julien Mercile

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Endless Occupation? by Sheldon Richman

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“A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts.

–James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), author and historian.
Source: Short Studies on Great Subjects

“Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without police protection is both. It is as cowardly to betray an offender to justice, even though his offences be against yourself, as it is not to avenge an injury by violence. It is dastardly and contemptible in a wounded man to betray the name of his assailant, because if he recovers, he must naturally expect to take vengeance himself.”
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Justice Tiny Tim? Reply

Gottfried nails it once again in this discussion of Kagan from AltRight.

An overweight Jewish lesbian, whose career seems to have been put on fast track by her political supporters both inside and outside the media and someone who if she held diametrically opposed views, would not even be considered for a grounds crew post at Harvard, she is the quintessential symbol of Obama’s America. Her praise for her mentor Thurgood Marshall, whose “glory” it was to have acknowledged “special rights for the disadvantaged and despised,” does not in any way represent Christian or bourgeois morality. It is a ridiculous parody of what Nietzsche described as the behavior of the “Last Man,” the type of decadent who combines slave morality with philistine tastelessness. Kagan not only looks the part of this Last Man. She is the real article, no less than her fellow-law professors in the Ivy League and their imitators in the Bush League, who spend their time and energy instructing judges and state administrators on the practices and intricacies of victimology.

Also, check out Gottfried’s discussion in the Comments section of the relationship between Cultural Marxism and the so-called “Jewish Question.”

As for the chicken and egg conundrum and the Jewish question, I think there is no necessary relation between Jewish economic and social success and Jewish support for cultural Marxism. Jews are cultural Marxists because they fear an intact Christian bourgeois society, which they see as an historic enemy. They therefore try to neutralize the perceived or imaginary enemy in order to survive as a supposedly endangered minority. Jewish support for the cultural Left and its allies in government does no more to advance Jewish interests than Hitler’s decision to persecute Jews. It is an entirely irrational as well as destructive response to a fictitious friend/enemy distinction, albeit one that Jewish organizations like the ADA and Canadian Jewish Congress frenetically endorse.

It does not suggest a Jewish conspiracy but the superior skill of Jews in comparison to other predominantly leftist groups, like Irish Catholics, blacks and Hispanics, in organizing cultural Marxist politics. Since white Protestants are deteriorating into Lindsay Graham Republicans or worse, there is no effective opposition any longer to the transformative mission of the media and managerial state. Among those pushing us into anarcho-tyranny or cultural Marxist madness, Jews are simply better than their allies, like Patrick Leahy, Joe Biden, John Keary and the members of the Black Caucus.

18% believe states have the right to secede Reply

Thanks to our Las Vegas friends for digging this Rasmussen study up. These numbers are basically the same as those revealed by the Zogby poll two years ago. Apparently, the numbers have remained the same even with a change in the ruling party. I’d be curious how the Rasmussen numbers break down on demographic lines. The Zogby poll showed secessionist support had something of a leftward slant, with liberals, youth, the less educated, low income, and minorities being somewhat more sympathetic. I wonder if the demographics have shifted rightward during the Age of Obama, even if the overall numbers have remained the same.

Our primary goal should be to push these numbers upward on a continual basis. For instance, over the years I’ve seen support for issues or movements like gay rights and marijuana legalization gradually rise from the same kinds of numbers secessionists have at present to being an almost majority nationwide at present. That’s happened in roughly twenty years. I’ve outlined a forty-year plan for our movement. In twenty years we need to have at least as much support for the mere right of secession as things like marijuana decriminalization or gay marriage have at present, and the size of actual secession movements and their support has to show a corresponding increase. Right now ten percent of the U.S. population thinks secession would be good, and another twenty percent is on the fence. We need to get a solid thirty percent in our camp within the next decade or two. By the year 2050, we need to have a majority of the U.S. population in favor of actual secession by their particular region or community, and an even larger majority in favor to the technical right of secession, just like a majority of Americans presently support abortion rights, even if some of them are personally opposed to abortion or would not participate in it.

Rothbard on Individualism, Nationalism, and Immigration 3

Rothbard’s classic Nations by Consent: Decomposing the Nation-State

I generally agree with Rothbard’s position as outlined here, with the exception that I would take a looser, more open-ended definition of property rights or “private property” than Rothbard’s strict Lockeanism.

