Since its emergence in the middle of the twentieth century, the American Empire has been fueled by the search for an enemy. This episode of Zero Squared features a conversation with Daniel Bessner features a conversation about Karl Schmidt, the friend/enemy distinction, the cold war, and American Empire’s […]
New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism: The Individual, the National and the Transnational
By Constance Bantman and David Berry Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in the history of European anarchist and syndicalist movements. The rise of alter-globalisation protest borrowing many of its direct-action tactics from pre-World War I anarchism and syndicalism has been important in bringing it on […]
“Woke Imperialism / Diversity Among War Mongers” explores the fairly recently adopted language of Western foreign policy establishments post-Trump. During this session, we will discuss how the Western military, surveillance and financial establishments continue to extrapolate different formerly countercultural trends borrowed from identity politics, in order to airbrush […]
If advocates of “wokeness,” “critical race theory,” and “anti-racism” seem to be acting like religious zealots who must crush all heretics, that’s because they are, argued Columbia University linguist John McWhorter at a 2018 debate at the Soho Forum. “Anti-racism as currently configured has gone a long way […]
Michael Lind discusses the “three lefts”: trade unionists, socialists, and intersectional leftists. I’d say that for all practical purposes, the USA now has what amounts to three political parties: The party of “woke capitalism” (most Democrats, neocons, and Never Trumpers), the populist right (which is becoming more like […]
By Stefan Gleason, Money Metals Exchange Is it a temporary blip… or the beginning of a long-term trend? That’s the key question facing consumers, investors, and retirees when it comes to inflation. There’s no denying that inflation pressures have picked up dramatically over the past 12 months. Price […]
WAPO White House economics reporter, Jeffrey Stein, details how President Biden is dealing with labor shortages and inflation.
I suspect that homelessness and housing costs will be the future of class struggle in the US as opposed to organized labor, along with issues related to debt. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss a federal judge’s decision to vacate the CDC’s eviction moratorium.
More aristocracy/clerisy collaboration. Saagar Enjeti discusses how the book “Amazon Unbound” reveals that Jeff Bezos used his ownership of WAPO to combat personal crisis.
The tech-oligarchs are what you get when you combine the aristocracy and the clerisy to the point they can collectively overrule even royalty. Krystal Ball explains how Facebook’s ban of Donald Trump “worked more effectively than anyone predicted.”
Perhaps this could be a foot in the door to abolishing patents generally, although that’s obviously an uphill battle (or more like climbing Mount Everest). Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti weigh in on President Joe Biden’s decision to back Covid vaccine intellectual property waivers to expand access to […]
–At least 19 are dead in Colombian protests over a pandemic-related tax proposal
We’re gonna have some fun with this one.
By Keith Smith “You are not an anarchist!” Probably one of the most espoused statements from within the anarchist circles. The definition of anarchism seems to be the very foundation that many within anarchists constantly argue about. Stray or disagree with on opinion? Not an anarchist. Have a […]
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti weigh in on an effort that urges the Biden administration to drop a Trump-era effort to prosecute WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
Saagar Enjeti makes an argument for restrictions that would prevent lawmakers from “succumbing to self interest.”
Research director at the American Economic Liberties Project, Matt Stoller, explains how Joe Biden may have given the green light to mega mergers.
Fmr national press secretary to Bernie Sanders & co-host of The Bad Faith Podcast, Briahna Joy Gray, shares her thoughts on the American Family Plan only offering free community college.
The DOJ, the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon. The totalitarian humanist revolution is complete. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss the Biden administration’s domestic violence extremism review.
The tech-oligarchy is increasingly assuming the powers of the medieval Catholic church or the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Team Rising discusses Donald Trump’s new social platform.
Years ago, I noticed that within left-anarchist circles there is an inordinate number of accusations of sexual assault that are constantly being floated around. Apparently, that kind of thing is now working its way into the mainstream. Krystal Ball gives her thoughts on the allegations against NYC mayoral […]
Abolish patents. Period. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to Dr. Fauci’s statement that he’s “agnostic” on vaccine patents.
From 2019. It appears that the number of prisoners has leveled off and even declined slightlyly over the past decade even as population size has increased. My guess is that the overlords of the system have decided that two million prisoners is the optimal amount needed to keep […]
So, apparently, we presently have an anarchic oasis, according to Ms. Abrams. Because the right to vote for some idiot or sociopath every few years is the most sacred right of all. Stacey Abrams issued a dire warning that the US could be sliding to authoritarianism because of […]
Olympic gold medalist and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner, who is running for governor of California, released a campaign ad on Tuesday branding herself as a “thoughtful disruptor.”
A far-right commentator explains why the America of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan is finished. And good riddance. The Reagan Revolution was just as damaging to what Sam Francis called the “post-bourgeois proletariat” (the conventional working to middle classes) as anything from the Left. While the cultural assault […]
By William N. Walker, Wall Street Journal The lifting of lockdowns and easy monetary and fiscal policy will likely lead to much higher prices. The last bout of inflation the U.S. experienced was in the 1970s. Commentators duly note this historic reference but don’t really understand it—many weren’t […]
Saagar Enjeti explains why he believes “the people who run society are just as crazy, if not more, than the people who insist covid is fake.”
