Updated News Digest February 1, 2009 7

Quotes of the Week:

“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

Save the Economy by Cutting the Defense Budget by Winslow T. Wheeler

Torture at a Louisiana Prison by Jordan Flaherty

Access to Economic Justice by Ralph Nader

How Iceland Fell by Rev. Jose’ M. Tirado

What If Israel Were in Your Neighborhood? by Russell Mokhiber

Speaking the Truth is a Career Ending Event by Paul Craig Roberts

The India Lobby: Drunk with the Sight of Power by Vijay Prashad

Bolivia Looking Forward by Benjamin Dangl

The Torture Ban That Doesn’t Ban Torture by Allan Nairn

Afghanistan Is No Threat to America by Dave Lindorff

The Ghost of LBJ by Norman Solomon

The Economy Will Collapse-Drastic Action Will Be Taken from Trends Research Institute

Noam Chomsky on Obama and Pakistan from SlackBastard

Molinari Symposium 2009: Call for Papers on Intellectual Property 

Rad Geek Speaks on Anarchism in Vegas 

The Atrocity of Hope  by Roderick Long

A Bibi-Barack Collision? by Pat Buchanan

Anti-Military Conservatives by Jack Hunter

Money for Nothing by David Gordon

Put Torture on Trial by Philip Giraldi

Meet the New Boss, He’s the Same as the Old Boss by David Henderson

Muslim World Hails the End of Gitmo by William Fisher

War Crimes in Gaza Kathy Kelly interviewed by Scott Horton

The Politics of Palestine Dean Ahmad interviewed by Scott Horton

Obama Good on Detainee Policy So Far Andy Worthington interviewed by Scott Horton

Obama’s Vietnam  by Justin Raimondo

Five Questions for George Mitchell by Sandy Nolan and Tom Engelhardt

Not Thrilled About Obama by Tony Campos

Continuing Bush Policies in Israel and Afghanistan by Glenn Greenwald

Thus Sprach Obama: Pouring Acid on Gaza’s Wounds by Chris Floyd

Gaza War Pushes Arabs to the Brink by Robert Dreyfuss

Two Prisons Pose Similar Problems for President Obama by Eric Schmitt

Did Bush’s Usurpations Keep Us Safe? by Bruce Fein

Ministry of Truth and Peace by Jeff Huber

Refuting Cheney’s Lies on Guantanamo by Andy Worthington

Is Political Islam a Threat to the West? by Wajahat Ali

Obama’s Guantanamo Opportunity by Anthony Gregory

Barack Obama, Meet Lyndon Johnson by Juan Cole

Are We Civilized Enough to Hold Our Leaders Accountable for War Crimes? by John Dean

End the Iraq Occupation by Medea Benjamin

Close Gitmo and Get Out of Cuba by Eric Margolis

Bush, Obama and the American State by Anthony Gregory

Nobody Ever Said You Needed a High IQ to Be a Celebrity 

The Answer is Freedom by Lew Rockwell

Dumb Cop of the Week 

The Greatest Depression in History is Coming Gerald Celente interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Protection Through “Law Enforcement” by Mike Gaddy

Hyperinflation and the U.S. Banana Republic by Mike Rozeff

The Torture State Endures and Prospers by William Norman Grigg

Eminent Domain in Palestine by Glenn Greenwald

George W. Bush: More Freedom Hokum by Jim Bovard

Gay is Okay to Adopt in the U.K., But Old is Not 

The Proliferation of Anti-Smoking Thugs 

The Case for Disunion by Joe Schembrie

Che Was An Asshole by Humberto Fontova

Lies of War by Chris Hedges

The Mailed Fist and the Velvet Glove by Justin Raimondo

Obama the Imperialist by Richard Seymour

Can Israel Last? by Fred Reed

What Stimulus Advocates Learned from the “Push” for War with Iraq by Jesse Walker

It is Time to End the War on Terror by Philip Giraldi

Iranians You Don’t Know by Rick Steves

Bill Kristol: A Case Study in Affirmative Action by Paul Campos

Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements 

The New New Deal, Same as the Old New Deal by Daniel Flynn

The Institution of “Institutional Racism” by Derek Turner

The US is a Right-Wing USSR by Kevin DeAnna

Not Stimulating by Richard Spencer

RE: What Blacks Are Really Celebrating by Jack Hunter

RE:RE: What Blacks Are Really Celebrating by Paul Gottfried

Is It Time to Bail Out of the U.S.? by Paul Craig Roberts

Anarchist Canada?  from theConverted

The Center: America’s Greatest Political Threat by Sam Smith

A Pilgrim’s Progress by LiberaLaw

Tom Paine’s Birthday by Peter Linebaugh

The Future of Gaza: An Interview with Jimmy Carter by Riz Khan

Pakistan: The New Cambodia? by M. Reza Pirbhai

Whither the Two-State Solution? by Dina Jadallah Taschler

Economy Without Escape Routes by Alan Farago

Rise of the Red Tories by Phillip Blond (thanks, Ean!)

The Evil of Patents by Jeffrey Tucker

Kleptocrats of the World, Unite! by William Norman Grigg

America Is Not a Free Country by Mike Rozeff

The Anarchist Catholic Worker Movement by Ellen Finnigan

Here’s To Crime 

Belmont, California Imposes Complete Tobacco Prohibtion by David Kramer

The Presidency: The Founders’ Great Mistake by Garrett Epps

The Big Stimulus: Get Rid of the Empire by Justin Raimondo

Diplomatic Means to Militaristic Ends by Doug Bandow

The Iranian Revolution, Thirty Years On by Sadegh Kabeer

Obama’s Flock of Hawks by Stephen Zunes

Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans by Gerald Nicosia

Obama’s First Steps on Guantanamo by Joanne Mariner

Globalism vs Ethno-nationalism by Pat Buchanan

RE:RE:RE: What Blacks Are Really Celebrating by Richard Spencer

Military to Pledge Oath to Obama, Not the Constitution by Michelle Chang

LeftLiberty #1 -Call for Submissions 

Welcome, Antiwarriors by Charles Johnson

Obama and the Oddsmakers by Alexander Cockburn

The American Economy is Not Coming Back by Dave Lindorff

Gaza Will Survive by Subcomandante Marcos

Last Gasp of the Culture Wars? by David Rosen

If Deflation is Coming, Sell Your Gold by Lew Rockwell

The Misesian Case Against Keynes by Han Hermann Hoppe

The Power Elite is All Wet by Jeffrey Tucker

Elect the Cops by Dylan Hales

Increasing Even-Handedness in the Middle East by Glenn Greenwald

The Expanding War in Afghanistan by Warren Mass

Organizing National-Anarchist Networks by Bay Area National Anarchists

“Raise the Starry Plough On High” 

Rapist PIGS by Rad Geek

ALLiance is Seeking Submissions by Chris Lempa

Republican Albatross by Sheldon Richman

Give Bill Kristol’s New York Times Op-Ed Spot to Wendy McElroy by Brad Spangler

The Mafia is More Legitimate Than World Governments by Niccolo Adami

Updated News Digest January 25, 2009 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“It seems unlikely that many Americans will do other than breathe a long sigh of relief when George W. Bush finally leaves the White House. His farewell appearances last week were suitably bizarre, suggesting a man of limited capacity for sustained ratiocination, who, like many essentially weak people seeking to camouflage their weakness, views any admission of a mistake, or even a willingness to compromise or consider the views of another, as an unacceptable sign of the vulnerability he knows is there and doesn’t wish to acknowledge.

I’d love to see change I could believe in under a new president, and it’s worthwhile to suspend judgment for at least a bit. But the likelihood of an Obama administration actually reducing the U.S. footprint in the world seems rather low.”

                                                                                              -Alan Bock

The Trouble With Those “Shovel-Ready” Projects by Kevin Carson

Venezuelan and Argentine Influences on the Chicago Factory Occupation by Larry Gambone

James Bond on the Drug War by Roderick Long

Obama: Already Dropping the Ball on Palestine by Niccolo Adami

Stimulating Consumption Won’t Help the Economy by Sheldon Richman

Israel and the European Right by Paul Gottfried

Is Gaza the Beginning of World War Three? from the Trends Research Institute

Obama’s Economics by Stonewall

Four Surprises in Global Demography by Nicholas Eberstadt

Tales of Hard Times Reveals How Soft We’ve Become by Michael Deacon

The Findhorn Community  Watch and Find Out More 

War Criminal in Chief by Laurence Vance

No Debate, No Dissent by Glenn Greenwald

Getting Our Priorities Straight Joshua Frank interviewed by Scott Horton

Inauguration Day, A Day of Mourning by Justin Raimondo

The More Things Change by Alan Bock

How Bin Laden Bankrupted America by Jon Basil Utley

U.S. Jewish Peace Lobby Isolated on Gaza by Daniel Luban

Another War, Another Defeat by John J. Mearsheimer

Punishing the Palestinians by Ralph Nader

Gaza Agonistes by Eric Alterman

Who’s in Charge-Obama, the Pentagon or Israel? by William Pfaff

Not Just Guantanamo by Joanne Mariner

How Will History Judge America’s 43rd President? by Gene Healy

Overseas, Expectations Build for Torture Prosecutions by Scott Horton

A Suicide Foretold: The Case of Israel by Immanuel Wallerstein

Reality in Gaza is Bad Enough by Robert Fisk

How Al-Jazeera  Helped Me Think Differently About the World by Eric Calderwood

The Stories of Torture Sounded Made Up. They Weren’t by Carol Leonnig

Close Guantanamo, End the Cuban Blockade by Eric Margolis

Ehud’s Poodle by Pat Buchanan

A Deadly Stimulus by Don Armentano

Obamanomics Will Fail by Mike Rozeff

The National Anthem of the U.S.S.A. by Joshua Snyder

Predictions About the Obama Administration by Mike Rozeff

False Dawn by Justin Raimondo

The Myth of Israel’s Strategic Genius by Stephen Walt

Obama Offers Internationalist Vision by Jim Lobe

Obama’s Strategic Wasteland by Jeff Huber

Introducing the CIA to the Constitution by Nat Hentoff

Israel Wanted a Humanitarian Crisis by Ben White

Prosecute the Torturers by Glenn Greenwald

An Interview with Alex Jones from Russia Today

An Interview with Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party 

Tribal Anarchy vs The State by Stefan Blankertz

Is GOP Still a National Party? by Pat Buchanan

Young Americans for Liberty by Jack Hunter

Israel and US by Tom Piatak

Israel’s Inalienable Rights by Charles Glass

Russian Anarchist Murdered by Porkupine Blog

Looking at the Wrong Depression and Finding the Wrong Solution 

Nothing Personal, Just Business by Patroon

Understanding Gaza by Gabriel Kolko

State Terrorism Against Gaza by Ralph Nader

 Archduke Wilhelm of Austria and Missed Opportunities by Ean Frick

The Pet Rock Presidency by Sean Jobst

Class Bias Against Poor Whites by Alan Travis

Seven of Nine: The Woman Who Created Obama by Sarah Gallick

Empire Undermines Tradition by Matthew Roberts

Another Real Estate Crisis is About to Hit by Paul Craig Roberts

Mandela’s Example for Obama by Martin Kelly

Health Insurance Before the Welfare State from the Independent Institute

In Defense of Internet Journalism by Kevin Carson

Chomsky, Inc. 

Steal This Journal 

The Death of Conservatism by Stonewall

The Democrats on Israel by Adriana Kojeve

The Gathering Storm Against the 2nd Amendment by Mike Gaddy

Fixing the International Monetary Disaster by Jesus Huerta de Soto

An American Mao?

Swiss Firefighters: A Living Rebuke to Right and Left by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

The Borders of Freedom of Opinion 

Death Threats Against Dutch Film Maker Should Be Condemned 

Israel’s Lies by Henry Siegman

Alex Jones Analyzes Barack Obama’s Inaugural Speech 

Norman Finkelstein on Gaza 

Mohawk Autonomous Zone by Martin Patriquin

Children Found with Bullets Lodged in Their Head by Topaz Amoore

U.S. Intel Nominee Lied About ’99 Massacre by Allan Nairn

A Neo-Reaganite Inaugural? by Pat Buchanan

Obama and Black Pride by Jack Hunter

The Minarchist Fallacy: It’s For Leftists, Too! 

Nazi Privatization by Kevin Carson

The Ghosts at Obama’s Side by Alexander Cockburn

The Freefalling Economy by P. Sainath

In Israel, Detachment from Reality is the Norm by Patrick Cockburn

Reasons for War? by Saul Landau

It’s Time to Free Leonard Peltier by Bob Fitraki and Harvey Wasserman

The Way Forward by Dave Lindorff

U.S. Foreign Policy Writ Small by Fred Reed

Obama is Wrong About Afghanistan by George Phillips

Mengele City? by Nick Evans

The Liberals Grand Bargain by Justin Raimondo

Investigate and Prosecute the Bush Administration by Doug Bandow

Obama Was Right to Halt Guantanamo Trials by Andy Worthington

The Return of Liberal Interventionism by Doug Bandow

So Far, Obama’s Missed the Point on Gaza by Robert Fisk

Plans in Place to Close Guantanamo-Eventually  by J.D. Tuccille

Guantanamo State of Mind by Jacob Sullum

Balkanizing Barack by Gordon N. Bardos

Pentagon 1, Obama 0 by Benjamin H. Friedman

Ideology and Polarization by Dain Fitzgerald

Hey World, Pick Up Our Tab by Peter Schiff

At Least They Didn’t Call Him Sue by William Norman Grigg

Monopoly Kills Creativity-Down with Intellectual Property by Jeffrey Tucker

Nationalizing Private Life: The Legacy of the Great War by Hunt Tooley

Huckleberry Finn and PC Insanity by John Lietchy

Darkness, Tyranny and Oppression by Jacob Hornberger

Richard Holbrooke: Obama’s Neocon by Joshua Frank

The Neocons: Always Wrong, But Never in Doubt by Murray Polner

Prohibition 3: The Candy Wars

Obama Dips His Hands in Blood by Tim Reid

Prosecute Bush! by Ivan Eland

Gaza: Worse Than An Earthquake by Kathy Kelly

Obama: Off to Good Start with Detainees? by Andy Worthington

New Era of American Leadership? by Gordon Prather

War Crimes Prosecutions Scott Horton interviewed by Scott Horton

US/Israeli Terrorism in Gaza Gareth Porter interviewed by Scott Horton

Lawyers Who Can Say No by Jacob Sullum

The Degeneration of the Imperial Legions from Christian Science Monitor

Asset Forfeiture Helps FBI’s Gambling, Jewel-Studded, Jerk-Offs by Jacob Sullum

In the Age of Obama by Justin Raimondo

Just a Question by Sheldon Richman

 

The State and the Banksters Reply

by Peter Bjorn Perls

As an old libertarian and anarchist, news like this is not a surprise to
me anymore, and neither should it be for others of like persuasion, but
for those not accustomed to cynicism against the Establishment, a lot of
reminders of the corruption in the circles of power continually needs to
be shown, as the latest, quote:

“Bernanke, speaking in London, said in his prepared remarks that the
nearly $800 billion plan being discussed by the incoming Obama
administration and the newly elected Congress “could provide a
significant boost to economic activity.” He did not comment on or
endorse any specifics of the nearly $800 billion.

But Bernanke cautioned that the plan is “unlikely to promote a lasting
recovery unless they are accompanied by strong measures to further
stabilize and strengthen the financial system.”

link:http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/13/news/economy/bernanke_speech/index.htm?postversion=2009011308

Same ‘ol Bernanke (same as the rest of the crowd of Keynesians) – weak
on the specifics on how to spend the gargantuan handouts that they take
for granted is needed to right the economy (likewise a vaguely defined
concept). But I digress; the point of the matter here is that the US
federal handouts to the financial institutions are now so blatantly
obvious that only the blind (usually from political persuasion; I’d add)
fail to see it. The politicians already pumped sums that are
astronomical to any working man and local community, and now we are told
it’s not enough? (Will we hear that again when the next round of
bailouts come, too?)