The question of open borders, or free immigration, has become an
accelerating problem for classical liberals. This is first, because the welfare
state increasingly subsidizes immigrants to enter and receive permanent
assistance, and second, because cultural boundaries have become increas-
ingly swamped. I began to rethink my views on immigration when, as
the Soviet Union collapsed, it became clear that ethnic Russians had been
encouraged to flood into Estonia and Latvia in order to destroy the
cultures and languages of these peoples. Previously, it had been easy to
dismiss as unrealistic Jean Raspail’s anti-immigration novel The Camp
of the Saints, in which virtually the entire population of India decides to
move, in small boats, into France, and the French, infected by liberal
ideology, cannot summon the will to prevent economic and cultural
national destruction. As cultural and welfare-state problems have inten-
sified, it became impossible to dismiss Raspail’s concerns any longer.
However, on rethinking immigration on the basis of the anarcho-
capitalist model, it became clear to me that a totally privatized country
would not have “open borders” at all. If every piece of land in a country
were owned by some person, group, or corporation, this would mean
that no immigrant could enter there unless invited to enter and allowed
to rent, or purchase, property. A totally privatized country would be as
“closed” as the particular inhabitants and property owners desire. It seems
clear, then, that the regime of open borders that exists de facto in the
U.S. really amounts to a compulsory opening by the central state, the
state in charge of all streets and public land areas, and does not gen-
uinely reflect the wishes of the proprietors.
Under total privatization, many local conflicts and “externality”
problems-not merely the immigration problem-would be neatly set-
tled. With every locale and neighborhood owned by private firms, cor-
porations, or contractual communities, true diversity would reign, in
accordance with the preferences of each community. Some neighborhoods
would be ethnically or economically diverse, while others would be
ethnically or economically homogeneous. Some localities would permit
pornography or prostitution or drugs or abortions, others would pro-
hibit any or all of them. The prohibitions would not be state imposed,
but would simply be requirements for residence or use of some person’s
or community’s land area. While statists who have the itch to impose
their values on everyone else would be disappointed, every group or
interest would at least have the satisfaction of living in neighborhoods
of people who share its values and preferences. While neighborhood
ownership would not provide Utopia or a panacea for all conflicts, it
would at least provide a “second-best” solution that most people might
be willing to live with.

Just Another Week of Servin' and Protectin' 4

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New Albany IN cop probed for missing sensitivity class ordered after he said that civil rights was biggest mistake in US: http://is.gd/d0Zg4

Camden NJ cop sentenced to probation for ordering women into his truck and cruiser while in uniform & then groping them: http://is.gd/d3HUW

Bal Harbour FL cop takes plea deal after sexually assaulting a 7yr-old girl http://is.gd/cXQiV

Houston TX 4 cops involved in videotaped beating of cuffed 16yr-old suspect http://is.gd/d0PHy

Louisville KY police accused of using excessive force on nude 19yr-old suffering from apparent mental condition: http://is.gd/d04JZ

Palm Beach Co FL sheriff says county’s ethics rules don’t apply to him, orders officers to refuse to take ethics classes: http://is.gd/cYsDR

3 Parkersburg WV cops sued alleging they used anti-gay slurs when they beat & kicked man at his home in front of partner: http://is.gd/d5FVF

Baltimore MD school police officer found guilty of 2nd degree assault & sexual abuse of a 16yr-old female student: http://is.gd/d000g

Tybee GA police officer resigns over tasering of autistic teen: http://is.gd/d4oba

North Carolina State trooper resigns after drunk driving and hit & run charges: http://is.gd/d3HpX

Chaves County NM deputy fired for crashing into fence post w/cruiser while talking on cell, then lying about it: http://is.gd/d1mDK

San Francisco CA police accused of not divulging that cop testifying in case once stabbed suspect in face w/crack pipe: http://is.gd/cZslS

Macon GA police officer charged with battery & cruelty to children for hitting wife in front of grandkids: http://is.gd/cZlyU

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Clackamas County OR deputy charged for sexual misconduct w/women in jail and on home detention: http://is.gd/d1f58

Millville NJ police officer charged with domestic violence on allegations he grabbed an unspecified woman by the neck: http://is.gd/d4NjO

California Hwy Patrol officer convicted on bribery & perjury charges for dismissing traffic ticket in exchange for sex: http://is.gd/cYpq0

