Updated News Digest August 30, 2009

Why Read the Sunday Papers When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com! Quote of the Week: “Most of the official left has retreated into the loving arms of Whole Foods culture and the self loathing feel-goodism of identity politics.”                                                                                                               -Dylan Hales “It may be that the Old Right will […]

Why Conservatism is a Failure

by Keith Preston Review of Critchlow, Donald T. The Conservative Ascendency: How the GOP Right Made Political History. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2007.               Donald Critchlow traces the history of modern American conservatism from its inception in the 1950s as an intellectual synthesis of the American […]

Decentralizing the Decentralist Movement

For three years in a row, between 2006 and 2008, a North American secessionist convention was held where delegates from actual secessionist organizations and interested observers gathered to discuss the possibility of decentralizing the United States into smaller political units. Thus far, it does not appear there will […]

Updated News Digest August 23, 2009

Why Read the Sunday Paper When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com!! Quote of the Week: “A brilliant developer in Southern California did a market survey, and he found that in the area where he had the property, so he had to do the development, conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats […]

Gandhi: Politics, Economics and the Backlash

by Keith Preston I. Gandhi as Spiritual Godfather of the Indian Independence Movement II. Critics of Gandhi and the Conservative Hindu Backlash   Early Life and the Beginnings of Gandhi’s Radicalism                        Mohandas K. Gandhi originated from India’s business caste and grew up amidst Vaishnovite and […]

Updated News Digest August 16, 2009

Why Read the Sunday Paper When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com! “You’re cultivating disrespect for government in your children!” protested a relative not long ago. “Every way I can think of doing so, with each opportunity that presents itself, every single day that God sends me!” I responded. Children […]

The Fruits of Anarchist "Anti-Racism"

“Certain attitudes derived from the New Left and the so-called counter-culture permeated neo-anarchism and had a deleterious effect upon it. Chief among these was elitism. It was the common belief among the New Left that the majority of the population were “coopted”, “sold-out”, “racist” and “sexist”. For the […]

Updated News Digest August 2, 2009

Quote of the Week: “My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) — or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate realm of England […]

Updated News Digest July 26, 2009

Quotes of the Week: “We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.”                                                                                                                 -Errico Malatesta “We are bound first to imform ourselves concerning so great a matter as the revolt of millions of people- what they are struggling for, what they […]

Forty Years in the Wilderness?

For some years  now, I have advocated for the anarchist movement in North America a change in direction from the course it has followed since the 1960s. Essentially, the general flavor of the anarchist milieu is one that expresses the same set of primary values as Marxists, social […]

Updated News Digest July 12, 2009

Quote of the Week: ““Adolf Hitler as chancellor of Germany is a horror; Adolf Hitler at a town meeting would be an asshole.”                                                                                               -Karl Hess It’s Not Just Fundamentalists Who Are Ignorant by TGGP Rot in Hell, Robert McNamara: The Life of  a Monster Considered by Ray Mangum […]

Updated News Digest June 28, 2009

Quote of the Week: “A century ago, anarchism was a major force within the European revolutionary movement, and the name of Michael Bakunin, its foremost champion and prophet, was as well-known among the workers and radical intellectuals of Europe as that of Karl Marx.”                                                                            -Paul Avrich, Anarchist […]

Conservative State Worship

No matter how pissed off I get at liberals and leftists (a very frequent occurrence, I assure you), I have never been able to bring myself to start calling myself a “conservative.” Some of this is no doubt a reflexive reaction to being raised among right-wing Know-Nothings. But […]

Updated News Digest June 21, 2009

Quotes of the Week: “No doubt in the days since we last gathered together as APOC (Autonomous / Anarchist / Anti-Authoritarian People of Color), much has changed for each of us. We’ve each experienced new joys and grieves, up and downs. Across the vastness of this metropolitan wasteland, […]

America’s Left-Conservative Heritage

Recent dialogue between Kevin R.C. Gutzman, Christian Kopff and Tom Piatak concerning the tension between classical liberal-libertarians and traditionalist conservatives reminded me of an observation from my Portuguese “national-anarchist” colleague Flavio Goncalves concerning  the clarion call issued by Chuck Norris a while back: “Seems like the US Right is as […]

Updated News Digest June 14, 2009

Quote of the Week: “I participated in a forum on state sovereignty at Drexel University a short while ago where the subject of secession came up (naturally). A Pennsylvania state legislator was the other speaker, and while he did not dismiss the possibility of secession he said that […]

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

For some time now, I have argued for an alliance of left-wing anarchism and right-wing populism against the common enemies of imperialism and Big Brother statism. I have argued that the strategic application of such an alliance would be a pan-secessionist movement rooted in the traditions of the […]