A few bullet points to illustrate how the state works for the friends of
those in power and not those it allegedly serves – the public;

* Citigroup’s stock was busy running into the group two months back, but
recieved a big bag of cash from the feds, not only making the bankers
happy because they could stay in business for a while, but also a
Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi royalty happened to buy up a large wad of
stock shortly before the cash infusion announcement, thus making himself
an even billion dollars in the process.

link:http://current.com/items/89559833/saudi_prince_profits_from_us_taxpayer_bailout_of_citigroup.htm

* The Feds propped up the banks to keep people borrowing and spending,
but Henry Paulson had to realize that the money that went to the banks
did not go to lending; it was spent on the banks buying each other out,
quote:

“Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has said the money was aimed at
rebuilding banks’ reserves so that they would resume more normal lending
practices. But reports then surfaced that bankers might instead use the
money to buy other banks. Indeed, the government approved PNC Financial
Services Group Inc. to receive $7.7 billion in return for company stock
and, at the same time, PNC said it was acquiring National City Corp. for
$5.58 billion.”

(source: Yahoo News, article since deleted)

Then there is the case of the dying US automobile industry that went to
Capitol Hill with tears on their cheeks to beg for handouts for
themselves; after 3 decades of ever worsening business management and
ever worsening general quality of its produce; they had to go back home
two times, but as they say, three’s a charm, and they finally got their
double-digit-billion-bailout in the form of a loan. (Any bets on if it
will ever be paid back?)

Story of note why the “Big Three” bailout is foolish anyhow:

link:http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2008/11/18/93514/227

And now the latest from Bernanke, as quoted above, saying in effect that
the already-huge bailouts for banks and industry are not enough. Now, a
few comments.

First, I’m not saying that banking is a non-productive endavour, as some
other establishment critics and typically reds would have it. But it is
obvious that the federal-corporate banking symbiosis today serves the
interests of politicians and businessmen more than that of the public
and the regular customers of the banks.

Second, the banks and financial institutions are being bailed out
because they are already a privileged class; the ability to create
credit from thin air (which is what the banks do; that is part of their
business) is not something anybody can do. Only politically
rubber-stamped institutions can do that, and thus it is a very valuable
enterprise, which again means that there is a struggle to get such a
privilege. Those who pay, however, is the public, specifically the
working public, and in more than one way. (Can you survive as a “normal
citizen” in society today without a bank account? Can you be on a
company payroll without having an account at a bank?)

Third, it is a quite human, and I might add, social thing, to help your
friends and relatives, but when this cooperation takes place in the
halls of power (which is the entire point of what I’m writing here; of
course it does!), it’s happening at your expense. The pillars of a
corrupt establishment is being kept in place with your money.

(On the other hand, if you can somehow remain free of taxes, and thus
not contribute to this exploitative machinery, my hat is off to you!)

After the happenings of 2008, who can honestly say that they do not see
the nepotism of the back-and-forth exchanges between state and big
business, and how this does nothing good for themselves, their friends
and families?

Those that don’t see it, are blind. Those who see, but make excuses for
it, are naive. But those who do see it, and do excuse for it, have a
duty to start working to end this state of affairs. Yes, it may not be
possible to do much, but at least stop participating in the lie; that is
the first step.

Updated News Digest January 18, 2009 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous. We need men with courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death. When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death-that is heroism.”

                                                                                 – Robert Ingersoll

Fat Assed Neocon Slob Wants to Enslave American Youth to Kill Pakistanis

PIGS Caught on Video Murdering Innocent Civilian by Rad Geek

Punk Rock Bands Go on “Civil Disobedience” Tour 

Brad Spangler to Discuss Center 4 a Stateless Society on Live Radio 

If You’re in Richmond, March at the General Assembly on Wednesday

We Are All War Criminals by Francois Tremblay

Spain’s Last Anarchist 

Alliance Journal-new magazine from Chris Lempa 

The Coming Military Dictatorship in America by Gene Healy and Benjamin Friedman

The Revival of Local Alternative Currencies 

A Fresh Look at the Whiskey Rebellion by Carl Watner

Urban Warfare Training in Richmond 

The Paleos and the Peculiar Institution by Dylan Hales

Bush is a Bonehead by Pat Buchanan

America’s Shame by Paul Craig Roberts

Will the Government Turn to the Printing Press? by Paul Craig Roberts

The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class 

Oakland on Fire by Kara N. Tina

Russell Means Breaks the Silence on Obama by Brenda Norrell

From Vietnam to Gaza by Dave Lindorff

Economic Rescue from the Bottom Up 

The “Violence” of the Oscar Grant Riots 

Insurrection in San Francisco 

Economic Solutions from Mexico 

An Interview with Troy Southgate from Extreme Politics

Pure Propaganda by Philip Giraldi

Gaza Attack Was Long Planned by Jonathan Cook

Gaza is the Future  by Justin Raimondo

We Need an America First PAC to Counter the Israel Lobby by Juan Cole

Why Be Libertarian? by Murray Rothbard

Obama Acts Like a Neocon by Glenn Greenwald

Gaza and State Intellectuals by Karen Kwiatkowski

Repudiate the National Debt! by Murray Rothbard

Where Do Americans Stand on the Issues? from Media Matters

The Humiliation of America by Paul Craig Roberts

Pro-Life Death Merchants by Jack Hunter

America First by Jack Hunter

Prince Harry’s Hate Crime by Richard Spencer

Obama the Intellectual by Matthew Roberts

The GOP: More Marx Than Marx by Dylan Hales

No Defense by Dylan Hales

Murderous Oakland PIG Arrested 

Smash Things at Night 

Fattening the Rats by Dave Lindorff

Hezbollah Militants Chafe as Gaza Burns by Franklin Lamb

Washington or Mercer? by Patroon

Is Gaza the Revenge of Bush-Cheney? Eric Margolis interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Permanent Alliances with All, Friendship with None by Joshua Snyder

Obama Dines with Evil Neocons by Sam Stein

Half of Gazans are 13 or Younger by Dennis Kucinich

Richard Perle: Still Crazy After All These Years by Justin Raimondo

Why War? by Charles Pena

Israel Doesn’t Get Fourth Generation Warfare by Bill Lind

Bush’s Tortured Morality by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Not All Jews Agree with Israel’s Gaza  Actions by Antony Loewenstein

Israel’s Free Ride Ends by Michelle Goldberg

Pro-Israel Rally Descends into Calls for Wiping Out Palestinians by Max Blumenthal

How the U.S. Magnified Palestinian Suffering by Norman and Matthew Olsen

Bailouts, Double Standards, Hypocrisy by Kevin Carson

Easing the Transition to an Alternative Economy by Kevin Carson

Is Social Conservatism Necessary? by James Kalb

I’ll Decline “the West” by Richard Spencer

Neocons Embrace Change by Richard Spencer

Virginia Takes Constitutional Convention Stage by Chuck Baldwin

Obama’s Marijuana Prohibition Acid Test by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

Just Violence in Gaza? by Timothy Seidel

The State of Black America by Ron Jacobs

Obama and the Military-Industrial Complex by Karl Grossman

Zion Uber Alles 

Eradicating Hamas by Eric Margolis

Thomas Friedman: Terrorist Sympathizer by Glenn Greenwald

War on Terror Was Wrong by David Miliband

Communities Make Their Own Currencies 

What Does An Obama Administration Mean for Gun Rights? from the Independent Institute

Don’t the Secret Police Make You Feel Wonderful? by William Norman Grigg

Israel vs America by Justin Raimondo

Assessing the Bush Administration by Doug Bandow

It’s Hard to Be an Anti-Zionist Jew by Jeremy Sapienza

The End of an Error by Jack Hunter

The Israel Lobby Takes Off the Gloves by Taki Theodoracopulos

What Is Religion? by James Kalb

Israel, Ilana and the Paleos by Paul Gottfried

Israel, Ilana and I by Richard Spencer

Happy 200th, Pierre Joseph Proudhon 

On Distributism from No Third Solution

Alexander Cockburn Brings a Voice of Reason by Niccolo Adami

Hail to the Chief by Alexander Cockburn

Forecasting Obama by Joshua Frank

Prosecuting Bush and Cheney by Dave Lindorff

Who Runs America? by Brian Cloughley

The Facts About  Hamas and the War on Gaza by Norman Finkelstein

Republicans Staying the Course on Iraq by W. James Antle, III

Obama Should Seek Advice from Jimmy Carter by Ivan Eland

Is Ehud’s Poodle Acting Up? by Pat Buchanan

Letters from Gaza by Kenneth Ring

Israel and the United States by Frida Berrigan

Say No to Cops: The Case for Elimination and Reduction by William Buppert

A Real Discussion on TV of US Policy Towards Israel by Glenn Greenwald

Starbucks: A Zionist Entity  by Barbara Ferguson

 

 

                                             

Updated News Digest January 11, 2009 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“As a matter of priority the new generation of “Alternative” righties are decentralists and anti-imperialists first, and culture warriors second, if at all. To them the warfare state and erosion of civil liberties are vastly more important and relevant than the overturning of Roe v. Wade or the supposed “threat” of gay marriage. Furthermore, the primary cultural issue of interest to them is probably the decriminalization of marijuana, an issue where the paleo-friendly New Right of the 80’s would have been unsympathetic at best. ”

                                                                             -Dylan Hales

McGovern and the Right by Dylan Hales

Dumb is the New Smart by Robert Weissberg

Time to End the Second Prohibition by Charles Glass

The American Puppet State by Paul Craig Roberts

Will There Be a Recovery? by Paul Craig Roberts

Anarchy 101 by Wally Conger

Ecuador Repudiates Foreign Debt: It’s About Time by Kevin Carson

The Non-Aggression Principle and the Pauline Principle from LiberaLaw

Enforcing Rights in a Stateless Society from LiberaLaw

The Holocaust of Gaza 

The Creation of the Second Great Depression by Ron Paul

On Hamas Vs. Israel by Rad Geek

A Historical Perspective on the Events in Greece by Francois Tremblay

Bargaining Power from LiberaLaw

Proudhon on Justice and the Origin of Ideas by Shawn Wilbur

It’s All One Big Lie by Pam Martens

The Gaza Bloodbath  by Mike Whitney

Israel is Immune From Criticism by Brian Cloughley

Lawrence Auster Attacking Taki by Red Phillips

Fort Collins Banner Drop in Solidarity with Greek Uprising 

What’s Happening in Gaza? by Eric Margolis

Obama is Bush III by Kevin Gutzman

Fred Reed is a Breath of Fresh Air by Doug French

American Soviet TV and the Secret Police by Becky Akers

Bombing the Other by Glenn Greenwald

The Eco-Chicken Littles by Vin Suprynowicz

Rationalizing Gaza  by Justin Raimondo

Have Bush and the Neocons Ruined It for the Israelis? by Juan Cole

Pity the Poor Neocons by Robert Parry

Military Keynesianism to the Rescue? by Robert Higgs

Top Five Lies About Israel’s Assault on Gaza by Jeremy R. Hammond

Obama’s Bay of Pigs by Michael Carmichael

The Afghan Quagmire by Bob Herbert

Why Aren’t More Americans Dancing to Israel’s Tune? by Max Blumenthal

Bush’s Last War Crime by Robert Dreyfuss

Attack on Gaza: As Usual U.S., Media, Liberals Silent by Greg Mitchell

Forces of Totalitarian Humanist Therapeutic Statism Move in Virginia

The Case Against Adolescence by Doug French

Good News for 4GW Fighters, Bad News for States by William Lind

Baltimore Police Shield Identity of PIGS Who Kill and Maim Citizens 

Dying to Win Robert A. Pape Interviewed by Scott Horton

The Empire Shrugs by Alan Bock

Israel Attacks Schools, Ambulances by Mel Frykberg

The Real Value of the Standing Army by Jacob Hornberger

Neoconservatism in the Obama Age by Patrick Krey

Why Do So Few Speak Up for Gaza? by Robert Scheer

Why Do They Hate the West So Much, They Will Ask by Robert Fisk

Many Americans Do Love Their Police State by J. D. Tuccille

Cut the Pentagon ‘Til It’s a Triangle by John Zmirak

Advertising is Rape by Robert Stacy McCain

The Vermont Gold Train Token: Alternative to Financial Disaster by Robert Gray

The End of White America? by Hua Hsu

“America Should Be On Neither Side” by Ron Paul

What Kind of Security Will This Barbarism Bring Israel? by Saree Makdisi

Bend Over, Professor Dershowiz, It’s Time for Your Checkup by Franklin Lamb

America’s Other Glorious War by William Blum

Subcomandante’s Marcos’ Speech on Gaza

PIGS Kill Unarmed Man in His Driveway 

PIGS Attack Mentally Handicapped Woman 

PIGS Kill Man Already in Custody

Therapeutic Statist General Says No on Marijuana Legalization 

Sheriff Jailed for Starvation of Inmates

Resistance to the PIGS in Oakland

Ending Tyranny Without Violence by Murray Rothbard

America, Land of Opportunity by Don Cooper

Do You Have the Guts to Be a Gun Owner? by Mike Gaddy

The Bubble of Middle East Dominance by William Norman Grigg

The Department of Injustice by Glenn Greenwald

Making Wall Street More Crooked by Bob Murphy

How to Read a Society by Theodore Dalrymple

Holocaust Denied by John Pilger

The Lessons of Gaza by Andrew Bacevich

Neoconservatism Dies in Gaza by Juan Cole

Israel’s Looming Catastrophe by Robert Parry

Obama: Listen to Iraqi Opinion by Eric Stoner

This Brutality Will Never Break Our Will to be Free by Khalid Mish’al

Obama May Follow Bush’s Foreign Policy by Stephen Kinzer

Right and Left, Diaspora Jews More Critical of Israel Than Ever by Anshel Pfeffer

Obama Is Losing A Battle He Doesn’t Know He’s In by Simon Tisball

The Difficulty of Being an Informed American by Paul Craig Roberts

A Damn Foolish Thing: Why Israel Loses Asymmetric Wars by Richard Spencer

Israel: The Bernid Madoff of Countries by Taki Theodoracopulos

Weyrich and Huntington: Rebels of the Establishment by Marcus Epstein

A War of Democracies by Grant Havers

Porn: A Cherished American Industry by Richard Spencer

Response to Lawrence Auster by Paul Gottfried

Two Cheers for George McGovern? by Daniel McCarthy

McGovern and the Neocons by Dylan Hales

Can Anyone Ever Consent to the State? by Rad Geek

Rebellion 

Montreal Activists Evict Israeli Consulate 

New National-Anarchist Website for Australia/New Zealand

An Interview with French New Right Intellectual Christian Bouchet

Anarchist Beach Cleaning from Bay Area National Anarchists

We Need Constitutional, Not Just Economic, Recovery by Paul Craig Roberts

Andrew Sullivan: Israeli Stooge by Justin Raimondo

Oakland Anti-PIG Insurrection Continues 

The Real Global Warming Threat by David Gordon

The Inevitable U.S. Defeat in Afghanistan by Ron Shirtz

The Same Old Change by Justin Raimondo

An Unnecessary War by Jimmy Carter

The Ten Biggest Problems Facing African-Americans Today from AfroChat

R.I.P. Ron Asheton

Living Through New Deal II by Lew Rockwell

Israel is Committing War Crimes by George E. Bisharat

We Can No Longer Afford the Empire by Ivan Eland

Winners and Losers in the Gaza Strip by Jesse Walker

Democrats/Republicans Cheer for Israel’s War by Glenn Greenwald

Set Up Your Own Cooperative Community 

Our World Needs a Klaatu Nikto by Flavio Goncalves

Counterattacking the Smearbund by Paul Gottfried

Inflation as Income Distribution by Sheldon Richman

It’s Time to Bring Back the Gold Standard by Thomas N. Naylor

Why Greek Youths Took to the Street by Valia Kaimaki

Oakland’s Not for Burning by George Ciccariello-Maher

Israel’s Onslaught on Gaza: Criminal and Stupid by Alexander Cockburn

New Orleans PIGS Shoot Man 12 Times in the Back 

Starbucks Vs the IWW 

Deliberative vs Participatory Democracy and the Role of the News Media by Dain Fitzgerald

The Kind of Anarchist Movement I'd Like to See 2

In a previous post, I outlined my view that the radicals from the 60s  have won on virtually every issue, and that the kinds of values associated with 60s radicals aren’ t all that radical anymore, but are actually rather mainstream and normal. Given the demise of Communism and the institutionalization of both social democracy and 60s-era cultural politics, it would seem that a new direction for radicals is necessary, and that such efforts would likely emerge from one or another of the libertarian camps. The surprisingly energetic nature of the Ron Paul campaign in late 2007 and early 2008 is symptomatic of this.

