A book that a lot of today’s “progressives” need to read. Originally published in 1941, Arthur Koestler’s modern masterpiece, Darkness At Noon, is a powerful and haunting portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious fray of the Moscow show trials of the late 1930s. Available here. […]
One thing I find particularly interesting is some leftists continue to deny that “cancel culture” even exists, including ones who have actually been canceled. It’s like the French radicals or old Bolsheviks who defended the regime right up until the moment they were ordered to the guillotine or […]
Investigative reporter at The Intercept, Ken Klippenstein, discusses the cost of sending the National Guard to the Capitol during the riots and the days following.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss new NBC News polls showing low support for QAnon.
They’re just now figuring this out? Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to a new Monmouth University poll showing Americans’ growing distrust in the way the government is run.
By Keith Preston Between the time that Donald Trump entered the Republican primaries in 2015 to the moment of the January 6, 2021 supposed “coup attempt,” the specter of “fascism” has been raised by critics of Trumpism. Analogies to the failed Weimar liberal-capitalist regime of the pre-Nazi era […]
By Ally Marie McLean Araby” by James Joyce explores the feelings associated with the pursuit of illusory escapism from a life of drudgery. The protagonist, an unnamed Dublin schoolboy at the turn of the century, takes little pleasure from his daily life. He finds a distraction from the […]
By J.P. Cortez Boise, Idaho (February 11, 2021) — The Idaho State House today overwhelmingly approved a bill which enables the State Treasurer to protect state reserve funds from inflation and financial risk by holding physical gold and silver. State representatives voted 51-19 to pass House Bill 7, […]
“They started it! They started it!” says a Democratic pundit. By Perry Bacon, Jr., FiveThirtyEight In his inaugural address, President Biden described America as in the midst of an “uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal.” His invocation of a civil war […]
Some paleo-pig-love from Bill Lind. Actually, the question of how much to love/hate the cops, how much violence to use, how much to reject the conventional political system, etc. is going to be a big source of division on the Right in the future. By William S. Lind, […]
This is somewhat interesting because it shows how the FOX circle is trying to spin things in the post-Trump era and how the progressoids are responding. The FOXers seem caught in the middle between their Trumpist base and their neocon overlords.
By Otfried Höffe, TELOS It is hard to believe. More than seventy years after the adoption of the Basic Law, a constitution opposed to all dictatorships, two principles have ceased to be self-evident: the content of the basic freedoms and the separation of powers in the organization of […]
By Russell A. Berman, TELOS Both sides of the transatlantic alliance, America and Europe, pride themselves on their commitment to freedom. And rightly so: these political communities emerged out of histories of extended emancipation struggles, laying claim to rights against pre-democratic authoritarian states, just as they have done […]
A modern variation of the peasant riots of the Middle Ages. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to day two of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.
This should be a howler. Team Rising reacts to reports that ex-GOP officials are looking to form a third, center-right political party.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to major moments at Neera Tanden’s confirmation hearing.
The ongoing retreat of drug prohibition represents a major paradigm shift. Co-founder of Cornbread Hemp, Jim Higdon, explains how and why marijuana should be legalized on state and local levels.
In the summer of 2020, the urban lumpenproletariat struck. Then, in January 2021, the rural/suburban lumpenproletariat and sinking middle struck. Krystal Ball analyzes the ongoing debate between racism and economic anxiety.
By Konstantinos I Kotis Artiﬁcial Intelligence (AI) is a way of making software think intelligently, in a similar way the intelligent humans think. AI attempts not just to understand an intelligent entity, and the way it perceives understands, predicts, and manipulates a world far larger and more complicated […]
Freedom News The centenary of Kropotkin’s death is a good time to return to the question he asked in Freedom in 1886: what must we do? Ruth Kinna considers a thinker whose work evolved through a rapidly changing political and social era but never lost its humanity and […]
As if the fusion of capitalism and wokeness wasn’t bad enough, now corporations are becoming actual cults. By Jessa Crispin, The Guardian Do you feel lost? Like your life has been drained of meaning or purpose? During your work day, do you wander from task to task in […]
There are positives and negatives associated with this. On one hand, this is kind of like a revival of company towns. On the other hand, they help fuel startup societies.