Sealy TX police officer subject of suit alleging he entered home w/o warrant then arrested man for taking picture of him: http://is.gd/d15Ty

Memphis TN police sergeant pleads guilty to embezzling $25k from police union he led: http://is.gd/d0TYz

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Los Angeles Co CA deputy’s union fights policy banning deputies from carrying guns when drunk as alcohol incidents climb: http://is.gd/d00FB

Durham County NC deputy accused of using excessive force on 78yr-old man w/alzheimer’s: http://is.gd/d18Bo

Ottawa Hills OH cop convicted of assault for shooting & paralyzing man at traffic stop: http://is.gd/cXQwe

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Duluth GA police officer found guilty on 9 counts for attacking woman at roadside and shooting fellow cop in drunken rage http://is.gd/d3YfM

North Las Vegas NV cop who resigned after lying about badge stopping bullet arrested on false reporting & firearm charges http://is.gd/cZP1Q

4 Greenville SC deputies subject of suit by 18yr old beaten in recorded incident: http://is.gd/cWKLH

3 Buffalo NY cops suspended 1mo w/o pay for drinking at bar & assaulting: http://is.gd/d2jsV

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Sacramento Co CA deputy under investigation for allegedly punching woman at dog park over dog fight: http://is.gd/cVZPG

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Farmington NH police detective indicted for stealing over $1,000 from evidence after investigation into missing items: http://is.gd/d0cr5

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Updated News Digest June 26-27, 2010 Reply

American Revolutionary Vanguard: Loved By Few, Hated By Many, Respected By All

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

“What we fight is is _State_ socialism, leveling 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

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A “Do Over” in Afghanistan by Stephen Walt

Israel Policy: Ignorance or Cynicism? by M.J. Rosenberg

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An Increasingly Politicized Military by Bruce Ackerman

Cause and Effect in the War on Terror by Glenn Greenwald

Did Bush and Company Do Medical Research on Detainees? by Sheldon Richman

Is There an End in Sight in Afghanistan? by Robert Fox

The Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Requires the End of the U.S. Empire by Robert Jensen

McChrystal Did Obama a Huge Favor by Alexander Cockburn

Putting Petraeus in Perspective by Patrick Cockburn

Losing It at the Airport Checkpoint by Ralph Nader

Killing Civilians, Ducking Blame by Kathy Kelly and Dan Pearson

The System and the Drug War by Adam Engel

Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s? by Paul Craig Roberts

A Call to Resist the IMF from Infoshop.Org

Santa Cruz Anarchists Seek to “De-Mystify Anarchy” by J.M. Brown

Concerning the Social War in Greece from Infoshop.Org

Demonstration of Anarchists in Solidarity with Prisoners from Infoshop.Org

McChrystal: Past, Present, and Future by Karen Kwiatkowski

Murder With Malice Aforethought by Arthur Silber

Kill the “Kill Switch” by Justin Raimondo

McChrystal’s Challenge by Justin Raimondo

Glenn Beck’s South-Bashing by Stonewall

Trouble in Cosmoterian Land: Dave Weigal Resigns by Red Phillips

The Need for Secession by Patroon

A Native American on the Racist American Empire by Dennis Steele

On the Social Construction of Race by John Howard

Is World Peace Possible? by Oswald Spengler

The End of Our Culture? by James Leroy Wilson

Who Would Maintain Roads Worse Than the State? by Darian Worden

PIG Slams Elderly Woman’s Head in the Concrete from Francois Tremblay

Defiance is in Our DNA by Ted Nugent

Why I Hate Harry Truman by Justin Raimondo

Five Months of Packing Heat by Manuel Lora

Smile for the Fuzz by Paul Huebl

“Play It, James!” by Gary North

Libertarians in a State-Run World by Murray Rothbard

Police State Rule # 1 by William Norman Grigg

The Urgent Case for Nullification by Tom Eddlem

Is America Destined to Starve? by Philip Parham

The Feds Wrecked an Entire Town by Bill Anderson

Americans Are Barely Hanging On by Gary North

School is a Twelve Year Jail Sentence by John Taylor Gatto

PIGS Taser Granny by William Norman Grigg

The PIGS Murdered a Dog by David Kramer

PIGS Without Brains by William Norman Grigg

Off-Duty Crimes by Butler Shaffer

Possession of Any Drug Has Been Legal in Portugal Since 2001 by David Kramer

48% See U.S. Government Today as a Threat to Individual Rights

Audio Broadcasts

Liberal Double Talk: A New Form of Political Brainwashing by Dr. Tomislav Sunic

Why Multiculturalism Is Doomed by Dr. Tomislav Sunic

Obama Is Still Imprisoning Innocent Men Andy Worthington interviewed by Scott Horton

Don’t Let Them Shut Down the Internet Bruce Schneier interviewed by Scott Horton

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”

“A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts.