For some time, I held to the position that before there could be a serious anti-state movement there first needed to be a more solid intellectual foundation for anti-state radicals. At the time, libertarianism was limited largely to the bourgeoisie economics of the libertarian-right, and the warmed over Marxism, both economic and cultural, of the left-wing anarchists. More specifically, I realized that an effective radical anti-statist movement would have to have as its primary targets the forces of the State, particularly the police state that taken control of American society over the past few decades, the economic arm of the State, which is the corporate and banking system whose activities have also grown more pernicious in recent years, and lastly the American Empire, which is responsible for roughly 8 million deaths over the last 60 years of its existence. Unfortunately, most of the anti-state movements were fixated on other issues, whether the welfare state for right-libertarians or traditional forms of social prejudice (“racism, sexism, homophobia”) for much of the libertarian left.

To be sure, there have been happy exceptions. One of these in the paleolibertarian movement, which is far more radical in its critique of the State and its emanations that most of its classical liberal counterparts. Another is the militia movement of the 1990s, which was big on attitude but unfortunately short on intellectual substance. Still another is National-Anarchism, which offers potential correctives to various deficiencies in other forms of anti-authoritarian thought.  I have considered all of these to be embryos for a new kind of radicalism that might possibly emerge at some point in the future.

Just as important, however, has been the emergence of some major theoretical works, some of them from outside the various libertarian milieus, that can inform both our ideological and our strategic outlook in the future. One of these is Martin Van Creveld’s work on the origins and demise of the nation-state system. Still another is Bill Bishop’s “The Big Sort,” which indicates that Americans are creating the sociological infrastructure for a future anarcho-pluralist system, and they’re doing it all on their own, without any imput from anarchists. Additionally, we have functional models of what the politics of anarcho-pluralism might actually be in practice in the form of the many micronations currently in existence, for instance, Iceland, Liechtestein, Monaco, Luxemborg and Andorra, and the many functional intentional communities from around the world, ranging from Israel’s kibbutzim to South Africa’s Orania community.

On economic matters, the 21st century now has its own Proudhon in the person of Kevin Carson, whose work provides a magnificent continuation and synthesis of the classical anarchists, Marx, the Austrians, Rothbard, the decentralists, the distributists and others who have come before. Finally, anarchists can answer Keynes and Friedman, Marx and Mises. We also have functional alternative economic models in the form of Brazil’s Semco and Spain’s Mondragon cooperative federation.

On military matters, we have “fourth generation warfare” theory of the kind advanced by Van Creveld and Bill Lind, and a working model of a fourth generation army and social infrastructure in the form of Hezbollah. We also have others who are tired of the “culture war” psychology that dominates much of the Right and Left alike, and is seeking out something more appropriately called “culture peace,” including Kirkpatrick Sale’s pan-secessionist movement and the national-anarchists, both of which are tendenies that recognize the legitimacy of a plurality of cultural foundations and value systems, as opposed to the totalitarianism implicit in both imperialism and left-wing universalism. Likewise, the Americans for Self-Determination Plan offers a constructive “third way” beyond both old-fashioned racism and the totalitarianism of modern liberal “anti-racism.”

The various manifestations of the modern states have already been subject to penetrating critiques. Aldous Huxley and to some degree George Orwell predicted what modern states would become, and the core features of these states-therapeutism, managerialism, mass democracy, military humanism-have been dissected by thinkers as diverse as Hans Hermann Hoppe, Thomas Szasz, Noam Chomsky, Michele Foucault, James Burnham, James Bovard, Richard Lawrence Miller, Erick von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Murray Rothbard, James Kalb, C.S. Lewis, Hannah Arendt, Paul Gottfried and Alain De Benoist.

An effort to synthesize libertarian anti-statism and class analysis has emerged in the works of Kevin Carson, Walter Williams on race issues, Charles Johnson, Shawn Wilbur and others. No less respectable a figure as Vincent Bugliosi has brought forth a compilation of compelling evidence that George W. Bush and his associates deliberately went to war in Iraq under fraudulent pretenses and deliberately mishandled the war against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. James Petras from the Left and John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt from the Center have produced comprehensive works documenting Israeli domination of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and they have done so without relying on the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of past times.

Another work that needs to be revisited is Walter Block’s classic “Defending the Undefendable.” In my own writings, I have mentioned a large number of political, cultural and economic scapegoats and outgroups that lack political representation, and might well be cultivated as constituent groups for a future anti-state movement. Similarly, now that conservatism, which claims to be the voice of opposition to “big government,”  is in shambles, at least some of the more radical or sincere constituents for conservatism might well be steered towards some sort of crypto-anarchism.

Ultimately, the only way that anarchists can eventually gain enough influence to finally topple the State, Capital and Empire, or at least severely curtail these, is to achieve leadership positions in much larger popular organizations, economic enterprises and political coalitions. Recent events in Greece have shown the potential social power of relatively small organized cadre of anarchists.  So how do we get this revolution going?

Cultural Radicalism Beyond Political Correctness 2

I’ve written rather critically of the cultural Left in the past. I do this for two primary reasons: 1) my view that left-wing concerns about matters like oppression of racial minorities, women, homosexuals, et al, while rooted in legitimate concerns and historical realities, have metamorphed into a new kind of authoritarianism, intolerance, and dogmatic fanaticism that is only now starting to become prevalent and will likely become more predatory in the future; and 2) my view that the contemporary emphasis on cultural politics from the Left has proven to be extremely destructive to the broader struggles against the forces of State, Capital and Empire.

I have had many brickbats thrown at me because I hold these positions. Some of the criticism on these matters I have received is rooted in simple disagreement or honest misunderstanding. Yet, much of the more vociferous hostility I have encountered seems to be rooted in dishonesty, mendacity, and hysteria, thereby proving my point.  I’m going to outline what I consider to be  the “proper” positions on cultural politics for libertarian radicals in the contemporary era. I say “proper,” in the sense of conformity to actual, tangible facts, relevance to the types of societies we find ourselves in, and the relationship of such questions to broader issues.

In looking around for examples of how the cultural Left typically thinks, an excellent example is a pamphlet in my possession published by a left-wing anarchist “collective” in my local community in 2002. I’m going to quote extensively from this pamphlet, and offer my own thoughts in response. The folks associated with this collective are very good people, some of whom I’ve known for over ten years, who have supported various projects of my own, whom I’ve appeared on television with, and who do very good work on many issues. In no way is any criticism I offer meant to convey hostility or personal attacks.  The first point of this left-wing anarchist manifesto calls “For An End to White Supremacy”:

We live in a culture that was founded upon the slavery of Africans, the genocide of indigenous people, and the brutal exploitation of people of color.

No disagreement so far, though there was plenty of “brutal exploitation” of white labor during early American history as well.

Since our culture has not come to terms with its white supremacist past we continue to live in a white supremacist present based upon the unrelenting economic exploitation of people of color, the mass imprisonment of black and Latino youth, and the privileging of white people and their value systems. Behind the creation and perpetuation of this white Euro-centric status quo is the drive to create profitable capitalist empire.

I thoroughly disagree that we are in a “white supremacist present” in the contemporary United States, at least as far as historic American “white supremacy” is concerned. If that were the case, a black man could not be elected President, people would not lose their jobs or public figures would not be subject to relentless opprobrium for perceived racist utterances. Nor would features such as affirmative action or sensitivity training be the institutional norms that they have become. Are people of color really subject to “unrelenting economic exploitation”? The urban underclass, which is mostly black and Hispanic, falls into this category, but so does the rural white lumenproletariat. What about the black middle class? What about the black professional class or wealthy, upper class blacks?

White people need to know that allowing people of color marginal participation in the dominant white culture is not true freedom.

The problem with a statement like this is that it ignores demographic realities. Blacks are only 12.5% of the U.S. population, so it is unlikely that blacks are ever going to be dominant or a numerical majority in institutions or social organizations. The exception would be those geographical areas where blacks are a demographic majority, and in large American cities where that is the case, black dominated local governments are quite frequently found.

People of color in North America have historically resisted their oppression and colonization by any and all means necessary. From slave revolts to riots against the police to union organizing to movements for control of their own destinies they have resisted their oppressors. The white status quo has historically conceded only what was necessary  to preserve their power and prevent the emergence of a revolutionary mass movement against white domination.

There’s no mention of what a “revolutionary mass movement against white domination” would actually involve.  So long as whites are a demographic majority, there’s only three possible ways to avoid “white domination.” One would simply be to import large numbers of non-white immigrants to such a degree that whites would no longer be a majority. Indeed, this seems to be one of the reason why the Left is rather enthusiastic about mass immigration. Yet, the consequences of such an action are likely to be quite severe. Historically, genuinely multicultural/multiethnic societies tend to be rather unstable and prone to outbursts of intercommunal violence. Oppression of minorities by majorities becomes less of an issue than persistent strife and even bloodshed between contending racial/ethnic power groups attempting to get the political upperhand. Another method might be to grant minorities political and economic privileges and power beyond that of their actual numbers. This has been done through such measures as antidiscrimination laws, affirmative action, electoral redistricting so as to guarantee a certain number of minority legislators, quotas and set asides, school “busing” policies, and many other such measures that are too numerous to mention. Yet, in spite of all of this, minority and/or left-wing claims of inequality still persist.

The third alternative may well prove to be the most satisfactory one. Towards the end of his life, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was apparently moving towards the idea of an independent black nation in North America, for the sake of achieving economic parity with the wider white society. Indeed, the level of wealth in the black community is already such that if black Americans were an independent nation, they would be one of the world’s more prosperous nations, comparable to many European or the more advanced Asian nations. Perhaps black sovereignty, and reparations for that purpose, will be the next phase of the movement for civil rights. The relative prosperity of black Americans may well be an obstacle to white embracement of reparations, as no living Americans ever owned slaves, and many were not even born when Jim Crow when still in effect. Still, there’s no denying that such past policies have prevented black prosperity of today from being what it otherwise would have been. If reparations were combined with elimination of statist social engineering policies concerning race relations, perhaps whites would not be as resistant.

We wholeheartedly support the needs and desires of people of color to organize in their own communities and workplaces free from the intrusion of the guilt-ridden consciences of white radicals. We recognize the ability of people of color to self determine their course in the world. People within the — — Collective who have white skin privileges will stand as allies and work in coalitions with people of color, when and only if, the people of color involved so desire.

Absolutely. I think the key phrase here is “when and only if, the people of color involved so desire.” Most radical groups in North American are predominately white, often exclusively so. The more rhetorically “anti-racist” they are the more all-white they seem to be. Racial minorities in North America who are politically motivated typically tend to prefer their own, separate political organizations. Some of these are obviously more about getting a bigger piece of the System, rather than overthrowing the System. But others aren’t, and it would seem the proper course of action would be to simply recognize and, when feasible, collaborate with black nationalists and related tendencies when mutually beneficial, with everyone otherwise going their own way. The emergence of groups such as Anarchist People of Color, the Lakota Republic, or the Pan-African International Movement would seem to be a positive development along these lines.

Another plank in my anarchist friends’ manifesto reads “For An End to All the Tentacles of the Patriarchy”:

We aim to shape a society based on equality, mutual respect, celebration of difference, and freedom from dominant patriarchal values and behaviors. Our society places value on labor, politics, and culture that benefits men, heterosexuals, and people who don’t bend the gender they were assigned at birth. Women, transgendered people…transvestites…transexuals…butch women…and feminine males..intersexed people… and sexual minorities (gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, etc. are in different ways oppressed by a patriarchal system that privilges the masculine, the “normative” heterosexual, and the “appropriately” gendered.

I think some qualification is in order here. As Justin Raimondo points out, certain sectors of the homosexual population are quite successful and prosperous. It’s also true that some within the “gay rights” movement have an authoritarian and destructive agenda of their own. Still, if freedom or liberty or anarchy means anything, it ought to mean the right to be different or to be a non-conformist, and there are some people who would not give a “sexual minority” a fair shake no matter what. While there’s always going to be a certain price attached to being “different,” as that’s the way human nature and human societies actually work, it is true that oppressions of this type have long been overlooked. There are religious non-conformists that have been persecuted in American history to various degrees-Quakers, Antinomians, Mormons, “witches,” Jehovah’s Witnesses, Moonies, Branch Davidians. There exists such groups today on the cultural level (drug users, for instance).  No reason exists why the oppression of sexual /gender outgroups cannot be opposed with the same vigor with which one might oppose religious persecution.

The patriarchy manifests itself in many visible ways; from the disparity of earning power between women and men…

There are reasons for this besides rank misogyny but there’s no identifiable reason why there cannot be a meritocracy whereby individual recognition is based on personal achievement and ability rather than group characteristics like gender. One of my favorite examples of such are the resistance movements in Latin America. Twenty percent of the FMLN of El Salvador’s fighting forces in the 1980s were females, and there were even all-female military units. At times, one third of the FARC of Colombia’s forces have been teenaged girls, and when it comes to leadership roles, there’s no denying the place of leaders like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman or Voltairine de Cleyre in the anarchist pantheon. Some of the most ferocious fighters in China’s Tai Ping rebellion in the 19th century were female warriors.

…to brutal hate crimes against queer and trans people…

Certainly, such crimes are despicable, yet they are only a very small portion of all the violent crime that occurs in America. The people who perpetrate such actions are not honored by society. Such actions often become national scandals and the perpetrators subject to arrest and lengthy terms of imprisonment. However, just as some people commit other acts of murder, robbery or rape inspite of laws, arrests and prosecutions ostensibly designed to prevent such behavior, “sexual minorities” continue to be victimized in such ways at times as well. Perhaps the Pink Pistols are the solution?

…to the inaccessibility of hormones and surgery for transsexual people…

Very few people today realize that the polio vaccine was developed without state funding. Instead, it was developed through a private foundation founded by FDR, with funds provided by the March of Dimes. Perhaps there could also be a “March of Dollars” to generate funding for gender reassignment surgery for trans people?

…to the constant fear of violence that many women feel on the streets…

The obvious solution here is more women who are skilled and trained in the use of weapons, including firearms, for self-defense, and the repeal of laws restricting self-defense. This should be an issue where anti-rape and anti-sex crime feminists and conservative gun rights activists can find common ground.

Simultaneously, the patriarchy operates in many “invisible” ways; from the way that we speak and interact intimately…

Sorry, but “intimate” relationships are a matter of interpersonal relations, whatever the issues that arise, not political matters.

…to the self loathing that many queer, intersexed people, transgendered people and women feel…

Psychological peace has to come from within. If you look to others or to society to provide it, you’ll be waiting a long time. It’s as simple as that.

…to eating disorders caused by sexist beauty standards…

Again, self-acceptance comes from within, not from without. All societies have “beauty standards” of some sort. An acquaintance of mine who is a specialist in Latin American history tells me the Mayans thought crossed-eyes were attractive. In some cultures, “plump” women are considered attractive. Such variations we will always have with us.

…to the feeling of entitlement that people socialized as male often feel…

And not just “people socialized as male.” The assholes ye shall always have with you.

As a first order of business, cultural radicals need to get past their tendency to act with reflexive hysteria whenever “conservative” social views or opinions not in line with left-wing orthodoxy are presented or expressed. The dichotomy between “change” and “tradition” or “reactionary” and “progressive” will always exist on some level. Any genuine libertarian philosophy must have freedom of thought, opinion, speech and honest and open debate as a foremost principle. Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance describes the intellectual atmosphere of Hans Hoppe’s annual gathering of the Property and Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey:

These conferences provide a time and a place where nothing is off limits. There are no forbidden subjects, no polite suggestions that whatever is being loudly debated over dinner by the swimming pool might be “inappropriate”. The only rule is the obvious one—that you listen to the other side before making reply.

These are conferences where social conservatives sit down with anarcho-libertarians, where Czechs and Chinese discuss where history went wrong, where English is the preferred language, but a knowledge of half a dozen other languages will frequently come in handy.

They are also conferences useful for what everyone nowadays describes blandly as networking, but what the old Marxists, with a more sinister and accurate turn of phrase, called “cadre building”. It is in Bodrum, every May, that the connections and ideas that will be the future of the libertarian movement are first to be perceived.

And so it should be.

Updated News Digest January 4, 2009 Reply

Quote of the Week:

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do. I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back. Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.”

-Leo Tolsoy

“The first step in dealing with violent psychopaths is to stop electing them.”

-Les Antman

NEW KEVIN CARSON BOOK NOW AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON!!