Over ten years ago, I predicted the sinking middle class would be part of the basis of future insurgent movements. I generally got the socioeconomic and demographic factors right, although the political realignment along system/anti-system lines I was hoping for never happened. Instead, the Red and Blue Tribes […]
Proposal would radically change U.S. elections — including adding members of Congress and increasing size of Electoral College
By Anthony Man, South Florida Sun-Sentinel U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings has introduced legislation that could drastically change U.S. government and elections — including increasing the size of the House of Representatives and the number of Electoral College votes that decide the presidency. The ultimate impact of one key […]
To be fair, they would be the ideal ticket for the party of “woke capitalism.”
Like him or not, he was genuinely important for the cause of free speech and freedom of the press, which we will need in the years and decades ahead. By Paul Valentine, Washington Post Larry Flynt, one of America’s most notorious pornographers and self-proclaimed champions of First Amendment […]
House impeachment managers presented newly-released security camera video showing the events of the pro-Trump Capitol riot unfolding from inside the building.
He’s not “missing” it. He’s just ignoring it. Author and Georgetown professor, Dr. Trita Parsi, details the current tension between the US and Iran over sanctions.
The two guys that were interviewed for this segment were morons. Team Rising discusses the Biden administration’s potential extradition of Julian Assange from the UK despite protests from civil liberties groups.
Another regrettable discussion of “economic reform” that ignores the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of laws and policies that collectively have the effect of distributing wealth upward and creating the ruling class.
A bunch of moron lawyers making a case on behalf of a moron ex-president to a bunch of moron politicians. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to the first day of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.
It seems that right now things could be considered better for the “libertarian-left” than at any point in the past, at least in US history. By “libertarian-left,” I mean that umbrella of philosophies with a generally anti-authoritarian ethos but which also do not deify corporate tycoons as Nietzschean […]
By John Matrix, Police State USA Editor’s note: A police state is a “state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population.” The micromanagement and control over entire industries — such as health care — is categorically […]
This is more like it.
Most leftists are actually pretty weak on the state, from Noam “I’d like to see the power of the federal government increased” Chomsky downward. It’s like medieval peasants who thought the king was going to save them from the landlords. Most libertarians are terrible on capitalism: “The state […]
By Douglas A. Irwing, Peterson Institute for International Economics World economic integration has been in decline since the 2008–10 financial crisis, ushering in an era of “slowbalization” or even deglobalization. Tracing global trade openness—the ratio of world exports to world GDP—reveals five distinct eras of globalization since 1870. […]
I generally lean toward the view that minus the institutional apparatus that has the effect of centralizing wealth and economic power, economic life would primarily be a matter of localized systems of production for localized use, intermeshed into larger horizontal networks for the facilitation of exchange. Although the […]
We have to be wary of mainstream claims of “American retreat,” which is often just a propagandistic tactic of the “indispensable nation” type. But it does look like the tides have very slowly started to turn away from unipolarity and globalization, a process that has been accelerated by […]
Greece High Definition Philip Matijak is a professor at the University of Cambridge and an expert on ancient history. He has more than 20 books to his credit and has devoted particular attention to the history of the ancient Greeks and Romans. From the temple guard and the […]
Interestingly, Russia, which is far more socially conservative than the USA, is number 2. By Stephanie Kramer, Pew Research Center For decades, the share of U.S. children living with a single parent has been rising, accompanied by a decline in marriage rates and a rise in births outside […]
A People’s Bank? That sounds almost Proudhonian. Community Land Trusts? That’s almost Georgist. Krystal Ball and Kyle Kulinski interview Andrew Yang. Yang is a bit weak on foreign policy, particularly when it comes to a certain “special relationship,” but fortunately he’s only running for mayor, not prez, so […]
The full video of a talk I gave in England a few years ago. Watch here. Imagine the proliferation of hundreds of thousands of communities reflecting infinite diversity in infinite combination. One of the main problems many anarchists have is their prescriptive universalism. But real anarchy would look […]
I’m glad to see left-wing commentators like Kyle discussing the Deep State.
The USA is rapidly becoming a society that has the social norms of the Western European ruling classes but the class structures of Latin America. This situation will likely lead to more civil unrest in the future, along with populist movements with demagogues of their own, left and […]
Now that’s funny. Hopefully, the “GOP Civil War” will turn violent.