How living through an earthquake turned an anarcho-communist into a Hobbesian. Read the story. This has nothing to do with anarchism as I conceive of it, but it’s an interesting read.
Another once honorable organization falls into the clutches of PC and does the bidding of the therapeutic state. Article by Stephen Baskerville.
It has been called to my attention that many of the ATS/ARV affiliated blogs and webpages do not include contact information. To build a local group in your area, obviously people will need a quick and effective method of getting in touch with you. Please consider posting a link to an email address that you check regularly on your blogsites. It can be very frustrating to readers if they can’t figure out how to contact you.
It could also really help your credibility if you made a public blog post introducing who you are and a picture of what you look like, providing this is feasible so far as security matters go. Nothing says lack of credibility more than anonymous websites with no personal accountability.
Another idea might be to write a blog post explaining how our positions might be applied to your local area. The American Indian/Alaska Native Attack the System blog has done a very good job of this thus far. Also, check out Andrew Yeoman’s comments on applying BANA’s ideas to the Bay Area. Let’s say your local affiliate of ATS or N-A or anarcho-libertarian or whatever group were to achieve political preeminence in your local area. What would you do in such a situation?
In my case, I’m particularly interested in networking with ATS readers and/or N-As, paleo-anarchists, an-caps, etc. in the southern states of the U.S. with an emphasis on urban areas like Richmond, Memphis, Nashville, Charleston, Raleigh, Columbia, New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, Jackson, Tampa, etc. How would we go about applying ATS ideas to the American south? When many people think of secession, they automatically think of the South for obvious reasons. What should our relationship be to existing secessionist or regionalist organizations in the South such as the League of the South or the Southern National Congress?
Congress is at the bottom, but the military and the police are in the top three. See the poll results.
Great work from our friends in the north!
“In the nineteenth century, a liberal was a person who championed individual liberty in a context of laissez-faire economics, who defined liberty as the absence of coercion, and who regarded the state as an ever-present threat to personal freedom and responsibility. Today, a liberal is a person who champions social justice in a context of socialist economics, who defines liberty as access to the means for a good life, and who regards the state as a benevolent provider whose duty is to protect people from poverty, racism, sexism, illness, and drugs.”
“I am a child of the South. [Head of DHS] Janet Napolitano tells me I need to be afraid of people who are labeled white supremacists, but I was raised around white supremacists. I am not afraid of white supremacists. I am concerned about my own government. The Patriot Act did not come from white supremacists, it came from the White House and Congress. The Citizens United decision [granting corporations full political personhood] did not come from white supremacists; it came from the Supreme Court. I am willing to reach across traditional barriers that have been skillfully constructed by people who benefit from the way the system is organized.”
-Former congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney
Left-anarchists and left-libertarians, take lessons!
Which is the future of the United States?
Bill Lind has argued that the U.S. more closely resembles the Spanish empire as much as any previous “superpower” and will suffer a similar fate. The Spanish essentially bankrupted themselves through aggressive warfare and experienced gradual decline over the next three centuries.
Bob Higgs has likewise argued for the gradualist perspective. America’s growing debts to international banks and ever-expanding liabilities for the funding of domestic entitlement programs will force the empire to retreat over time.
On the other hand, plenty of people have argued for a dramatic collapse. The reasons for the impending collapse have been attributed to everything from monetary policy to peak oil to racial/ethnic conflict to nuclear terrorism. Igor Panarin is a proponent of the dramatic collapse thesis who’s gotten some attention recently.
In recent years, I’ve tended to move away from the “dramatic collapse” scenario towards a more gradualist outlook. The reason for this is that as I review the decline of previous states or societies more thoroughly, I’ve found quite a few examples of societies that were in far worse condition than the U.S. at present and yet continued to survive for centuries longer. Even many regimes around the world today that are in much worse shape than the U.S. (Zimbabwe, for instance, to use but one example) have not experienced the collapse of their actual state.
It seems most likely that the U.S. will continue to experience rapid demographic change combined with widening class divisions under the reign of an ever more repressive state. The American empire may well start to recede due to continued military failure, demoralization, loss of public support, and cost prohibitions. In other words, the System may start becoming less aggressive externally and more aggressive internally, particularly as demographic conflict, political dissatisfaction, and economic unrest escalate.