Industrial Policy: New Wine in Old Bottles by Kevin Carson

U.S. Polycracy: The Frightening Growth of the State by Ron Shirtz

Sue the P.C. Inquisitors for Libel? by Walter Block

Obama on the Attack on Gaza: “No Comment” by Joshua Frank

Genocide in the French Revolution by Henry Samuel

The State: Omnicompetent or Incompetent? by Theodore Dalrymple

Marty Peretz and the American Political Consensus on Israel by Glenn Greenwald

“Gaza Strike is Not Against Hamas, it’s Against all Palestinians” by Amira Hass

High Noon for the Israel Lobby by Phillip Weiss

Little Baghdad in Gaza by Amira Hass

Rumsfeld’s Legacy Andrew Cockburn interviewed by Scott Horton, Part One

Rumsfeld: War Criminal Andrew Cockburn interviewed by Scott Horton, Part Two

The Politics of the Gaza Massacre by Justin Raimondo

Top Ten Myths About Iraq, 2008 by Juan Cole

Bush Continues to Inflame Islamic Terrorism by Ivan Eland

Bush Winks at Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza; Obama/Clinton Silent by Matthew Rothschild

Eartha Kitt: Antiwar Patriot by John Nichols

Does Israel Represent the Jewish People? by Dan Lieberman

Gorbachev’s Model for Obama by James Carroll

Attack on Gaza: Self-Defense or Mass Murder? by Greg Mitchell

The Neoconservatism of Obama’s Foreign Policy Cabinet by Josh Xiong

Bush and His Cronies Must Face a Reckoning by Jonathan Freedland

India: Let Kashmir Go by Bennett Ramberg

Pipeline Politics in Ukraine Boston Globe

Guantanamo Whistleblower Stephen Abraham interviewed by Andy Worthington

Delusions of Victory in Gaza by Zvi Barel

Obama Fiddles While Gaza Burns by Robert Dreyfuss

Bush: Still Delusional and Unrepentant by Austin Bramwell

All That Glitters: A Financial History of the World by David Gordon

May We No Longer Be Silent by Paul Craig Roberts

Israel and Ron Paul by Dylan Hales

Spot the Santa Imposter from Thus Spoke Belinsky

Forget Bretton Woods II-We Need a Gold Standard by Walker Todd

Israel’s Attempted Endgame in Gaza by Jennifer Loewenstein

Exception from Humanity: The War Against Palestine by George Salzman and Manuel Garcia, Jr.

The Ten Worst Corporations of 2008 by Robert Weissman

A Hunded Eyes for an Eye by Norman Solomon

What Exactly is Israel’s Mission? by Neve Gordon

The Banks Laugh All the Way to the Bank by Rob Larson

End of NeoLiberalism? Sorry, Not Yet by Patrick Bond

Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S. by Andrew Osborn

Like the Romans, So Go the Americans by Tim Case

Doctors Agree: Police Are Bad for Your Health

The Left, The Right and The State by Lew Rockwell

Pacifying Gaza by Ran HaCohen

Neocons, New York Times Want More War, Torture by Philip Giraldi

Bill White to Remain in Jail Until Trial

Virginia Senator Wants to Reform Prison System

Canadia Neocons by Larry Gambone

War: What’s It Good For? Proudhon on War and Peace by Shawn Wilbur

The Struggle Continues in Greece

Israeli Navy Attacks Gaza Relief Ship in International Waters

Rooting for the Overdog by Harrison Bergeron2

The Gaza Ghetto and Western Cant by Tariq Ali

Will Cheney Seek a Pardon? by Dave Lindorff

The End of the Green Party by John Walsh

A Blow Against the PC Inquisitors by Chris Clancy

Ron Paul in 2012?

KopBusters! Heroic Ex-PIG Atones for Past Sins

Israel’s Constant Crisis by Justin Raimondo

Why Lightning Hasn’t Struck Twice by Charles Pena

Somalia: The Forgotten Front of the War on Terror by Stephen Smith

Who’s Afraid of U.S.-Iran Detente by Muhammed Sahimi

Children and the Existence of Rights by Jan-Patrick Bollstrom

An Interview with Wendell Berry

Forward: A Magazine from Syria

Anarchist Philosopher Crispin Sartwell

The First Casualty of Israel’s War by Todd Honderich

What is Hamas, Really? by Ron Jacobs

Greece: Burn, Baby, Burn!

McGovern Beats Nixon by Daniel McCarthy

The Problem of Oligopoly from No Third Solution

George McGovern Conservatives by Paul Gottfried

The Subsidized Roads/Zoning Feedback Loop from Rationalitate

Proudhon on Justice as the Definition of Philosophy from Shawn Wilbur

More on Proudhon and Justice

The True Story Behind This War is One Israel is Not Telling by Johann Hari

The Loathsome Smearing of Israel’s Critics by Johann Hari

2009 is Going to be a Humdinger by Richard Spencer

2009: The More Things “Change”… by Jack Hunter

The Gaza Massacre by Taki Theodoracopulos

The Ten Best Survival Vehicles

The U.S. and Israel: George Washington Was Right by Glenn Greenwald

The Arrogant Self-Righteousness of Vichy Liberalism by L.K. Samuels

Compassionate Statism by Bill Butler

Stop Foreign Aid to Israel (and everywhere else!) by Jacob Hornberger

Torture, Slaughter and Lies by Brian Cloughley

War Will Not Bring Peace to Afghanistan by Deborah Storie

What Next on Israel/Gaza? Why Should Americans Care? by Daniel Levy

Gaza: Where Civilians Become Targets by Andrea Becker

Closing Guantanamo by Joanne Mariner

To a Nation Under Siege: Happy 2009 by Kelley Vlahos

Understanding Gaza by Tony Garon

Unfair and Unbalanced: The U.S. Response to Gaza by Wajahat Ali

Media Banned from Gaza as Humanitarian Crisis Esclatates by Mel Frykberg

Party to Murder by Chris Hedges

Cynthia McKinney: Anti-Imperialist Hero by Jeremy Sapienza

Obama Golfs While Gaza Burns

From Kansas City to Palestine: End All Occupations

Underreported Struggles from Around the World

If Hamas Did Not Exist by Jennifer Loewenstein

Blacks in Favor of the War on Blacks (the Drug War) by TGGP

Rebranding Anarchism from Bay Area National Anarchists

Two Police Shootings from AnarchoNation

Another Brutal Year for Liberty by Glenn Greenwald

Roads Without the State by Bart Frazier

Voluntary Government by Mike Rozeff

On Being An Israeli Arab by Charles Featherstone

Coming Soon: The Disunited States? by Doug Bandow

Huffington Post: Israeli-Occupied Territory by Justin Raimondo

The Real Goal of the Slaughter in Gaza by Jonathan Cook

Gaza Attacks: Murder with Impunity by Mustafa Qadri

So What Have the Palestinians Got to Complain About? by Mark Steel

Black Oak: A Journal of Mid-American Culture

Libertarians for Animal Rights

Save Your Candles-The Dark Ages Are Coming! by Justin Raimondo

What Became of Western Morality? by Paul Craig Roberts

Blago Raises the Stakes by Pat Buchanan

An Agorist Primer by Brad Spangler

Justice: On the Quality of the Philosophical Mind by Pierre Joseph Proudhon

Greek Uprising: Echoes of ’68 by Chris Spannos

Update on Lori Berenson

Greece: Reports from the New Year

Diary of 2008 by Alexander Cockburn

The Economy is Worse Than it Appears by P. Sainath

Retrieving an Asian American Anarchist Tradition by Jane Mee Wong

Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright by Dee C. Lubell

Against Head Shop Raids by Norm Kent

We Live to Tell the Story by Cynthia  McKinney

Obama, Afghanistan and Israel by Robert Fantina

Does Law Require Legislation? by Murray Rothbard

Born at Wounded Knee by William Norman Grigg

The Climate Scammer Vs. Asthmatics by Vin Suprynowicz

Obama’s Black Widow by Barack Obama

Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Is Israeli Policy Crazy? by Ivan Eland

Gaza Clouds Obama’s Prospects by Robert Scheer

The Political Consequences of Uncovering Genocide in Canada by Larry Gambone

Mad Max Rides Again from Wally Conger

The 60s Radicals Have Won-Now What? 16

Forty years ago, in the summer of 1968, leftist radicals fought the police outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Four years later, these same New Left forces went into the Democratic Party, seized control of its nomination process, and put George McGovern on the presidential ticket. The result was the biggest defeat of a major party candidate in modern American history, surpassing even the Goldwater and Mondale debacles of 1964 and 1984. For decades afterward, as the cultural Left consolidated its position in the Democratic Party (and other places, like the mass media and academia), the Democrats fuctioned as an often seemingly irrelevant opposition party, achieving victory only when they put up a couple of previously obscure frying pan governors as candidates.

As Republicans continued to win elections, the cry from the Right was a persistent, “The Sixities are over!” as if the radical Left had finally been vanquished for good. The Right was saying this as recently as 2004, when a former celebrity of the anti-Vietnam War movement, John Kerry, headed up the Democratic Party ticket, obtaining forty-eight percent of the vote. The radical Left was a fringe movement in the late 1960s, comprised of politically marginalized and socially outcast racial minorites, feminists, homosexuals, environmentalists, student radicals, leftist intellectuals, counterculturalists and the antiwar movement. Now, forty years later, what was marginal in 1968 is normal, mainstream and a cultural majority at the end of 2008.

The electoral victory of Barack Obama symbolizes the culmination of the long march from the streets of Chicago to full institutionalization of the radical Left of a previous era. That Obama, the individual, is more of a centrist than a leftist and was only a child in 1968 is less significant than what he represents. The 68ers have now seized the establishment and those who insisted the establishment could never be trusted have become the establishment.

On virtually every issue, the radical Left of the 1960s has either won or is in the process of winning. Racism? Despite the claims of “anti-racist” professionals who insist that Nazis are hiding under every bed, racism is at an all-time low. Blacks are only 12.5 percent of the U.S. population, and have a lengthy history as an outgroup, yet a black man wins the presidency. If hatred of blacks was particularly common, the Obama presidency would be impossible. Sexism? The woman who is to become the next Secretary of State is a woman who personally epitomizes 70s era feminism. The class of urban professional women has grown exponentially in recent decades. Even the vice-presidential candidate of the ostensibly “conservative” party was a woman, something that would have been virtually unthinkable forty years ago. A friend of mine’s mother was told as a child that her ambition to become a doctor was inappropriate because of her gender. Today, such sentiments would be laughable. As an illustration, the daughter of the Reverend Jerry Falwell, the man who for many symbolized anti-60s social conservatism, is now a physician. Gay rights? Homosexuals are more out of the closet, more socially integrated and have more “rights” than ever before. Anti-gay marriage referendums continue to pass, but do so by a smaller margin each time they come up for vote, with the real source of the conflict being generational in nature. The gay rights movement will eventually win on that issue as well. In the 1950s, homosexual relationships were considered a serious felony, like drug use in the present era. Today, not only does gay culture thrive in American cities, but even mainsteam bookstores like Barnes & Noble feature entire sections of literature devoted to gay issues. Such materials would likely have been banned under obscentity laws prior to the late 60s or early 70s.

Environmentalism? One of the world’s leading advocates of environmental causes, who obtained a Nobel Prize for his efforts, was very nearly elected President of the United States in 2000. Student radicalism? Many of the student rebels of the 1960s are now tenured academics, and there is no place in American society where the far Left is more secure than in academia. The sexual revolution? This has proven to be every bit as enduring as the civil rights revolution. Very few Americans even remember that some states had laws prohibiting contraceptive devices in the 1960s. Pornography and adult entertainment are now almost as mainstream as rock and rap music.

What about the antiwar movement? Surely, some might think, the present war in Iraq illustrates a failure of the radical Left is this area. Well, not really. In the early days of the Vietnam War, it was physically dangerous to oppose the war. Early antiwar protests typically required police protection, and the protestors were happy to have the cops present to ward off vigilante attacks from gung ho patriots. When the Gulf of Tonkin resolution was passed, it did so unanimously in the House of Representatives, and with only two dissenters in the Senate.

The number of casualties on the American side has yet to be one-tenth of what they were in Vietnam, yet public opinion turned against the war at the first site of blood, and this was in spite of the fact that September 11 had occurred only a few years earlier. It is politically impossible to impose war taxes, which is why the System is financing the war with inflation, deficit spending and foreign loans. The draft is likewise politically impossible and, indeed, the fact that there has been no draft since the Vietnam era marks yet another profound victory for the radical Left of the time. The present Iraq war, the public disgust generated by the neoconservatives and the Bush crowd, the national bankruptcy produced by Bush policies and the ineptness of the U.S. at fighting modern, “fourth generation” guerrilla armies have likely rendered further major imperial expeditions like Vietnam or Iraq impossible for the forseeable future. Yes, some piss ant Clintonesque imperialisms like those in Haiti or Kosovo may continue (with the added irony of former Vietnam War protestors defending these in the name of “humanitarian” war), and these will likely end only when the present regime finally dissolves, but the empire is on its last legs and its days are likely numbered. 

Indeed, even the “conservatism” of the present time is “liberal” compared to the pre-1960s period. Ronald Reagan did not govern appreciably to the right of John F. Kennedy. Reagan’s wars in Central America were simply a repeat of Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs and early involvement in Vietnam. George W. Bush has not governed to the right of Lyndon Johnson, presiding over the same kind of failed combination of joint extension of the warfare and welfare states as LBJ. The present day leadership of the Republican Party are the neoconservatives, who were on the far left end of the Democratic Party in the 1960s, the so-called “state department socialists.” What about the Religious Right? There is no group around more consistently demonized by the Left, and the literature of the Left is full of wild claims concerning an imminent theocratic coup by the Religious Right. The reality is that the Religious Right are simply convenient scapegoats for the Left and useful idiots for the Right. In the thirty years that the Religious Right has been an organized political movement, it has achieved nothing concerning any of its major issues. Putting prayer back into public schools? There are arguably more restrictions on religious practice and expression in state institutions than ever before. Banning abortion? A comprehensive anti-abortion referendum could not pass popular vote even in conservative South Dakota, and with Obama likely appointing the next members of the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade is probably secure. Tuition tax credits or vouchers for private religious schools? It ain’t happening.

Jews are another traditional American outgroup, who were at times excluded from some social organizations and institutions until the civil rights era. Today, ethnic Jews own the majority of the major media companies, and the Israel Lobby is by far among the most powerful in the U.S government, essentially controlling U.S. policy in the Middle East. Yet, merely pointing out these facts invite sshrill accusations of the new “Scarlet A” of anti-Semitism. Prior to 1965, the U.S. maintained a racially restrictive immigration policy, which has since been liberalized remarkably. America was ninety percent white in 1960. Today, the U.S. is only sixty-eight percent white, and proposed policies to so much as deny welfare state benefits to illegal immigrants are denounced as racist and xenophobic.

Indeed, the only area where the radical Left is losing is in the area of so-called “criminal justice.” The U.S. police state has expanded dramatically in recent decades, and the “War on Drugs” and enforcement of other “consensual crime” laws have largely been the foundation of this, and has produced a corresponding prison-industrial complex. The execution rate in the U.S.  is also unusually high for a modern, democratic, industrialized nation. 

Though the Left has achieved complete or nearly complete victory on just about every issue, the Left will never admit as much. Sixties radicalism has become what any other movement becomes once it is institutionalized. The purpose of the Left today is to simply perpetuate its own existence and its own vested interests. For this reason, invisible armies of racists, sexists, homophobes and theocrats must constantly be said to be hiding behind every rock or tree. Heretics who dissent from left-wing orthodoxy on any number of matters must be constantly sought out for denunciation, repression or persecution.

This brings us to the question of what it really means to be a radical in 21st century North America. How “radical” is it to simply espouse anti-racism, feminism, gay rights, environmentalism and other run of the mill “progressive” causes? Are such things “radical” or are they mainstream, status quo and now establishmentarian in nature?