The Concept of the Vanguard

Recently a reader of Attack the System wrote: Keith Preston, in his Liberty and Populism: Building an Effective Resistance Movement in North America, writes of “anarchist” “city-states”, “anarcho-papis[m]“, and “anarcho-monarchis[m]“! In the same essay he writes that most anarchists favor the “town meeting” approach of “direct democracy”. To […]

Updated News Digest June 7, 2009

Quote of the Week: “We can tolerate intolerance and we can tolerate intolerance of intolerance.”  -TGGP “Avrich does not shy away from controversy in his books, treating the anarchist acts of violence honestly and in the context of the time. He does not condone the violence of Berkman, but […]

Shrinking the Prison System

TGGP of the “Entitled to an Opinion” blog has an interesting post up on the prison-industrial complex, and he’s asked for some of my views on how to shrink the prison system in the near term. I have an extended essay on dealing with crime in a stateless […]

Is Something Really Wrong with Kansas?

ABSTRACT: The widely believed claim that many voters in American elections are voting against their economic interests (“lower income Republicans versus affluent Democrats”) in favor of their social or cultural values is not supportable by the data concerning class voting patterns. American voters are polarized on both a […]

Updated News Digest May 31, 2009

Quote of the Week: “An intellectual is someone who has discovered something more interesting than sex.” “That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.” “There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of […]

The Political Theory of Carl Schmitt

By Keith Preston   Discussion:   Carl Schmitt The Crisis of Parliamentary Liberalism  The Concept of the Political The Weimar Republic Sourcebook (p. 331, 334-337, 342-345)             The editors of The Weimar Republic Sourcebook attempt to summarize the political thought of Carl Schmitt and interpret his writings […]

Ernst Junger: The Resolute Life of an Anarch

by Keith Preston Perhaps the most interesting, poignant and, possibly, threatening  type of writer and thinker is the one who not only defies conventional categorizations of thought but also offers a deeply penetrating critique of those illusions many hold to be the most sacred. Ernst Junger (1895-1998), who […]

Updated News Digest May 24, 2009

Quote of the Week: “The exception is more interesting than the rule. The rule proves nothing; the exception proves everything: It confirms not only the rule but also its existence, which derives only from the exception. In the exception the power of real life breaks through the crust […]

Updated News Digest May 10, 2009

Quote of the Week: “There’s the populist wing of the libertarian movement, and then there’s the Washington crowd that’s still trying to sell libertarianism, or their version of it, to elites. These people want to go along and get along. As long as they can abort their babies […]

Why I am an Anarcho-Pluralist, Part Two

Imagine, for one horribly unpleasant moment, that the anarchist movement (movements?) in North America, in their present form, were to carry out an actual revolution. What kind of social or political system would be the result? The Wikipedia entry on anarchism in the United States lists a number […]

You Musn’t Forget S-L-A-V-E-R-Y!!!!!!

In contemporary American political discourse, we often hear talk of “the legacy of slavery,” primarily in discussions of racial issues. To be sure, the “legacy of slavery” has had a damaging impact on American race relations (it wasn’t so wonderful for the actual slaves, either). Many of the […]

Updated News Digest April 26, 2009

Quote of the Week: “Yes, something very ugly has surfaced in contemporary American liberalism, as evidenced by the irrational and sometimes infantile abuse directed toward anyone who strays from a strict party line. Liberalism, like second-wave feminism, seems to have become a new religion for those who profess […]

Why I Am an Anarcho-Pluralist

Over the last few days, there’s been an interesting discussion going on over at the blog of left-libertarian philosopher Charles Johnson (also known as “Rad Geek“). I’ve avoided posting there, due to the presence of an individual who has declared themself my mortal enemy (a role I’m happy […]

Updated News Digest April 5, 2009

Quotes of the Week: “I read the Social Democratic newspapers. I saw their disgusting attitude towards anything that bore even the slightest revolutionary character, and I realized that there could be no reconciliation between a revolutionary party and a party trying to earn a reputation for ‘moderation’ in […]

Updated News Digest March 15, 2009

Quote of the Week: “All universal moral principles are idle fancies.  All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature;…Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you […]

Updated News Digest March 1, 2009

Quote of the Week: “Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”                                                                               -Friedrich Nietzsche “Journalists and opinion makers who now deride what was revolutionary and progressive about modern capitalism (an easier life and a higher standard of living) do so as […]

Updated News Digest February 22, 2009

Quote of the Week: “Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism. Although Americans have been attached strongly to privacy and private rights, they also have been a people conspicuous for a successful spirit of community. In a genuine community, the decisions most directly affecting the […]

Updated News Digest February 8, 2009

Quote of the Week: “A war for Kuwait? A war for an oil-can! The rest is vanity; the rest is crime … an unimaginative, ‘democratic capitalist’ Republican regime, early in 1991, committed the United States, very possibly, to a new imperialism.                                             –Russell Kirk, The Politics of Prudence […]