–James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), author and historian.
Source: Short Studies on Great Subjects

“Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without police protection is both. It is as cowardly to betray an offender to justice, even though his offences be against yourself, as it is not to avenge an injury by violence. It is dastardly and contemptible in a wounded man to betray the name of his assailant, because if he recovers, he must naturally expect to take vengeance himself.”
– From Porello, The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia

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

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"Almost Doest Thou Persuadist…"? 2

A post at the Forums of the Libertarian Left:

I think our mistake (tempted by Aster) was to denounce Keith Preston, as an homophobe, far rightist. What an idiocy it was. Keith Preston is nothing but a Leftist frustrated with the petty-bourgeois (or haute-bourgeious) Champagne Left. He reminds of Greek curmudgeonly Stalinists, who denounce everything New Leftist as “anti-worker” and “a bourgeious disorder” (not that they are completely wrong)… The Communist Party of Greece is (in)famous for doing exactly the same thing as Keith Preston. It has struggled to destroy the New Left influence in every possible way, by denouncing it in the same ways that our guest Quagmire did, even glossing over or directly cooperating with the Hard Right. Yet no-one DARES to attack it as anti-Leftist (in fact the opposite has happened. Every feminist, Gay Liberationist is condemned as anti-worker, and suspected of neoliberal tendencies. Only Green ideology is allowed, since CPG is turning increadingly Malthusian). I personally don’t dislike Keith Preston at all, I just think he is misguided. In fact, I would say that if Prestonism (in the form of his Liberty and Populism essay, not its current Ultra-Far/Right-friendly form) was imported to Greece, I would consider it the greatest thing since sliced bread. Not only it would be the best possible substitute of Stalinism, and ironically it would considered as “intellectually renewing” the Far Left.”

It’s interesting how these folks have to put labels on or categorize everything: “Maybe Keith Preston’s not a Fascist after all, maybe he’s a Communist!”

The “Liberty and Populism” essay is still the foundation of my outlook and program. In fact, soon I will be developing it into a script for a video documentary to be produced by one of our ARV/ATS associates.  As for my involvement with Alternative Right, apparently these folks don’t understand the difference between an intellectual circle and a political movement. Alternative Right is not a party, but a collection of writers and thinkers. Just like the Weimar intellectual circle around Ernst Junger included the left-wing Nazis Otto and Gregor von Strasser, the Jewish anarchist Erich Muhsam, the national-bolshevik Ernst Niekisch, and the Hobbesian Carl Schmitt, so does Alternative Right include a Catholic traditionalist (Jim Kalb), a Russian nationalist (Nina Kouprianova), a racialist anarcho-capitalist (Richard Hoste), a gay-masculinist ex-Satanist (Jack Donovan), a neo-pagan white nationalist (Alex Kurtagic), a curmudgeonly Old Rightist (Paul Gottfried), and a Nietzschean-Bakuninist old anarchist (yours truly). Richard Spencer himself seems to lean towards paleolibertarianism.  As a hat tip to one of the conventional pieties of our time, we might call this “diversity.”

The Ten Core Demographics of Alternative-Anarchism/Pan-Secessionism 13

1. The Populist Right: A wide assortment of sub-tendencies including gun rights, white rights, religious rights, men’s rights, father’s rights, family rights, alternative medicine, home schoolers, conspiracists, militias, state’s rights, local sovereignty, pro-life, hard money, libertarian, anti-tax. Eventually more and more from these camps will recognize that they have no prospect of victory within the context of the present system and will begin looking for alternatives.

2. The Sinking Former Middle Class: Class divisions in the U.S. will increasingly resemble those of Latin America, and when that happens the former middle class will  be PISSED!