Of course, another terrorist attack of the 9-11 model would significantly reformulate the equation.
Now, this is good stuff.
by Andrew Yeoman
[Note: I have been corresponding with the author of the recent SF Gate piece about getting the Bay Area independent. Here is the most important part of that correspondence so far.]
In my opinion, the Bay Area would have to be a confederation with a large amount of autonomy given to local areas like San Francisco and Marin/Sonoma that have very different political agendas. I’m sure a mutually beneficial agreement could be reached with Sierra authorities for water supply. I was at a pagan camping event a couple weeks ago near Reno and one of the locals made the opinion known that in their view California stops south of the Sacramento border! I didn’t quite agree but since he is an old school Californian I could understand his vantage point.
The National Anarchist solution I was thinking of would allow the existence of democratic tribal and local neighborhood councils that could be based on various ethnic or lifestyle interest groups (gay, Asians, blacks, whites, Indians, or no Identity if so desired, etc) that would work in tandem with an economic advisory council that would coordinate economic and labor issues and a parallel board of natural resources. They executive could hold sessions in their local communities and meet at San Francisco City Hall for monthly or quarterly meetings. It would seem to make sense to have police and judicial jurisdictions the same as they are now, unless otherwise needing to be updated. An area like the Bay Area will always have strong demand for tourism, young professionals, shipping, and technology and those would be the base economies to drive economic growth or sustainability.
I think the biggest obstacles are political rather than cultural. Culturally, the Bay Area is ripe for this to happen: most Bay Area residents view themselves as Northern Californian and have no real connection to Southern California or Sacramento. Creating the political will to make this happen is a different story: most people have never conceived of not having a Federal or State government and presenting new thinking to the public is extremely difficult. Their would have to be tangible immediate benefits from doing so. Lower taxes would appeal to many but I think most people would rather have the security of paying high taxes rather than switch to an unknown. I go running a lot and I notice lots of signs with for sale and sitting empty. Another thing that would appeal to many besides lower taxes is no longer honoring housing defaults to the banks. That would cause the financial system an enema and get lots of support from residents.
To make it look realistic a mock Bay Area Authority would have to be established and have representatives from the various cities and hold due process and rules of order and all the other (not fun!) tasks of government. With a track record of “open source” and orderly proceedings the BAA could then be viewed as a plausible alternative to the present system to a segment of the population and make symbolic proclamations (say, gay marriage for San Francisco, issue non binding marriage agreements, etc). The key to this working would to prevent the ambitious to making the BAA their personal dictatorship so the highest post such as a Secretary may make the most sense unless authorized by the councils.
If a SHTF scenario ever made the legit authorities unable to work the BAA could step in for disaster relief, etc. The key is to just not take actions that would be viewed as a rebellion by government authorities as like myself I’m sure you value your personal freedom!
I can’t believe they actually ran this.
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
Don’t Fear the Right: They Are Potential Class Allies by David Spero
Vermont Public Radio: The Voice of the American Empire by Thomas Naylor
Economics in Freefall by Paul Craig Roberts
Homeland Security Mission Creep: “Intellectual Property Crime” by Kevin Carson
Homeland Security Mission Creep: The Drug War by Kevin Carson
The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment by C.S. Lewis
Obama: A Global Menace by Nat Hentoff
What Is a “Strong” Defense? by Christopher Preble
Secessionists and Fireworks at the National Mall by Ross Kenyon
Why the FED is Steering the Economy into Deflation by Mike Whitney
The Weimar Syndrome by James Turk
Techno-Fascist Drones by Thomas Naylor
The Fall of Obama by Alexander Cockburn
The Human Price of Sanctions by Andrew Cockburn
The Unchallenged Power of the Israel Lobby by James Abourezk
The High Price of American Hubris by American Hubris
Could U.S. Propaganda Be Any Lamer? by Justin Raimondo
How Bank of America Got Away with a Huge Swindle by Dave Lindorff
Bradley Manning: American Patriot by Justin Raimondo
Hardly a Conservative Model by Daniel Larison
R.I.P. Tuli Kupferberg by Paul Krassner
Chomsky’s Inner Conservative by Charles Glass
Americans Are the Redcoats Now by Brent Gardner-Smith
Can the Iranian Model Save Mississippi? by Ralph Nader
Keep Cops Out of Schools by Chase Madar
Days of PIG Violence in New Orleans by Jordan Flaherty
A Mentor to Men Behind Walls by Anthony Papa
How Progressives and Liberals Are Different by Sam Smith
A Crack Law By Any Other Name by Roberto Rodriguez
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times by Alexander Cockburn
The Worst Supreme Court Decision of the Term by Joanne Mariner
Obama’s War of Choice…on Arizona by Pat Buchanan
America is in a Societal Meltdown by Chuck Baldwin
Freedom to Hunt and More by R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr.