Is attacking the supposed “racism”  of a Don Imus or a James Watson really the act of a dissident? Or would it be the “radical” thing to do  to champion the rights of freedom of speech, religion or association for those with beliefs and opinions that dissent from liberal orthodoxy? Is it “radical” to persistently denounce groups like the Klan or Neo-Nazis that everyone hates anyway, or would it be more “radical” to expose supposed humanitarian do-gooders like the SPLC or the ADL for the frauds they are? What would be more cutting edge or “going against the flow,” to denounce “sexism” in the manner of an establishment liberal like Gloria Steinem or to defend academic and intellectual liberty for the likes of Walter Block? As far as defending outgroups goes, are groups like homosexuals, immigrants, minorities or women really “outgroups” in contemporary society? Would it not be far more radical and far more shocking to the establishment to defend gun-toting rural rednecks, drug-dealing inner-city ghetto dwellers, home schoolers and truants, practicioners of alternative medicine, strange religious sects, drug users, prostitutes and convicts, or avowedly separatist indigenous people like the Lakota Republic? What would be a greater outrage, a protest demonstration led by commie cults like the Workers World Party, or the formation of citizen militias, common law courts and secessionist movements? What would be more rebellious in nature, a recycling program or civil disobedience demanding the right to smoke in private bars and clubs, thereby giving the finger to the therapeutic state? What is more truly radical, agitating for gay marriage or a riot against the police state and prison-industrial complex similar to that which recently transpired in Greece?

The anwers to these questions are clear enough.

Updated News Digest December 28, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

” I want to make a summing up, brief and to the point, but thorough. I have never suppressed a word in my books out of regard for other people and their prejudices.”

-John Henry MacKay

Tribal Anarchism, Part One by Death Sipheroth

Tribal Anarchism, Part Two

Tribal Anarchism, Part Three

Tribal Anarchism, Part Four

Tribal Anarchism, Part Five

Taxpayers in Revolt by Doug French

The Meaning of the National Debt by Bill Sardi

Madoff Explained by Lew Rockwell

Training Occupation Troops for America by William Norman Grigg

Cooling Is Warming by Vin Suprynowicz

How Somali Pirates Will Save US from a Depression by Tim Swanson

Put Virtue on Your VISA by John Zmirak

Pink Xmas by Paul Belien

George W. Bush, Protectionist by Pat Buchanan

Defending the Truly Undefendable by Marcus Epstein

Who’s the Christmas Grinch? by Paul Gottfried

Dropping the “C” Word by E. Christian Kopff

Banking Demystified by Doug French

A Badge of Dishonor by Paul Hein

Prohibition Increases Potency

Reason Sells Out to Inflationists

Herod’s Henchmen by Laurence Vance

America Needs to Go to Rehab by Eric Margolis

On the Death of Deep Throat by Pat Buchanan

A Tale of Two Giants by Dylan Hales

Reason Magazine, Populism and Ron Paul by Dylan Hales

Soldiers Against War by John Denson

Torture USA by Glenn Greenwald

Here Come the Progressives! by Justin Raimondo

The “Coup” That Wasn’t by Justin Raimondo

The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney by Andy Worthington

Feinstein: Bad Choice for Intel by Stephen Zunes

Where Have All the Neocons Gone? by Jacob Heilbrunn

Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration by Scott Horton

Dismantling the Imperial Presidency by Aziz Huq

Habeus Corpus Barely Saved by Sheldon Richman

Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Steven Chapman

Turning a Blind Eye to War Crimes by Brad Friedman

Cold War Shivers by Eric Walberg

Cheney’s Legacy of Deception by Dick Cheney

Israeli Spies’ ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card Philip Giraldi interviewed by Scott Horton

Iraq Wins the Iraq War Patrick Cockburn interviewed by Scott Horton

World War Two Was Bad for the Economy Thomas Woods interviewed by Scott Horton

Manufacturing Dissent Glen Greenwald interviewed by Scott Horton

Government Without Laws by Ralph Nader

Obama and the Graveyard of Empires by Gary Leupp

Nixon’s Cambodian Shock Treatment by Howard Lisnoff

The Bill of Rights: Killed in Action by the War on Drugs by Michael Dee

Welcome to Soup Kitchen America by Richard Rhames

Are Magazines a Thing of the Past?

A Road to Revolution? by Uri Gordon

Open Letter of Support for the Uprising in Greece

San Francisco Greek Solidarity March

An Interview with a Greek Anarchist

Republic Magazine: Issue # 11

Anarchy in Philadelphia

Rich Countries Carry Out 21st Century Land Grab by Debora Mackenzie

The History of Processed World

Open Capital: The Sharing of Risk and Reward

En Route to Military Rule by William Norman Grigg

Two Dangerous Bush-Cheney Myths by Robert Parry

Back to “Globalism” by Gordon Prather

100 Tons of US/Israeli Bombs Dropped on Gaza by Bay Area National Anarchists

The Medusa’s Head by Alexander Cockburn

Riots Push Greece to the Edge by Malcolm Brabant

Obama is Not a Latent Lefty by Paul Street

Left-Wing Authoritarianism lecture by Tammy Bruce

Artificial womb allows embryos to grow outside the body Reply

Robin McKie
The Observer

Men redundant? Now we don’t need women either

Doctors are developing artificial wombs in which embryos can grow outside a woman’s body. The work has been hailed as a breakthrough in treating the childless.

Scientists have created prototypes made out of cells extracted from women’s bodies. Embryos successfully attached themselves to the walls of these laboratory wombs and began to grow. However, experiments had to be terminated after a few days to comply with in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) regulations.

‘We hope to create complete artificial wombs using these techniques in a few years,’ said Dr Hung-Ching Liu of Cornell University’s Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility. ‘Women with damaged uteruses and wombs will be able to have babies for the first time.’

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Updated News Digest December 21, 2008 2

Quote of the Week:

“All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both.”

“Every step in human progress, from the first feeble stirrings in the abyss of time, has been opposed by the great majority of men. Every valuable thing that has been added to the store of man’s possessions has been derided y them when it was new, and destroyed by them when that had the power. They have fought every new truth ever heard of, and they have killed every truth-seeker who got in to their hands.”

-H. L.  Mencken

The Old Right and the Anti-Christ by Richard Spencer

Our Ponzi Economy by Peter Schiff

Cui Bono with the Bailouts? by Paul Gottfried

It’s Hoover Time! by Pat Buchanan

Wars on Common Sense by Jack Hunter

New Constitutional Convention=New Declaration of Independence? by Chuck Baldwin

The U.S. Criminal Justice System is Collapsing by Paul Craig Roberts

A  Brief Note on the Evil of the Neocons by Dylan Hale

The Revolution Continues in Greece

Proudon’s Second Letter by Shawn Wilbur

Greece: Pictures from the 2nd Week of Protest

Insurrection is the Present and the Future!

Greece: Something is Happening

Pushing Pakistan Over the Edge by Peter Lee

Each Shoe Was Worth a Thousand Words by Patrick Cockburn

Why Hezbollah Stiffed Carter by Franklin Lamb

Obama and the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Jeff Halper

A Forgotten Genocide: The Case of Spain by Vicente Navarro

It Thundered and Lightinged and the Rain Began to Fall by Thomas Naylor

$2000 Gold and Secession Gerald Celente interviewed by Lew Rockwell

John Edison, Jr.: The Poster Child for Tyranny by Trevor Bothwell

Police Have Killed 400 with Tasers Since 2001

What Happened to the Libertarian Party? David interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Crisis-Mongers by Justin Raimondo

Israel’s Get Out of Jail Free Card by Philip Giraldi

Who Guards the Guardians? by Nat Hentoff

Dick Cheney’s Fantasy World by Scott Ritter

Ready for Revolution? by Alex R. Knight III

Incoherent Empire: The Case for Getting Out of NATO by Doug Bandow

Obama’s War by Pat Buchanan

What Good is Wall Street? by Tom Piatak

Hip Natives Out-Economize Foreign Squares

Proudhon’s Projects by Shawn Wilbur

Barack Obama and Rick Warren by Stonewall

Deindustrialization Killing GOP in North by Patroon

Is Social Conservatism Dead? by Stonewall

Solidarity with the Greek Insurrection

Support for Greek Uprising in Syracuse

Greek Union Offices Occupied

Solidarity with Greek Revolutionaries in NYC

An Ethnic Cleansing in America by Alexander Cockburn

Days of Rage in Greece by Panos Petrou

Prosecuting Bush and Cheney for Torture by Dave Lindorff

President Meathead by Missy Beattie

PIGS Assault 12-Year-Old Girl

Family Victimized by PIGS Fights Back

Unemployment at 16.5%

Military Dictatorship Updates

Tax Resistance and the Depression David Beito interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Flying Shoes, Bursting Bubbles by William Norman Grigg

The Great Global Warming Swindle?

The Medical-Industrial Complex by John McDougall interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Bubble of Empire by Justin Raimondo

Committing War Crimes for the “Right” Reasons by Glenn Greenwald

What Obama Doesn’t Know by Nat Hentoff

Will War Crimes Be Outed? by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

Land of the Free to Torture and Imprison without Trial by Brian Cloughley

The U.S. and Iran Gareth Porter interviewed by Scott Horton

An Agorist Take on the Greek Rebellion

Therapeutic State Undermines Freedom of Conscience (and some libertarians think that’s fine) by Ronald Bailey

Colorado Bank Attacked in Solidarity with Greece

San Francisco Action in Support of Greek Uprising

The Fed-Bankster Rip-Off by Murray Rothbard

Democracy, American-Style by Jacob Hornberger

Excluded Democracy by Ralph Nader

The Fascist PIG Arpaio

Actual Consumer Protection

Of Mistresses and Misplaced Outrage by Robert Stacy McCain

Greece and the Insurrections to Come

Greece Solidarity Rally in Toledo

“Greek Syndrome’ is Catching as Youth Take to Streets

What’s Wrong with Being “Bourgeois”?

Updated News Digest December 14, 2008 Reply

Quotes of the Week:

“Something is happening to this country. It still has a lot going for it’s friendly people, great diners, good blues, country bands, widespread availability of illegal drugs. But the government is out of control. Everything is illegal and watched. It’s getting so you can’t shoot cats from a car window with a twelve-gauge any more. Who wants to live in that kind of world? We’ll all probably be overrun by cats, drown in them.”

-Fred Reed

“Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.”

-Marquis de Sade

“”He looked into anarchy, he looked past the voluntarily organized anarchy of Proudhon and Tolstoy, he looked into chaos itself, and he said, yes, even that, I will accept even that, before I will bend the knee to any Authority that claims to own me.”

-Robert Anton Wilson on the Marquis de Sade

“Nationalism is often mistaken for militarism and utilized in the name of centralizing political authority, but the real nations, as opposed to the territories marked out on official maps, are the ethnic, religious, and geographical allegiances that form natural bonds between people. The emerging world state is naturally hostile to these. It prefers to deal with a homogenized mass culture and does everything to discourage – and, if necessary, suppress – all regionalism.

The frontiers of freedom, in this globalist future, will be pioneered by the new regionalists, the secessionists, the campaigners for Cascadia, the republic of Vermont, and the right of Trans-Dniester to go its own way. Gigantism is a conceit, and a fatal one, as the rulers of the old Soviet empire learned and we are just beginning to fathom.”

-Justin Raimondo

The Myth of Socialism as Statism by Larry Gambone

Questions About Cooperative Socialism by Larry Gambone

Conflation Conflict, Continued (unfortuately) by Kevin Carson

IWW-Affiliated Truckers to Strike

The Amish Say Religion Trumps Building Codes

The Latest Excuse for Fascism by Lew Rockwell

Leftist Thought Controllers by Bill Anderson

Sovietizing the Economy: The Final Phase by William Norman Grigg

The Real Reason Why Illinois Governor Blagojevich Was Arrested

SWAT PIGS Raid Food Coop in Cleveland

State Silences 8-Year-Old Blues Guitarist

Class Struggle in Chicago Factory

The One Good Thing About an Obama Presidency (He’s a Smoker!!)

Thought Policing 101 by Tom DiLorenzo

Withered Conservatism by Michael Brendan Dougherty

Obama Chooses to Stay the Course on Foreign Policy by Christopher Preble

Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards by Bruce Fein

Despair Among the Neocons by Robert Dreyfuss

Lost in Guantanamo: The Faisalabad 16 by Andy Worthington

The Nullification of the Bill of Rights by Jacob Hornberger

Photos of the Greek Uprising

Anarchism and Neighborhood Associations by Larry Gambone

National March for Sex Workers Rights in Washington, D.C. on December 17

Obama and Economic Catastrophe by Mike Davis

The Demographics of Global Depression

The Death of AIDS by Richard Spencer

Mumbai 2008/Sarajevo 1914 by John R. Schindler

Time to Rethink the Big Three Bailout? by Richard Spencer

The Obama/Neocon Axis by Paul Gottfried

In Earmarks Lies Salvation? by Pat Buchanan

John Yoo-The Best Case Against Immigration by Paul Craig Roberts

Riots in Greece by Brad Spangler

An Interview with Anarcho-Primitivist John Zerzan

The Republic Windows and Doors Factory Occupation by Brad Spangler

Be a Vandarchist and Be Proud by Niccolo Adami

Blaming the Victim, Part 2 by Rad Geek

Blaming the Victim, Part 1 by Rad Geek

The Conflation Conflict by Kevin Carson

Armed Struggle in Greece from Thus Spoke Belinsky

Clearing the Path for a Workers’ Surge by Mike Whitney

A Car Dealer Explains Why the Bailout is a Rip-Off by Dave Lindorff

The Southern National Congress Meets

Solidarity Demo in San Francisco for Greek Revolutionaries

Protest at Greek Consulate in New York City

Commentary on the Chicago Sit-Down Strike by Daniel Gross

Carolyn Chute, Mother of Maine, Is Back by Thomas Naylor

Size Matters by Richard Spencer

Chuck Baldwin’s Party by Paul Gottfried

Our Wars on Common Sense by Jack Hunter

Selective Constitutionalism by Chuck Baldwin

Gene Not Joe by Dylan Hales

Happy 150th

Governmental Logic by Sheldon Richman

Brad Spangler and Stephan Kinsella Debate Corporate Limited Liability

Total Defeat for U.S. in Iraq by Patrick Cockburn

Will Obama Buy Torture-Lite? by Ray McGovern

We All Need a Union by Dave Lindorff

The Six-Day War in Greece

Greek Uprising Spreads to Elsewhere in Europe

The Beam in the State’s Eye by Johnny Kramer

The Worst and the Dumbest by Chris Hedges

Saying No to War by Laurence Vance

No Justice, No Peace by Walter Block

Rogue State Paul Craig Roberts interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Quotable Blagojevic (and the great Marion Barry!)

Blackwater: Lawless Justice by Jacob Sullum

We All Failed Gary Webb by Robert Parry

The Costs of War by Shaun Waterman

Beware the New Globalism: All Hail the Regionalist Revolt by Justin Raimondo

Manchester Disunited by Bill Kaufmann

John Birch Society: Soft on PIGS

The Crash of ’08 Jim Rogers interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Obama’s Groundhog Day by John Pilger

Obama, Iraq and the Cyprus Solution by Justin Raimondo

Force: The Real “F” Word by Doug Bandow

Intervention: A Matter of Means? by Bill Lind

What Does Letting Our Own War Criminals Go Free Tell Us About Ourselves? by Nat Hentoff

The Truth of U.S. Foreign Policy by Greg Gillette

Wallowing Again in Illinois by Pat Buchanan

Letter from the Icelanders: “We are truly sorry” by Francois Tremblay

Illinois Politics in the Good Old Days by Wally Conger

So Much for Democracy by Sheldon Richman

Robert Higgs Told Us So by Sheldon Richman

Sounds Like Nonsense by Shawn Wilbur

In Which I Court Public Opinion by Rad Geek

All Eyes on Greece from Thus Spoke Bellinsky

The Conflation Conflict, Continued by Kevin Carson

30,000 Small Manufacturers Square Off Against Mom, Apple Pie and Ralph Nader

Accounting for the Value of Decentralization by Jeff Vail

Southern National Congress Update II by Red Phillips

Chuck Baldwin Calls Out James Dobson

Greece: We Are At War

Greece “Runs Out of Tear Gas”

Day Seven of the Greek War

“We Are in a Civil War with the Fascists, the State, the Bankers, the Media”

Hail to Chicago, Beacon of American Values by Alexander Cockburn

An Israeli in Gaza by Frank Barat

Humanitarian Imperialism: Obama and the Genocide Task Force by Binoy Kampmark

Why I Went to Jail by Howard Lisnoff

Bolivia’s Anarchist City by Raul Zibechi

“Free Marketers for the Bailout” by Lew Rockwell

Mainstream Medicine’s War Against the Public by Bill Sardi

Leviathan Devours a Family by William Norman Grigg

The Monster in the Mirror by Arundhati Roy and Tom Engelhardt

The Independent Republic of Lakota Russell Means interviewed Scott Horton

The New World Order? Justin Raimondo interviewed by Scott Horton

Free Speech Protestors Bullied by Leftoids from AnarchoNation

War Against Christmas 2008 by Tom Piatak

Save American Industry, Dump the Big Three by Richard Spencer

Better Main Street Than Wall Street by John Zmirak

Former American Citizen Becomes Stateless

Republican Betrayal on the Auto Bailout by Sheldon Richman

Undercover Skinheads?