Southern and Western states saw the most growth over the past 10 years according to the US Census Bureau, and they gained congressional seats because of it. In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains who gained (and lost) the most from reapportionment, and what […]
It is interesting that an increasingly greater number of folks on the economic left are now realizing what I have been saying for over 20 years, i.e. that “political correctness” is used by the ruling class to distract attention from class (and other) issues and prevent class unity […]
I would go further than this analysis by Soave and argue that “woke capitalism” IS conservatism at this point if by conservatism we mean someone that wants to defend the interests of the existing ruling class and political status quo. Those who oppose “woke capitalism” from the right […]
By Bryan Caplan I teach the economics of discrimination every chance I get. Why? Because the analytical framework, launched by the great Gary Becker in 1957, mightily illuminates so many questions that we care so much about. When you see that almost all garbage collectors are male, for […]
By Bryan Caplan Last year, I tried to figure out why there aren’t a lot more right-wing (or apolitical) firms. A recent piece by Richard Hanania comes down firmly in favor of my Explanation #4. To review: Explanation #4. Few moderates or right-wingers care enough to create a major profit […]
The main effect of Trumpism seems to have been to accelerate the leftward drift of US culture. I would point out, however, that it is only on cultural issues where the left is winning. The USA continues to be as statist, capitalist, and imperialist as it ever was, […]
When the majority of the capitalist class and the intelligence services have adopted “wokeness” as their self-legitimating ideology, we know that the totalitarian humanist revolution is complete. By Richard Hanania In a democracy, every vote is supposed to be equal. If about half the country supports one side […]
TELOS Press In today’s episode of the Telos Press Podcast, David Pan talks with Rabab Kamal about her article “The Curious Case of Islamic Reform: Why the Concept of Holy Violence Remains Disputed and How Nonviolent Islamism Is More Than Problematic,” from Telos 194 (Spring 2021). An excerpt of […]
The Centrality of Social Relations: E.P. Thompson’s Concept of Class and the Renewal of Historical Materialism
By Gary Blank E. P. Thompson was an avowedly Marxist historian, but did not hide his aversion for what he termed Marx’s “Grundrisseface.” Marx’s critique of political economy, Thompson suggested, only confronted the political economists on their own turf. Marx became entrapped within the “circuits of capital,” developing […]
By Matt Taibbi In April, I joined in a debate with Ben Bradlee, Jr., the estimable onetime senior editor at my hometown Boston Globe and former overseer of the prestigious Spotlight team. For movie buffs who are wondering, Ben was played by John Slattery in the Best Picture-winning […]
By Konrad Putzier, Wall Street Journal Overseas investors turn to America’s single-family rentals. Big foreign investment firms that buy office buildings, hotels and shopping centers around the world have a new favorite real-estate play: single-family homes in American suburbs. These institutions are partnering with U.S. housing companies to […]
By Eli Saslow, Washington Post As landlords and tenants go broke across the U.S., the next crisis point of the pandemic approaches. SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The landlord had highlighted the first of the month on his office calendar and marked it as “Pay Day,” but now the first […]
Team Rising discusses the reaction to Sen. Bernie Sanders explanation for the emergence of Qanon.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to reports that the Biden admin is considering a partnership with private firms to track extremist chatter.
Donald Trump is a conman if ever there was one, but his wreaking havoc on the Republican Party and FOX News is his greatest public service. Team Rising discusses President Trump’s claims that the 2020 election should be known as the “BIG LIE”
Philosophy instructor & Jacobin columnist, Ben Burgis, discusses his new book “Canceling Comedians While the World Burns: A Critique of the Contemporary Left.”
By Nicole Hao, Epoch Times The Chinese regime has said its controversial virology institute had no relationship with the military, but the institute worked with military leaders on a government-sponsored project for almost a decade. The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) participated in a project, sponsored by the National […]
By Julian Casanova This article focuses on the various examples of anarchist violence, from terrorist action in the 1890s to anonymous bombs of the first decade of the twentieth century; from the tyranny of the Star pistol in the 1920s to the uprisings and revolutionary terror of the […]
How an anarchist commune for queer people in Custer County grew a haven in conservative rural Colorado
By Elise Schmelzer, Canon City CUSTER COUNTY — Two sets of headlights headed straight for the geodesic dome house that serves as the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch’s headquarters. Outside in the deep dark of Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley, the people who live at the ranch prepared to defend their […]
Krystal Ball and Emily Jashinsky react to polling that finds 25% of women are financially worse off a year into the pandemic.
A career of fraud on behalf of the empire. Senior correspondent and co-founder of The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill, details his analysis of President Joe Biden’s position on war over the last 50 years.
(May 3, 2021) Little Rock, Arkansas – By signing sound money legislation today, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has officially ended sales taxation on gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion and coins– thereby setting an example for legislators in New Jersey, Maine, Ohio, and Tennessee, who are still considering similar measures in […]