Planet Islam by Jim Goad
Forget Mexico, Let’s Wall Off D.C. by John Derbyshire
Finding a Racist in a Haystack by Gavin McInnes
The Lynch Squad by Paul Gottfried
The Race Card Is Becoming Irrelevant by John Kass
Thou Shalt Kill: The American Warmongers Bible by Laurence Vance
The New Eugenics by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Stop Policing Our Thoughts by Brendan O’Neill
Repudiate Government Debt by Butler Shaffer
Revolution and Repression in America by Andrew Gavin Marshall
The U.S. Is Addicted to the Warfare State by William Norman Grigg
Phoenix Home Invaders Shot by Robbers Already in Home by Brittany Williams
Community Organizing and National-Anarchism presentation by Andrew Yeoman
“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
A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs
“The king is most wounded by ridicule.” -Thomas Hobbes
The military career of Major General Miguel Garcia Vivancos.
Great interview with Andrew on Voice of Reason Radio. This covers a lot of major issues.
Interesting assessment of Noam at Taki’s Mag.
Listen to it here. The interviewer tries to ambush Dennis with the usual charges.
Interesting chronology by Andrew Bradford. See it here. Hat tip to James Duncan.
A translation of Alain De Benoist’s commentary on the dialogues between Ernst Junger and Martin Heidegger is now available here.
[Keith: Someone posted this on FB. Some interesting data is included.]
Do you ever just sit back and wonder what in the world has happened to America? The truth is that the America that so many of us once loved so much has been shattered into a thousand pieces. The “land of the free and the home of the brave” has been transformed into a socialized Big Brother nanny state that is oozing with corruption and has accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world. The greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen is falling apart before our very eyes, and even when our politicians actually try to do something right (which is quite rare) the end result is still a bunch of garbage. For those who still love this land (and there are a lot of us) it is heartbreaking to watch America slowly die.
The following are 50 random facts that show just how dramatically America has changed….
#50) A new report released by the United Nations is publicly calling for the establishment of a world currency and none of the major news networks are even covering it.
#49) The state of California is so broke that Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered California State Controller John Chiang to reduce state worker pay for July to the federal minimum allowed by law — $7.25 an hour for most state workers.
#48) A police officer in Oklahoma recently tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn’t breathe because they considered her to be a “threat”.
#47) In early 2009, U.S. net national savings as a percentage of GDP went negative for the first time since 1952, and it has continued its downward trend since then.
#46) Corexit 9500 is so incredibly toxic that the UK’s Marine Management Organization has completely banned it, so if there was a major oil spill in the North Sea, BP would not be able to use it. And yet BP has dumped over a million gallons of dispersants such as Corexit 9500 into the Gulf of Mexico.
#45) For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
#44) It has come out that one employee used a Federal Emergency Management Agency credit card to buy $4,318 in “Happy Birthday” gift cards. Two other FEMA officials charged the cost of 360 golf umbrellas ($9,000) to the taxpayers.
#43) Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo received $389,000 from the U.S. government to pay 100 residents of Buffalo $45 each to record how much malt liquor they drink and how much pot they smoke each day.
#42) The average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen to an all-time high.
#41) The bottom 40 percent of all income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
#40) In the U.S., the average federal worker now earns about twice as much as the average worker in the private sector.
#39) Back in 1950 each retiree’s Social Security benefit was paid for by 16 workers. Today, each retiree’s Social Security benefit is paid for by approximately 3.3 workers. By 2025 it is projected that there will be approximately two workers for each retiree.
#38) According to a U.S. Treasury Department report to Congress, the U.S. national debt will top $13.6 trillion this year and climb to an estimated $19.6 trillion by 2015.