Anarchists Attack Headquarters of Greek Riot Police

Updated News Digest December 7, 2008 2

Quotes of the week:

“”If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“Is the State a criminal band writ large, or not? If so, well, let’s disband  the fucker already. I respect genuine, principled pacifism, and I really do despise unnecessary violence, but what do you do when you’re in the room with a cannibal?”

-Josh Rhodes

Academia’s War Against Free Market Money by Gary North

Should Libertarians Reach Out to the Left? by Anthony Gregory

Barter Your Way to Success by Mike Rogers

Larry Summers: Heavyweight Centrist or Lightweight Leftist? by George Reisman

Right-wingers and Neocons Love Obama’s Cabinet by Jeremy Scahill

Building the U.S. Military Dictatorship

Hutus vs. Tutsis by Murray Rothbard

The Democratic Warfare State by Tom Engelhardt and Frida Berrigan

Star Trek Returns

The Mumbai Attack Eric Marolis interviewed by Scott Horton

Is Obama the Anti-Christ? Rev. Bill Barnwell interviewed by Scott Horton

A Republic, Not an Empire Katrin vanden Heuvel interviewed by Scott Horton

The Cost of Hegemony is Beyond Reach by Paul Craig Roberts

The Rationale of Terror by Pat Buchanan

Get Out Now, or Later by Philip Giraldi

Afghanistan: What’s Our Definition of Victory? by Andrew Bacevich

Torture, Preventive Detention and the Terror Trials by Andy Worthington

De Facto Junta? by Jeff Huber

Force Bush to Testify About Pardons by Bruce Fein

Mumbai Massacre May Sink Bush-Obama Strategy by Tony Karon

Kafka Has a Rival by John Pilger

Secretary Clinton and the Middle East by Joshua Frank

The Curious Retention of Robert Gates by David Corn

The Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right by Paul Gottfried

Bailout Bonanza by Peter Schiff

Clinton in the Cabinet  by Richard Spencer

Pick on an Unstable Troll, and to the Hoosegow You May Go by Mona

The Economic Costs of Government-Subsidized Roads by Rad Geek

The Christian Anarchism of Ammon Hennacy from The Picket Line

Better Cover Up Your Own Graffiti by Rad Geek

The Mythology of the War on Terrorism by William Blum

Mexico’s Drug War Goes Down In Flames by John Ross

Operation Redskin Removal by Steve Conn

Every Feminist’s Nightmare? by Thomas DiLorenzo

Afraid to Debate by Walter Block

The Persecution of Plaxico Burress by Johnny Kramer

Will the Obama Regime Murder Persians? by Tom Engelhardt and Robert Dreyfuss

What Happened in Mumbai? by Bill Lind

The Big Three Have Enough Cash to Spend on Lobbyists

“God Trumps the State Every Time” Laurence Vance interviewed by the Christian Liberty Party

The Hate Crimes Racket

The Cops Won’t Protect You (Duh?)

The Pope Endorses Classical Liberalism

Left Turn Ahead by Dylan Hales

Saying No to War Tom Woods interviewed by Scott Horton

Confronting the Terrorist Within Chris Hedges interviewed by Scott Horton

“I’m Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq” Matthew Alexander interviewed by Scott Horton

Obama’s Choice of Hillary Clinton Signals He’s Not Antiwar by Thomas Eddlem

Obama’s First 100 Days by Nat Hentoff

The Mumbai Attacks: More Than Meets the Eye by Jeremy Hammond

What’s Wrong With the U.S. Military? by Andrew Cockburn

20,000 Troops to be Deployed in the United States by William Jasper

Kafka Has a Rival-The British Foreign Office Lectures Us on Human Rights by John Pilger

Will Obama Stay the Course? by Robert Scheer

A Public Accounting for Post-911 Abuses by Joanne Mariner

For Bush-and Obama-a Gut Check by Scott Ritter

The Meaning of Mumbai by Justin Raimondo

National Anarchists-The Quest to Confusion

In Praise of McCarthyism by Justin Raimondo

And We Will Make the Muslims Love Us! by Richard Spencer

For Some Secular Women’s Rights Defenders, the Secularism Comes First by Dain Fitzgerald

Left Conservatism or Just Plain Left? by Larry Gambone

Shawn Wilbur on Counter-Development Strategy by Rad Geek

Who Will Seize the Opportunity? by Ralph Nader

Message to Obama: Stop Killing Afghanis by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

Police Officer Speaks Out Against Taser

Calling All Hatewatchers

Conservatives-The Stupid Party? by Larry Gambone

Don’t Turn Your Back on the Wolfpack by Rad Geek

“Thou Shalt Not Crucify Labor on this Cross of Paper Money” by Antal E. Fekete

How Do You Define Progress? by Tim Lee

News Program on Semco

An Agorist Primer by Brad Spangler

Book Review: Cyber Conflict and Global Politics by Kevin Carson

Greek to Us: The Death of Classical Education and Its Consequences by E. Christian Kopff

Barack’s Hawks by Pat Buchanan

Washington Arrogance Has Fomented a Muslim Revolution by Paul Craig Roberts

Honeymoans From the Left by Alexander Cockburn

Slouching Towards a Depression? by Peter Morici

Pakistan Nears the Breaking Point by Peter Lee

Tommy Chong, the Unanticipated Warrior by Norm Kent

In Prison My Whole Life

The Great Society: A Libertarian Critique by Murray N. Rothbard

Creating Liberty One Rifleman at a Time by William Buppert

The Lost City of the Cloud People

A Cop, A Dog, A Gun: Guess the Ending by Lew Rockwell

Pat Robertson’s Evil Twin by Laurence Vance

A Loud Silence by Justin Raimondo

From Colony to Superpower by Doug Bandow

Who Are the Taliban? by Anand Gopal and Tom Engelhardt

Bush Bailout for Rumsfeld, Torturers May Be Next by Ann Woolner

Keynes Baiting? by Niccolo Adami

Taking Down the White Coat Priesthood by Rad Geek

Our Semi-Soviet Surveillance State by Fred Reed

U.S. Collective Dictatorship Enlarges by Mike Rozeff

Health Fears Go Up in SmokeÂ

The Empire Weakens America Andrew Bacevich interviewed by Scott Horton

FBI Sting in OKC Bombing Jesse Trentadue interviewed by Scott Horton

Obama’s Plan Doesn’t End the Iraq Occupation by Jeremy Scahill

What Change? by Chuck Baldwin

America: A Pyramid of Ostriches by John Zmirak

How to Help the Homeless

Amsterdam to be Giulanized?

Updated News Digest November 30, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

                                                                                                      -George Orwell

War, Peace and the State by Murray N. Rothbard

The MRSA Horror by Robert Klassen

Lawrence Wilkerson: A Truth-Teller for Our Times by Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse

The Coming U.S. Breakup from The Drudge Report

Unwarranted Violence by William Norman Grigg

A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul

Auto Bailouts and What to do About Them by Sandra Hamilton

Somali Pirates: Is US Intervention Responsible? by Eric Margolis

Meeting Medvedev Halfway by Pat Buchanan

The End of Ideology, Again by Glenn Greenwald

Kabul Thirty Years Ago, and Kabul Today: Have We Learned Nothing? by Robert Fisk

The al-Marri Case Affects Us All by Jacob Hornberger

Frankenstein in Mesopotamia by Tom Hayden

A Bridge Too Far: Turkey and Europe by Derek Turner

The Neocons Love Hillary by Jack Hunter

The Truth About the Bailouts by Peter Schiff

David Brooks Conservatism by Jack Hunter

North Carolina PIGS Attack Funeral for Capitalism: Partygoers Stage Successful Defense 

Baghdad: Army Destroys Refugee Camp 

Of Arrogance, Bailouts and the Big Three by James Abourezk

Don’t Suppress Carter by Ralph Nader

Property Rights: A Question of Perspective by Francois Tremblay

Two Views of Capitalism by Matthew Yglesias

Left-Libertarian Engagement   by Rad Geek

The Venezuelan Election by Larry Gambone

Free Market Firms: Smaller, Flatter and More Crowded by Roderick Long

How 80,000 Jobs Disappeared from No Third Solution

A Long Train of Abuses by Alexander Cockburn

The Greatest Disaster in the History of the West Eric Margolis interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Hamilton’s Curse and the Death of the Dollar Standard by William Norman Grigg

The Real World Order is Chaotic by Butler Shaffer

Empire and Drug War Mark Thornton interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Imperialist Bailout by Justin Raimondo

The Economics of War by David Henderson

Weimer USA-Get Our Your Wheelbarrows! by Tom Chartier

The Obamascam by Charles Burris

One-Party State William Norman Grigg interviewed by Scott Horton

Now, I’ve Seen Everything by Justin Raimondo

A Return to Liberal Warmongering? by Doug Bandow

Obama Should Prosecute Bush’s Torture Team by Liliana Segura

Obama-Bush Making US a Socialist Republic by Pat Buchanan

The Jargon of “Culturism” by John Derbyshire

A Narrative Too Far by Paul Gottfried

A War About Nothing by Jack Hunter

The Stab in the Back by John Zmirak

Anarchist Arrested in Iceland

Resisting, Subverting, and Destroying the Apparatus of Surveillance and Control

US Government Pledges Surpass $7.7 Trillion 

In Time of Trouble by Alexander Cockburn

The Real Cost of the Bailout by Kevin Zeese

Obama’s Odious Entourage by Eric Walberg

King George is Gone, Now It’s Time to Organize by Ron Jacobs

Cocktails With Gaddafi by Taki Theodoracopulos

Armed and Endangered by Stacey D’Erasmo

Barking PIGS and GOP Elbows: A Personal Reflection on the RNC Riots

Updated News Digest November 23, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“The fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American Government.”

                                                          -Joe Vogler, founder, Alaskan Independence Party

Inmate Escapes German Jail in a Box

Dual Loyalties Will Doom Obama  by Rannie Amiri

Obama: The First Hundred Days by Alexander Cockburn

Americans Like Feeling Good About Being Americans by William Gillis

Let the Trials Begin! by Douglas Valentine

Corporations Verses the Market: Whip Conflation Now! by Roderick Long

November 11: An Anarchist Remembrance Day by Pat Murtaugh

Joe Peacott and the BAD Press Individualist Anarchist Project

Thanks to Josh Rhodes for the above links!!

The March Towards Dictatorship  by Ron Paul

Are You an Anarchist? Roderick Long interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Covering Up the Crimes of the Bush-Cheney Regime by Glenn Greenwald

Time to Bury the Guns…or to Load Them? by Vin Suprynowicz

The Good News: It’s Not About Race  by William Norman Grigg

Hillary at Foggy Bottom? by Justin Raimondo

Torture-Yes We Can!! by Justin Raimondo

AIPAC’s Obama Man by Philip Giraldi

The Real Goal of Israel’s Blockade by Jonathan Cook

Why Gitmo Must Be Closed by Andy Worthington

Election ’08: How Did the Empire Do? by Ron Jacobs

Will Obama Protect Civil Liberties?   by Nat Hentoff

Obama Should Oppose Preventive Detention by Sheldon Richman

Now, At Last, We Know the Truth About Georgia by Tara McCormack

America’s Wars of Self-Destruction by Chris Hedges

Who Is Rahm Emanuel? Philip Giraldi interviewed by Scott Horton

Marching Toward Hell Michael Scheuer interviewed by Scott Horton

American Raj Eric Margolis interviewed by Scott Horton

The Surge Didn’t Work Patrick Cockburn interviewed by Scott Horton

Blackwater Busted? by Jeremy Scahill

Obama Must End Torture by Eugene Robinson

Republic Magazine: Issue # 10 (thanks, Flavio!)

Beware the Obama Hype by John Pilger

Palin Could Rake In $7 million from Book Deal

Ecovillage North Carolina

Obama: By His Friends You Shall Know Him from Mathaba

Marxism and the Frankfurt School by Jonathan Bowden

Against Diversity by Walter Benn Michaels (thanks to Ean Frick)

Red Tory by Phillip Blond (thanks, Ean)

America’s Moronic Iraq Policy Means More Muslim Immigration by Paul Craig Roberts

The Crisis Has Hardly Begun by Paul Craig Roberts

Bretton Woods Two-No Way! by Pat Buchanan

Obama’s Victory is the Best Thing for Conservatives by Daniel Bein

Mike Paul vs. Ron Paul via Pat Buchanan from Left-Conservative

Torture in the USA-It is an Industry Here, too! by Mona

Kevin Carson Named Research Associate at C4SS

Theologians On Economic Matters-Give It Up! by Dain Fitzgerald

The Resurrection of the Socialist Idea by Justin Raimondo

Youth Movement by Daniel McCarthy

George Kennan and the Discovery of Realism by Lee Congdon

The Future of the Right by Daniel Larison

As GM Goes, So Goes the GOP by Pat Buchanan

Progressives’ California Dreamin’ by Jack Hunter

The Humpty Dumpty Economy by Peter Schiff

The Anti-Reagan Revolution Revolution by Peter Schiff

The Democrats Have Got Their Reagan by Jack Hunter

Driving Down the Road to Serfdom? by Richard Spencer

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid by Richard Spencer

A Wish List by Evan McLaren

Satanists on the Religious Right by Brad Spangler

Somali Pirates, Dumb Merchants by Niccolo Adami

What Is An Appropriate Tax Rate? from No Third Solution

A Brief History of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the “Friend of Labor” by Rad Geek

Radio Host Arrested by Niccolo Adami

2009 Political Prisoners Calendar

When Mooning is a Sex Crime by Marc Gardner

Will Pakistan Be Obama’s Cambodia? by George C. Wilson

Where’s Zappa When We Need Him?

When It’s a Clear Day and You Can’t See GM by Paul Craig Roberts

Goodbye and Good Riddance, Mr. Bush by Frosty Woolridge

Clowing, I Hope by Paul Gottfried

Deflating the Churchill Myth by Eric Margolis

The Idea Police at Loyola by Walter Block

The Triumph of Imperial Christianity by Laurence Vance

Rising for the Judge-Bowing to the State by Manuel Lora

Another Criminal War Paul Armentano Interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Obama Is Not the AntiChrist by Bill Barnwell

Change You Can Believe In-Comrade! by Yuri Maltsev

The Myth of Good Government by Lew Rockwell

Conservatives Follow the Leader by Lew Rockwell

Will Obama Free the Slaves? by Mike Rozeff

Barack Obama and America’s 1997-Welcome to the Club! by Sean Gabb

The Inefficiency of Capitalism: An Anarchist View by Brian Oliver Sheppard (thanks, Josh!)

Not All News Is Bad by Lew Rockwell

Rethinking Churchill by Ralph Raico

Tales from an Academic Loony Bin by Thomas DiLorenzo

What the Clinton Appointment Means  by Justin Raimondo

Missile Defense and the US Empire by Charles Pena

A My Lai a Month by Nick Turse

Death and Deception in South Ossetia Tim Cavanaugh interviewed by Scott Horton

The New Commander in Chief Can Take On the CIA by Nat Hentoff

Once More Fear Stalks the Streets of Kandahar by Robert Fisk

David Brooks and Friends by Jack Hunter

The End of Frum by Richard Spencer

Violence Against Women in Prostitution in Las Vegas by Rad Geek

No, We Can’t by Gerald Celente

Obama and the Politics of Race and Religion in America by M. Shahid Alam

Obama and the Great Depression by Mickey Z

Arraignment Set for Cheney, Gonzales in Texas

Prison Chess: New Jersey Inmates vs Princeton Students

Grassy Knoll Couple Recall Kennedy Assassination

Obama’s Transition: A Who’s Who of Imperialist Policy from World Socialist Web Site

Community Banks Too Small to Fail by Phillip Longman and T.A. Frank

The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard

Psychiatry as an Arm of the State Thomas Szasz interviewed by Lew Rockwell

How the State Co-Opts the Opposition by Anthony Gregory

Senator Inhofe: Paulsen Threatened Martial Law to Enact Bailout

Armed Political Correctness

A Puff of Weed a Day Keeps the Alzheimer’s Away

Gates: As Bad As Rumsfeld? by Ray McGovern

Poor Fishermen Take On Multinationals

North Michigan Evangelists by Paul Gottfried

Conservative Judge Does the Right Thing RE: Gitmo by Mona

Why Can’t We Secede? from No Third Solution

Message from Italian Courts: Now Okay to Beat Innocent Civilians by Niccolo Adami

19-Year-Old Soldier Sentenced to 14 Months for Refusing to Deploy to Iraq

Portugal and UK: Solidarity with Greek Prisoners’ Struggle 

UK: Anarcho-Students Occupy Ministry

Finally, A Victory for the Palestinians

The Bush Pardons by Senator Russ Feingold

What Uncle Sam Has to Say to His Creditors by Paul Craig Roberts

Obama’s Crony Democracy by Tracy McLellan

A Deep and Penetrating Question: Should Michelle Obama’s Booty Be Off Limits?