3. The Antiwar/Civil Liberties Left: Expect a major split in the future between this Left and the race/gender/gay identity politics/welfare state Left.

4. The Urban Underclass: Expect no revolution without gaining the support of this class. To win, we must control the major cities, and we do that by gaining the support of this class.

5. The Lumpenproletariat: Broadly defined as traditional outgroups who were never incorporated into the Left’s pantheon of the oppressed, e.g. drug users, prisoners, the homeless, psychiatric inmates, cults and sequestered sects, prostitutes/sex workers, youth subcultures, those whose livelihood is criminalized outright, to name but a few.

6. Racial Minorities Outside the Liberal Paradigm: Ranges from conservative minorites to racial/national separatists to ethnic autonomists to lumpen elements, e.g. gangs, conventional criminals, convicts.

7. The DeClasse: Persons from privileged backgrounds, particularly younger people, who reject the values of their class (e.g. egalitarian consumerism).

8. Ecological Radicals: Not tree-hugging Al Gore fans and global warming hysterics, but primitivists, deep ecologists, Earth Firsters, ALFers/ELFers, peak oilers, neo-Luddites, Kaczynskians, and Linkolans.

9. Lower class members of the traditional outgroups and/or left-wing constituent groups: e.g. feminist women, racial/ethnic minorities, traditional union members, gays, sexual minorities, cultural liberals, countercultural youth, environmentalists, who eventually recognize that liberalism isn’t bringing home the bacon and that all of this political correctness isn’t paying the rent.

10. Refugees from Political Correctness: Former liberals who wise up aka modern day Arthur Koestlers.

Collectively, these and other related or overlapping demographic factions represent a majority of the U.S. population (or will be a majority decades from now at the hour of the revolution). Our mission is to build the appropriate coalitions and alliances at the local level, and then at the regional level, and then at the national or continental level with the end game of mass pan-secession always being in sight. To win, we need to take a super-majority of the territorial U.S. with us. The forces of the local coalitions should be reflective of local cultures and dominant ideological trends while regional and national alliances should be based simply on the need for common defense against the common enemy. The anarchist communities of the past are a model for new anarchist communities in the future, the Hanseatic and other medieval leagues are a model for the regional alliances of local communities, and the Continental Congresses or Articles of Confederation of the American Revolution, or the Spanish Anarchist militias, are a model for the assertion of common independence from You Know Who.

Advancing Class Struggle and Defending Outgroups: That Would Be Us 2

The defining characteristics of the historic Left have been the promotion of class struggle and defending outgroups. Classical liberalism was the ideology of the rising bourgeoisie class, and socialism was the ideology of the proletarian insurgency. The Left has usually been involved in the defense of outgroups like racial or religious minorities, or women and homosexuals. But what happens when social dynamics change and new classes become ruling classes, and former outgroups become dominant groups?

Are not advocates of such causes as men’s rights, father’s rights, free speech for “racists and fascists,” religious liberty for traditionalists or fundamentalists, or gun rights speaking up on behalf of present day outgroups? Are not poor, uneducated whites, “rednecks,” or conservative Southerners now an outgroup despised by elites?

In addition to a lengthy list of outgroups associated with the political Right, I have in the past identified a similarly lengthy list of outgroups of a more traditional nature that have never been incorporated into the Left’s pantheon of the oppressed. I have argued for the advancement of such outgroups, left and right, within the context of a class stuggle oriented towards those classes that are outside of the present corporate-social democratic paradigm, and in a way that rejects the state as the twin pillar of plutocracy rather than as the supposed antidote to plutocracy as the Socialists claim.

Are we at ATS and our allies not in fact the “true left” and are not our Cultural Marxist and statist-liberal enemies a new breed of “conservatives” who wish to defend an existing establishment comparable, perhaps, to the Brezhnev conservatives of the latter Soviet period?

What Separates Left from Right? 4

Paul Gottfried argues that what separates Left from Right is not equality vs liberty but equality vs inequality. Thomas Sowell argues that the difference is a constrained vision vs an unconstrained vision of humanity, human society, human potential, and so forth. Others have argued the difference is one of universalism vs particularism, or a linear view of history vs the view that history is either cyclical or simply a series of events with no discernible pattern. Still others say the difference is one of tradition vs the experimental. So which one is it, or is it all of these?