#37) The federal government actually has the gall to ask for online donations that will supposedly go towards paying off the national debt.
#36) The Cactus Bug Project at the University Of Florida was allocated $325,394 in economic stimulus funds to study the mating decisions of cactus bugs.
#35) A dinner cruise company in Chicago got nearly $1 million in economic stimulus funds to combat terrorism.
#34) It is being reported that a 6-year-old girl from Ohio is on the “no fly” list maintained by U.S. Homeland Security.
#33) During the first quarter of 2010, the total number of loans that are at least three months past due in the United States increased for the 16th consecutive quarter.
#32) According to a new report, Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality and far less efficiency.
#31) Some experts are warning that the cost of bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could reach as high as $1 trillion.
#30) The FDA has announced that the offspring of cloned animals could be in our food supply right now and that there is nothing that they can do about it.
#29) In May, sales of new homes in the United States dropped to the lowest level ever recorded.
#28) In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has ranged between 300 to 500 to one.
#27) Federal border officials recently said that Mexican drug cartels have not only set up shop on American soil, they are actually maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona.
#26) The U.S. government has declared some parts of Arizona off limits to U.S. citizens because of the threat of violence from Mexican drug smugglers.
#25) According to the credit card repayment calculator, if you owe $6000 on a credit card with a 20 percent interest rate and only pay the minimum payment each time, it will take you 54 years to pay off that credit card. During those 54 years you will pay $26,168 in interest rate charges in addition to the $6000 in principal that you are required to pay back.
#24) According to prepared testimony by Goldman Sachs Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs shorted roughly $615 million of the collateralized debt obligations and residential mortgage-backed securities the firm underwrote since late 2006.
#23) The six biggest banks in the United States now possess assets equivalent to 60 percent of America’s gross national product.
#22) Four of the biggest U.S. banks (Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup) had a “perfect quarter” with zero days of trading losses during the first quarter of 2010.
#21) 1.41 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009 – a 32 percent increase over 2008.
#20) BP has hired private security contractors to keep the American people away from oil cleanup sites and nobody seems to care.
#19) Barack Obama is calling for a “civilian expeditionary force” to be sent to Afghanistan and Iraq to help overburdened military troops build infrastructure.
#18) On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within 3 minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.
#17) It is being reported that sales of foreclosed homes in Florida made up nearly 40 percent of all home purchases in the first part of this year.
#16) During a recent interview with Larry King, former first lady Laura Bush revealed to the world that she is actually in favor of legalized gay marriage and a woman’s “right” to abortion.
#15) Scientists at Columbia University are warning that the dose of radiation from the new full body security scanners going into airports all over the United States could be up to 20 times higher than originally estimated.
#14) 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.
#13) The FDIC’s deposit insurance fund now has negative 20.7 billion dollars in it, which represents a slight improvement from the end of 2009.
#12) The judge that BP is pushing for to hear an estimated 200 lawsuits on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster gets tens of thousands of dollars a year in oil royalties and is paid travel expenses to industry conferences.
#11) In recent years the U.S. government has spent $2.6 million tax dollars to study the drinking habits of Chinese prostitutes and $400,000 tax dollars to pay researchers to cruise six bars in Buenos Aires, Argentina to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior when drunk.
#10) U.S. officials say that more than three billion dollars in cash (much of it aid money paid for by U.S. taxpayers) has been stolen by corrupt officials in Afghanistan and flown out of Kabul International Airport in recent years.
#9) According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the baggage check fees collected by U.S. airlines shot up 33% in the first quarter of 2010 to $769 million.
#8) Three California high school students are fighting for their right to show their American patriotism – even on a Mexican holiday – after they were forced to remove their American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.
#7) Right now, interest on the U.S. national debt and spending on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 percent of GDP. By 2080, they are projected to eat up approximately 50 percent of GDP.
#6) The total of all government, corporate and consumer debt in the United States is now about 360 percent of GDP.
#5) A 6-year-old girl was recently handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.
#4) In Florida, students have been arrested by police for things as simple as bringing a plastic butter knife to school, throwing an eraser, and drawing a picture of a gun.
#3) School officials in one town in Massachusetts are refusing to allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
#2) According to one new study, approximately 21 percent of children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.
#1) Since 1973, more than 50 million babies have been murdered in abortion facilities across the United States.