Ending Torture: Prosecuting the Torturers by Benjamin G. Davis

Some Greek Philosophy This Evening by Thomas Fleming

Lesbian Asks: Why Shouldn’t I Hate Blacks and Christians?

A Libertarian Statesman An Interview with Ron Paul

Stop Hillary-Yes, We Can!! by Justin Raimondo

A Collapsing Empire-More Opportunities for Restoring the Republic by Karen Kwiatkowski

Money You Can Trust by F.A. Hayek

Obama Service, aka Involuntary Service by Chris Brown

That “Iranian” Bomb? Relax. by Robert Dreyfuss

The Warning Joseph Sottile interviewed by Scott Horton

Learning from John McCain’s Mistakes: Supporting Aggression in the Caucasus by Doug Bandow

Mohammed Ali and the KKK

Somalian Phalangists

Gay Mob Shakes Down EHarmony by Michelle Malkin

Will Obama Victory Bring More PC Attacks on Free Speech? by Brenda Walker

Demographics and Political Destiny by Alan Wall

Who Lost Detroit? by Pat Buchanan

Taxation Is Still Theft, No Matter How Many Logical Fallacies You Employ from No Third Solution

Adventures in Free Schooling from Rad Geek

Homesteading Self-Reliance from Rad Geek

The Real Great Depression by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Should the LP Be Put Out to Pasture? from The Volokh Conspiracy

Hope in Common by David Graeber

Critical Elements of a Statewide Secession Movement by Thomas Naylor

The Honeymoon is Looking a Bit Wan by Alexander Cockburn

The Gloom of Empire: Downhill All the Way by Serge Halimi

The Suburbs Rage On by Alan Farago

The Third Clinton Administration by Ralph Nader

III Quests of Dissidence in Madrid Reply

By Flavio Goncalves

 

Last November 7th, 8th and 9th several Socialist, Revolutionary and Patriotic dissidents from all over Europe (from the far West of the Azores islands to the far East of Russia) gathered in Madrid, Spain, for the III Quests of Dissidence. In these three days hundreds of people had the change to listen to very unique, and different, individuals that held very not so mainstreamish views. I was one of them!.

 

Day one

 

We left early for the airport in Lisbon (laugh if you want, it was cheaper for us poor three Portuguese citizens to travel by plane to Madrid rather than driving, that’s how expensive gasoline is around here these days) after a last depressing visit to our P.O. Box, we had hoped that in the last minute all the merchandise Welf Herfurth sent us from Australia would arrive… well it didn’t, so the eye filling exhibition we were counting on to present National-Anarchist merchandise and literature to impress our European partners had to settle with the 4 issues of our Portuguese language magazine… my fault given that I gave Welf the wrong postal code given that my slight dyslexia caused that I traded two of the numbers…

 

The flight to Spain was only one hour long, surprising enough for a Portuguese our designated Spaniard driver was waiting us at the airport when we arrived (those of you that may have visited Portugal should know what I’m talking about regarding timing) and took us to the hotel, there we were greeted by Antonio Martinez Cayuela, general secretary of the Social Republican Movement, whose cultural section had organized the event. Small talk and then lunch, where we met Alberto Buela, a deeply interesting Argentinean with who we had the chance to chat through a few hours and that, later, would be fascinated with our speeches in the Quests.

 

After a short introduction by Cayuela the first speaker took the word, our very own Filipe Ferreira acting as president of the Portuguese-Iranian Friendship Society that gave a great speech about a few details that mainstream ignores regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran and ended with a short resume about his personal evolution and how we deal with politics in Portugal (namely our practice of working with far-left and far-right activists at will).

 

Buela was fascinated with our “Vertical action” theory, Filipe stated that the system sees the world in an Horizontal way, with Right, Left and Center and places in these circles all that exists while we, for the other hand, must act in a Vertical way, front towards the system. A Vertical line has place for cooperation’s with both the Left and the Right and escapes completely to the labels used today. Alberto Buela promised he will write about this in detail (a philosopher that is a vice-secretary of the Internal Affairs Ministry of Argentina studying National-Anarchist theory… not bad for the first day, is it?)

 

The second speaker was a Spanish historian that presented his book about the 1808 May 2nd insurrection in Spain, of which I never heard before. It was when Spanish people took their weapons and rioted against the Napoleonic invaders that the Spanish military where almost pleased to welcome. An interesting speech on people’s autonomous action, with no State nor Military rulings, just ‘we’ the people.

 

To finish the evening a great fiery speech by Jaume Farrerons, member of the Party of Catalonia, former general secretary and founding member of Platform for Catalonia, party from which he resigned due to it’s far-right political inclinations of late. The name of the speech was titled “National Revolutionaries: a Leftwing alternative?”.

 

He proved us, for nearly an hour, that Nationalism belongs to the Leftwing side of the political spectrum and, I quote, “We are left-wingers, we are radical Left, more: we are far-left!”. He gave us many historical references about the fact that the Left was not a concise ideological block, it has many different ideologies within it and we are one of those ideologies, History always placed revolutionaries and bringers of change in the Left side of the fence, well we are revolutionary and we want change so…

 

He also pointed out that “our main enemies are the Jewish Far-Right” (Zionism that is), and also that working class people, the people we target as our own, have always been seen as naturally Leftwing while the Bankers and the bosses have always been connected to rightwing forces, once again… any wonder that we, in Portugal, label ourselves as New Left?

 

Day two

 

The day started with Alexander Kuznetsov speech on Eurasia, Alexander is the head of International section of the movement and also a member of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Russia, a heavy weight with who I also had the pleasure of chatting the day before.

 

He gave us the background of the Eurasian movement and showed a very interesting movie of Eurasian action, the movement has thousands of supporters spread everywhere in Europe.

 

After the movie exhibition it was time for the presentation of the latest books from Ediciones Nueva Republica, one of them being Tomislav Sunic’s “Homo Americanus”, Sunic himself was scheduled to be there but he couldn’t, in that same day he was nominated ambassador of Croatia in Algeria, so he had to cancel on us.

 

After lunch it was my time to take the podium – representing the Free Revolutionaries Circle –  in a round table discussion with Roberto Bevilacqua (Fiamma Tricolore, Italy), Robin Morawitz (very young and unknown skinhead from the NPD, a very poor choice by the Germans), Herve van Laethem (NATION, Belgium), Jordi de la Fuente (MSR, Spain) and Frederik Ranson (NSA, Flanders – Belgium).

 

I was surprised that Frederik knew National-Anarchism and he knew me from Revolution International, that is linked in the NSA official website. We where asked 3 questions each se we could figure our differences out, turns out we where not that different even though my answers where slightly different.

 

First question: What’s the biggest problem haunting Europe today?: Fiamma: The lack of values in today’s citizens and society due to materialism. FRC: The artificial crisis created by the Bank owners – pure usury – with the support of the European Central Bank. NATION: Immigration and the lack of Identity. NSA: Globalization. NPD: Globalization and Capitalism.

 

During the talk we pretty much agreed that Capitalism is the main menace today.

 

Second question: can the Nation states of Europe fight alone this problem or do we need a bigger entity?: Fiamma: No (I couldn’t tell the rest of the answer, did not understood it). FRC: No, and pointed out Lusophony as a solution to Portugal, Pan-Latinism for Latin Southern America and Southern Europe and, finally for Europe, Eurasia, these are all valid alternative markets to get us out of the global market ran by the US of A. NATION: No, united European block with strong armed forces, an Identitarian and Socialist Europe. NSA: No, we need a European National Revolution and closer ties with Russia. NPD: We need a European Federation of Nation states. MSR: we need a greater space.

 

During the talk we all agreed on the need of greater spaces, I guess George Orwell gave a turn or two in his grave.

 

Third question: how can we fight global Capitalism? Creating European Capitalism?: Fiamma: Socialization of the companies. FRC: We need Socialism, not Capitalism, money has it’s own logic and the only solution is Socialism. NATION: Capitalism is dying; we should follow the Italian example (socialization, social actions and squatting). NSA: Political renewal, a bigger control by the state regarding the economy. NPD: Stated that Socialist Nationalism is the solution and Capitalism the disease. MSR: Capitalism always existed ruled by usuraries, gangsters, drug dealers and assorted speculators. Capitalism is Death, Socialism is Live.

 

During the talk we all agreed on Socialism as the only way out (or Socialization for the Italian Right-wingers that seem to have a problem with the word Socialism…).

 

After this we had a very touching poetry session accompanied with non-electric guitar followed by a debate between several Spanish parties, of local interest only so I see no need to resume it here.

 

After the debate we went to bed and the crowd that wished so had a folk concert with Mara Ros (Spain) and Saturnia Regna (Italy, they know Troy Southgate so I take they are good people).

 

Third day

 

The open speeches where by  Jose Luiz Riesco (that greeted me very enthusiastically the day before, I guess because of my alternative markets theory that includes Pan-Latinism) and Joachim Bochaca (Spanish intellectual that is being translated into English in the last year by The Barnes Review magazine).

 

They spoke about the world crises, Riesco quoted me on the artificiality of the crisis, the role of Zionism and the US of A in the world as we know it was also strongly spoken of.

 

After this dual conference (Bochaca and Riesco spoke together) we heard Christian Bouchet discussing the future of the French National Front and explaining why the National Revolutionaries and the National Left are supporting Marine Le Pen as next president of FN, they see Marine as a continuity of the Le Pen brand and, at the same time, someone that can revolutionize the party within.

 

In the last years the FN has a growing Left-wing membership and there are much fears that the party may split in two (or more) after the dead of Jean Marie Le Pen.

 

The last speaker was Alberto Buela, that presented his own theory on the geopolitical weight of South America and he quoted Ferreira quite a few times, we need Vertical action in an Horizontal world. It was a great presentation that complemented my Pan-Latinist theory and had a sould of it’s own.

 

Out of curiosity: Buela met Hugo Chavez, so far, three times.

 

The aftermath

 

Given that the latest issue of the Spanish “Krisis21” magazine ran a 2 and a half pages interview with me I was somewhat noticed and greeted during the three days, even more after my short interventions.

 

So far I was invited to contribute in the next issues of the “Nihil Obstat” magazine (that among it’s contributors counts with Dugin, de Benoist, Bouchet and even Alain Soral…) and I was also invited to visit Moscow, apparently the Eurasian diplomat enjoyed my conversations and theories.

 

It’s a great work the Social Republican Movement is doing with these Quests of Dissidence, let’s hope it lasts many more years to come. Also, the event have a dozen of stands selling mainly books, very politically incorrect books for all tastes, from historical Revisionism to Communism and National-Bolshevism passing by National Socialism and Anarchism and ending in the Sinn Fein and other Irish Republicanism.

 

Let the dissidence roll…

Obama's Victory and What It Means 7

I’m going to go out on a limb and make a few unorthodox statements and predictions concerning the Obama victory. The first question, of course, is why did Obama win in the first place? Most conventional analysis tends to argue that Obama’s victory is traceable to the poor state of the economy, the shabby performance of the Bush administration across the board, and the fact that Obama had a superior organization and ran a more effective campaign. All of these things are true, but attributing Obama’s win to these alone ignores what I believe to be the genuinely decisive factor in this election: demographics.

Way back in the middle part of the reign of Bill Clinton, I realized that the center-left would eventually become dominant in national politics. I attributed this to the fact that as the 1960s generation became the elderly generation, persons shaped or influenced by the 1960s “cultural revolution” would be in unquestioned control of American institutions. This would be particularly true since persons with stereotypical “60s values”, for instance, anti-racism, feminism, environmentalism and the sexual revolution, tended to be disproportionately concentrated among the ranks of educated persons and the elites, and in those institutions that shape opinion, such as schools, universities, mainline religion, the arts, entertainment and the media. By this point, virtually everyone under the age of 40 has grown up under this influence.

In 1997, the conservative commentator Peter Brimelow argued that in the year 2008 the Democrats would become the dominant political party due to shifts in the ethnic demography of the US, i.e., a shrinking white population and a growing minority and immigrant population. In 2002, John Judis of The New Republic published his “The Emerging Democratic Majority”, which argued for an eventual Democratic dominance based on the growth of not only the minority populations, but also “left-wing” social movements like feminism, environmentalism, and “gay rights”, and the growth of the urban professional class, including an explosion in the number of professional women, and a corresponding decline in the traditional middle class and a blue-collar class that is under attack economically, a process accelerated by globalization. Judis likewise predicted that 2008 would be the year that the Democrats achieved superiority. The growth of urban populations in general and the decline of the size of the rural population also has to be taken into account.

I believe what we saw on Election Day was the fulfillment of Brimelow and Judis’ prophecies. Poll after poll indicated that the economy was by far the most important issue to voters, with Iraq, terrorism, health care, education, the environment, abortion, gay rights, etc. all trailing far behind. A bad economy is always an obstacle for an incumbent party, but it is likely a mistake to attribute Obama’s victory to the economy alone or perhaps even primarily. The Democrats likely blew much of their political capital concerning the economy with their support of the hugely unpopular Wall Street “bailout” (corporate welfare hemorrhage). That so many prominent Democrats, including Pelosi, Frank and Obama himself supported or figured prominently in the bailout no doubt damaged Obama’s pretended populist message.  The Iraq war seems to have been only a secondary issue for voters, and the antiwar vote was likely canceled out to no small degree by the hawk vote from those who consider terrorism to be a primary issue.

Obama ran a superior campaign, but, once again, his campaign style fit well with the changing demographics of the US. His perceived optimism and idealism no doubt appealed to the younger voters who tended to be among his most enthusiastic supporters. At the same time, it is doubtful that the Republicans’ efforts to taint Obama by references to the likes of Bill Ayers was very effective with his key supporters, such as young people who weren’t born until years after Bill Ayers was doing his thing, and moderates and independents not particularly motivated by ideologically rigid or culturally reactionary forms of campaigning.

In short, Obama won because those population groups who vote Democratic are growing numerically and those who vote Republican are shrinking.

It remains to be seen whether an Obama presidency will be “successful” or not. Continued economic downturn and foreign policy failure could produce a “Jimmy Carter effect” and allow the Republicans to make a comeback in 4-8 years. The likelihood of this is lessened by the aformentioned demographic issues and by the lack of the likely emergence of a perceived Republican strongman  a la Ronald Reagan as a candidate. Look for there to be a big fight in the Republican Party between those who want to follow the advice of the likes of David Frum and David Brooks and have the GOP become the party of economic “conservatism” (lower capital gains taxes, reductions in marginal income tax rates, etc.) and foreign policy hawkishness, but more liberal on at least some social issues like gay rights or the environment on one hand, and those who think Bush and McCain were too liberal and want a straight-down-the-line hard-core conservative party. There will be plenty of loud voices in the GOP for the latter perspective, and perhaps these are numerous enough to get control of the party itself, but this will be a losing formula in national elections because of, once again, the demographic issues previously mentioned. Even Ronald Reagan had to maintain some crossover appeal to centrists, independents, moderates, “Reagan Democrats”, etc. It is doubtful the Brooks-Frum formula would be all that workable either as the GOP would then be just “Democrats Lite” or “Right-Wing Democrats”. Not particularly inspiring.

What does an Obama presidency and, more importantly, the prospect of long-term center-left dominance mean for the future of American politics? Essentally, it means that the traditional WASP ruling class is on its way down, to be replaced by a more multiethnic, multicultural, secular, feminized and gayized ruling class that will be ruling over a crumbling empire and decaying economy. The social unrest that will likely result from such circumstances will be met with repression and the emerging ruling class will have plenty of weapons of repression at their disposal thanks to the huge American police state and prison system generated by Nixon-Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush under the guise of the wars on crime, drugs, terrorism, gangs, guns, “zero tolerance”, “broken windows theory”, paramilitary policing, military commissions, provisions for martial law, eradication of habeus corpus, etc. An ideological superstructure will have to be utilized to justify the escalation of such repression, and “totalitarian humanism” (a combination of liberal ideology and fascist methodology) will serve this purpose. The 1993 massacre at Waco will no doubt be regarded by future historians as a prototype for what is to come. With regards to the future construction of an “anti-system” movement, the following scenarios are quite likely:

1. As the cultural Right shrinks numerically and is more out of favor politically, we can expect more attacks on the cultural Right in various forms, ranging from serious social discrimination, legal persecution or even violent repression. Consequently, much of the cultural Right will move away from its traditional “respect authority” stance towards a more oppositional or even revolutionary outlook. The militia movement from the 1990s may be a prototype for what is to come.

2. The “radical middle” or “middle American radicals” will become even more radical as their economic position continues to decline over the long haul, and will become more receptive to radical ideas.

3. The rank-and-file military will become more frustrated by persistently being required to fight in ever more numerous wars of increasingly dubious value. Remember the enthusiasms of Clinton and Gore for so-called “humanitarian war” (what Noam Chomsky has called military humanism)? Obama and his successors will likely bring more of the same.

4. Expect the growth of an increasingly larger “lumpenproletarian” class as more and more people are rendered unemployable either because of a deteriorating economy or because of the marginalization of more and more people through repression, imprisonment, persecution, discrimination, etc. The huge number of convicted felons under the “war on drugs”, for instance.

5. There is also the likelihood of an eventual split among the core constituent groups of the Left along several lines of fracturing. These include the division between the mainstream liberal-managerial-professional class and the class of more genuine dissident intellectuals, genuine anti-imperialist leftists, the pro-civil liberties Left, radicalized youth, lumpen, bohemian, countercultural or declasse sectors. Such divisions will particularly sharpen as political correctness becomes more powerful and has fewer qualms about fully displaying its fangs.

6. Look for an eventual splintering of the Left’s “official victim” groups (racial minorities, homosexuals, feminists, environmentalists,etc.) along both class and ideological lines. For instance, the marginalized gay counterculture vs the gay bourgeiosie, poor blacks vs the black bourgeiosie, and racial nationalist-separatists among the minority groups vs liberal-integrationists. These divisions will widen as the cultural Right becomes less powerful and is viewed as less of a threat by the cultural Left and by racial minorities and as the poor and working classes among the “official victim” groups notice they’re not really getting much out of all of this political correctness and triumphant liberalism.

7. The Left Establishment paradigm of “Western civilization vs the official victims of Western civilization” will become more and more ideologically untenable and demonstrably absurd due to the increasingly liberal-multicultural nature of the ruling class. Further, an increased number of women, racial minorities, gays, etc. holding political power will prove to be no more benevolent or competent than those whom they replaced.

In many of my past writings I have outlined a proposal for a new radical paradigm that recognizes the emerging dominance of center-left controlled imperialism, state-capitalism and police statism, and that offers a prospect for a new demographic and political alignment capable of defeating those now-dominant forces.  This populist right-radical middle-extreme left-lumpen left-underclass-minority separatist alliance proposing foreign policy neutrality, political decentralization, alternative economics, across the board defense of civil liberties and authentic cultural pluralism would still seem to me to be the best way to go. We’ll see.

Updated News Digest November 9, 2008 1

Quote of the Week:

“The State has always been the patrimony of some privileged class: a priestly class, an aristocratic class, a bourgeois class. And finally, when all the other classes have exhausted themselves, the State then becomes the patrimony of the bureaucratic class and then falls—or, if you will, rises—to the position of a machine.”

                                                                                                            -Mikhail Bakunin

 

The Danger of Fractional Reserve Banking by Walter Block

Voting is Immoral by Rick Dunaway

Understanding the Boom and Bust by Lew Rockwell

Do You Solemnly Swear to Ignore the Constitution? by Andrew Napolitano

Wrestling the State Lew Rockwell interviews Kane (yes, that Kane)

Letter to Pro-Life Friends by Stephen and Rachel Carson

What to Expect from an Obama Administration in Foreign Policy by Justin Raimondo

Not My Grandfather’s Afghanistan by Fatima Ayub

Friends Like These by Patrick Cockburn

Executive Despotism by Bruce Fein

Will the Next President Be Any Better? by Alan Bock

The Closing of the Conservative Mind by Austin Bramwell

What Is To Be Done? by Justin Raimondo

Why I Want McCain to Win by Marcus Epstein

A Burkean for Barack by Jeffrey Hart

White Supremacists for Obama by Justin Raimondo

Ralph Nader: The Left-Conservative Choice by Daniel Bein

Bill Kauffman Endorses Ralph Nader by Dylan Waco

Capital Without Banks by Angelica

Drug Dogs Find Work in the Private Sector by Alix

Gay Marriage: A Threat to Us Hetero Types by Jennifer Abel

Pat Buchanan at 70: He Told You So, You F***ing Fools! by Tom Piatak

Strategy for the Post-Bush Era by Rad Geek

Strategy for the Post-Bush Era Part Two by Rad Geek

What Is All This For? by Werner Scott

Popular Militias Forming in Afghanistan by Werner Scott (hint, hint, Americans)

Childhood’s End by Werner Scott

Organization Theory: Latest Chapter Drafts by Kevin Carson

The Fiction of Good Government by Fred Keene

The Day After Halloween by Larry Gambone

What Does the Free Market Mean? by Sheldon Richman

On the Brink and Close to the Edge by Niccolo Adami

Noam Chomsky Discusses the 2008 Election

Palestine-Israel: Anarchists Against the Wall

On Rumors, Governments and Mouthpieces

Wailing Wall Street-Bring Spare Money! by Tuli Kupferberg and Jeffrey Lewis

An Open Letter to Senator Obama by Ralph Nader

Nader and the Youth Vote by Steve Conn

Bush, McCain and Obama: How Much Do the Differences Matter? by Andrew Gebhardt

Is Nuclear Power Green? by Peter Montague

America First Party Encourages Vote for Baldwin or Barr 

“Pro-War Libertarian” Scumbag Eric Dondero Endorses McInsane/MILF Ticket

Conservative Endorsements Rolling In for Baldwin by Red Phillips

The Insanity of Mass Democracy by Anthony Gregory

The Pentagon is the President’s Private Army by Fred Reed

Why Ron Paul Didn’t Win, But Could by Mike Rozeff

Jack Johnson vs John Jackson by Johnny Kramer

The End of the GOP? by Butler Shaffer

We Could Be in for a Lurch to the Left by Fred Barnes

Prepare for the Hard-Left State by Bill Anderson

The Burial of the Conservative Movement by Christopher Manion

The Great Murray Rothbard Speaks on Money

Empire, War and the Greater Good by Anthony Gregory

Obama’s Neocon in Residence by Philip Giraldi

Gitmo Trials Still Unjust by Andy Worthington

Nero vs Caligula Lew Rockwell interviewed by Scott Horton

War Party Democrats Justin Raimondo interviewed by Scott Horton

Where Did Bush Go Wrong? by Pat Buchanan

Obama and the Return of Apathy by Daniel Bein

Happy Guy Fawkes Eve by Rad Geek

The Presumption of Liberty by Aschwin de Wolf

Depressing Day by Sheldon Richman

Who’s Our Target Audience? by Niccolo Adami

I’m Still Not Convinced, So Suck It by Jeremy Weiland

Statism as Immaturity by Francois Tremblay

End of Chicago “Free Market” Ideas? by Sarah Brown

An Anarchist View of Elections by Carlos Fierro

Why I’m Voting for Chuck Baldwin by Luke Lantroop

A Debt Beyond Redemption by Gary North

Plutocrats Verses Regular People by Wilton D. Alston

Genocide at Waco Revisited Amy Sommer interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Freedom in Coinage by George Selgin

A Culminating Point in Fourth Generation Warfare by Bill Lind

A Mandate to End the War by Justin Raimondo

Experiencing the Constitution in a Cage by Nat Hentoff

Losing Liberty in the War on Terrorism by Bart Frazier

The Myth of the Green Peril by Leon Hadar

GOPocalypse and the Future of the Right by Daniel Larison

Causes for Hope  by Paul Gottfried

Thank God McCain Lost! by Jack Hunter

You Say You Want an Imperial President… by John Zmirak

The Case for Rubbing It In by Richard Spencer

The Emerging Cult of Obama by Daniel Bein

How Do Taxes Destroy Productivity?

The Free Lunch Gang or The Coming Demise of Neo-Liberalism by Larry Gambone

Just Wait for the Hangover by Niccolo Adami

Marshall Fritz, 1943-2008 by Sheldon Richman

A Thought for Future Elections by Niccolo Adami

Election Thoughts by Patroon

Why McCain Lost by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

How Obama Won by Chuck Spinney

Our Marxist Politics by Lew Rockwell

Civil Liberties Under Obama Andrew Napolitano interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Obama vs Guy Hawkes by Anthony Gregory

Is Fractional Reserve Banking Fraudulent? by Walter Block

No, He Can’t: A Black Libertarian on Why She Didn’t Vote for Obama by Anne Wortham

At the Mises Institute by Todd Steinberg

Another Kind of Election Day by Daniel Ryan

Evangelical Foreign Policy is Over by Andrew Bacevich

Republic Magazine Issue # 10

Did the Black Vote Sink Proposition 8 by Mona

It’s Foreign Policy, Stupid! by Mona

Frumbag by John Zmirak

Conspicuous Egalitarianism by Richard Spencer

David Frum to the Religious Right: Drop Dead by Tom Piatak

Orwell on Obama by R.J. Stove

Obamania Aftermath by Richard Spencer

Towards a Libertarian Theory of Class from Out of Step

Would Digital Money Kill the State? from No Third Solution

If You Subsidize It… from No Third Solution

Iraqi Message to the American People  from Francois Tremblay

Another Bit on Proudhon and “Socialism” by Shawn Wilbur

Russia Welcomes Obama with Deployment of Nuclear-Capable Missles

Now What? by Frank J. Menetrez

A Look Under the Hood of an Obama Administration by Joshua Frank

Brad Will is Still Dead by John Ross

Outside the Beltway by Patroon

Why Did Prop 5 Fail? And What’s Going On With California These Days? by Alix

Conservatives Lost More Than An Election by Chuck Baldwin

An Unnecessary Defeat? by Pat Buchanan

The Race for Third Place W. James Antle III

Humility or Hubris? by Sheldon Richman

We All Need Somebody to Lean On by Niccolo Adami

Saul Alinsky Interview from 1972 from Jim Britell

A ParEcon Workplace is Possible by Jessica Azulay

Do Patents Increase Innovation? by Keith Sawyer

Obama’s Draft by Niccolo Adami

Nonviolent Activists Are Terrorists by Francois Tremblay

Prohibition is the Problem from No Third Solution

Hail to the Chief of Staff by Alexander Cockburn

The Politics of Fire by Jeffrey St Clair

Obama, Emanuel and Israel by John V. Whitbeck

Obama Faces an Economic Disaster by Saul Landau

Obama and Afghanistan: The Return of Clintonia by Lawrence Velvel

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss by Richard Rhames

Secession Article on World Net Daily

Forget the Honeymoon by Justin Raimondo

Worse Than Bush? by Ted Galen Carpenter

Goodbye Neocons, Hello Liberal Bretheren by Ivan Eland

Time to Finish Off the Neocons by Doug Bandow

The Change Cuba Needs by Stephen Wilkinson

Murray Rothbard, Giant by Roy Childs

Cursed Be the Christian Coalition by Laurence Vance

Worse Than Bush? by William Norman Grigg

The State Has Co-Opted the Counterculture by Anthony Gregory

Sustainable Fascism by Bill Anderson

Updated News Digest November 2, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorised, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the public interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolised, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”

                                                                                    -Pierre Joseph Proudhon

 

Welcome to Obamaland by Pat Buchanan

Coming Pleasures by Paul Gottfried

Obama and the Left by Daniel Flynn

Don’t Drop the Soap, Ted Stevens!

Methamphetamine Runnin’ ‘Round My Brain by Alix

Reality Overthrows “History’s Actors” by Paul Craig Roberts

Scenes from the Global Class War by Michael Hudson

How to Smuggle Cannabis

Is That Your Appetite? by Rad Geek

Proudhon on the Origin of Property by Shawn Wilbur

The Real Heroes in Afghanistan

The US and Political Killings by Niccolo Adami

The Opium Commodity by Niccolo Adami

Sarah Palin Linked to Terrorist by Francois Tremblay

McCain and Pinochet by John Dinges

Obamanations by Niranjan Ramakrishna

Chickenhawks and the Horrors of War by Mike Whitney

Feds Disrupt Skinhead Plot to Assassinate Obama 

October Surprise? by Justin Raimondo

Obama: Appeaser of the Powerful by Alexander Cockburn

Try AIPAC! Grant F. Smith interviewed by Scott Horton

The Failure of “Human Rights” Imperialism by Seumas Milne

Imperialism, Not Islam, is the Problem by Jacob Hornberger

The US Army’s Domestic Deployment by Glenn Greenwald

Alan Greenspan: Ayn Rand’s “Undertaker” by Murray Rothbard

Financial Madness by Bill Anderson

A Review of “W” by Anthony Gregory

Don’t Vote! by Lew Rockwell

The Conservative Rebellion by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

Why Obama Must Win by Niccolo Adami

Ralph Nader for President by Dylan Waco

Don’t Blame Me; I’m Voting for Kodos by Jennifer Abel

Very Cool New Blog By Two Old Broads (in their 80s!)

The World Tires of Dollar Hegemony by Paul Craig Roberts

America’s Half Blood Prince: Barack Obama’s Story of Race and Inheritance new book from Steve Sailer

Cholera or Plague? You Decide! Taki’s Magazine Editors Give Their Endorsements

The Right Choice? American Conservative Editors Give Theirs

Who’s Getting Your Vote? And Now from the Reason Magazine Editors

The US Empire Will Survive Bush by Arno J. Mayer

Untied States by John Schwenkler

Lockdown in Texas Prisons

SWAT PIGS Move in on the Mohawks

Animal Rights Activists Face Repression in the UK

Danish Hell’s Angels Kick Back Against Immigrant Gangs

Archilles Kritikos, R.I.P.

Green Party Slandered by Pro-Torture Zionazi Scumbag Alan Dershowitz

Thousands of Young Anarchists, Fascists and Communists March in Rome

Socialist or National Socialist by Tom DiLorenzo

The Smashing of Dreams is Not Over by Gary North

Faith of Our Fathers by Laurence Vance

Comrade Barack by Anthony Gregory

Is War Good for the Economy? No! by Justin Raimondo

The Other Election by Bill Lind

You Can’t Cut Spending and Spare “Defense” by Charles Pena

Analysts Question Timing of Syria Raid

America’s Slow Motion Fascist Coup Naomi Wolf interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The State Debate: Some or None? by David Gordon

The Next Dear Leader and Perpetual War by Tom Engelhardt and Andrew Bacevich

Making Excuses for Obama by Justin Raimondo

Conservative Fantasies by Doug Bandow

Palestinian Kristallnacht by Jonathan Cook

Strange Stike on Syria by Farrah Hassen

Comrade Obama? by Pat Buchanan

Why I Support Pastor Chuck by John Derbyshire

How I Became a Resentful Naderite by Peter Brimelow

Naderism in Defense of Liberty is No Vice by Justin Raimondo

Bob Barr for President by Alexander Cockburn

R.I.P. Studs Terkel

The Bailout: Bush’s Final Pillage by Naomi Klein

Greed, What’s That? by Patroon

A Question for Statists by Niccolo Adami

The Anarchy Boogey-Man

Nationalizing Banks, Impoverishing Society by Sheldon Richman

Bugs Before People by Niccolo Adami

A Commie’s Take on Anarchism

Hustler Endorses Serra Paylin