It’s Going Down On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with long-time anarchist musician, author, activist, and podcaster Margaret Killjoy, host of How to Live Like the World is Dying, which embraces the concept of preparedness, or “prepping,” from an anarchist perspective, while interviewing […]
Eric Laursen (Author); Maia Ramnath (Foreword), AK Press One of the most unique aspects of anarchism as a political philosophy is that it seeks to abolish the state. But what exactly is “the state”? The State is like a vast operating system for ordering and controlling relations among […]
Eric Laursen Owes Me a Lamp: Some Reactions to ‘The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State’
An anarchist review and critique of The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State, by Eric Laursen. by anonymous, It’s Going Down It feels safe to say that contemporary anarchists have a pretty poor understanding of the State. We are not alone in this: some part […]
Krystal and Saagar talk about the Biden administration pressuring Facebook to censor, CNN humiliation, the latest on lab leak, panic around the delta variant, Caitlyn Jenner’s grift, what’s causing inflation, climate disaster around the world, right to repair, and more!
Keith Knight is the host of the Don’t Tread on Anyone Podcast. Keith joined Pete to discuss James Burnham’s 1940 book, “The Managerial Revolution,” in which he lays out, and even mentions by name, the path business and government were on towards Technocracy. Keith and Pete tie it […]
Given that a left/right/center populist/libertarian/anarchist/decentralist political realignment is obviously not going to be happening any time soon, the best we can probably hope for at present is for an ongoing push-pull between the “Left” (Brahmins and their useful idiots) and “Right” (merchants and their useful idiots) as pan-secessionist […]
Assuming all of this is true, the obvious lesson is that the real power behind the state is the military and intelligence services, and their allies in the business and financial sectors, and not the elected government per se, which holds more of a managerial position. Trump wanted […]
By Bill Chappell, NPR Cuba is suffering through a summer of dire shortages, from food and electricity to medicine. Fed-up Cubans are taking to the streets in unprecedented protests — and they’re voicing their outrage through a song called Patria y Vida — homeland and life. The slogan […]
South Africa civil rights activist Ernst Roets issued a warning for the people of the United States as globalism and far-left racial politics rise to prominence in both nations on ‘Tucker Carlson Today.’
Let’s not forget that Cenk called Dore a liar for saying Cenk had advocated for bombing Syria. Naturally TYT had deleted all traces off their network, in preparation of him running for congress. But since the internet exists, Dore could post a 5 minute debate where Dore argued […]
An interesting example of left/right crossover tendencies from the pre-WW2 era. Hans Zehrer is somewhat of an obscure figure today, at least in comparison with like-minded members of the German national-revolutionary movement such as Ernst Niekisch and Karl Otto Paetel, both of whom have managed to acquire a […]
By Robert Bryce Real Clear Energy For more than a century, the promise of electric vehicles (EVs) has been parked just beyond the nearest traffic light. In 1901, the Los Angeles Times declared “The electric automobile will quickly and easily take precedence over all other” types of motor […]
Dear government: If you find spreading misinformation so dangerous, then why are you continuing to do it?
Caught between Internationalism, Transnationalism and Immigration: A Brief Account of the History of Anarchism in Egypt until 1945
By Costantino Paonessa Laura Galián Anarchism first appeared in the Southern Mediterranean countries at the end of the nineteenth century with the immigration of European workers and political exiles. Despite the important role anarchists played in introducing radical and revolutionary political thought in Egypt, only historians Anthony Gorman […]
What Hanson is describing here is fairly consistent with the way that a range of social scientists and political theorists have characterized class relations in the present era. The “Left” represents the alliance of the rising forces of digital capitalism and the professional-managerial class (Joel Kotkin’s “tech-oligarch/new clerisy” […]
New reporting suggests Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley believed former President Trump might stage a coup to try to stay in power. Admiral Mark Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses his fears of the politicization of the military.
As is often said, “You can’t make this shit up.” Bolton certainly knows the requirements for being a “fascist.” Former national security adviser John Bolton questions whether former President Donald Trump was capable of orchestrating a violent coup.
In his third book about Donald Trump, author Michael Wolff reports that Donald Trump made calls to U.S. attorneys in swing states to try to get them to investigate election fraud – Wolff wouldn’t be surprised if there are tapes: “I think that anyone who speaks to Donald […]
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the assimilation of Indigenous students in Indian boarding schools, President Joe Biden’s budget plan, the child tax credit, and the latest reported in books on the […]
“Fears and suspicions” about how far former President Trump would have gone to remain in power are still very much alive, says former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. New revelations that Pentagon leaders were concerned Trump might try to use the armed forces to support his efforts to […]
As citizen Donald Trump’s namesake company faces a criminal probe in New York, several new books expose the “horrifying” final days of his administration. One details how Trump displayed no regard for Mike Pence as MAGA rioters targeted the former Vice President during the January 6 insurrection. Other […]
A voicemail caller is not happy about our criticism of the Castro regime in Cuba, and defends the regime while blaming the United States.
The two-state solution is a lie, a cynical charade to keep you distracted while Israel steals more Palestinian land for its ethno-religious nightmare state. How much longer until those who claim to be liberal support the obvious solution? One state with equal rights for all.
My own political history is somewhat similar to Rothbard’s. Rothbard was always an anarcho-capitalist/libertarian, but over time his strategic alliances changed dramatically. He was a Dixiecrat in the late 40s. A Stevensonian Democrat in the 50s. A New Leftist in the 60s. A centrist LP libertarian in the […]
In my experience, most Republicans really don’t have a problem with racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, or gender minorities as long as they are Republican. And most liberals and leftists despise minorities who are not liberals or leftists. By Matthew Schmitz, The American Conservative Conservatives are lining up behind […]
By William S. Lind, The American Conservative In the 1930s, a minor British novelist started writing a new book, which was not a novel. Instead, William Gerhardie proposed a theory of history he called “God’s Fifth Column,” which was also his book’s title. His theory was that, just […]
Don’t worry, David. Israel is still going to get its money and weapons. By David Frum The Atlantic The GOP’s version of freedom puts greater priority on right-wing cultural folkways than on rights of property and ownership. About the author: David Frum is a staff writer at The […]
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit Exile in Happy Valley Tuning into the evening news has begun to take on all the charming qualities of a seventies Scorsese flick. Some nights I have to wipe the blood from the screen. From coast to coast, from sea to rising […]
When the US collapses and is no longer the driving force behind NATO, the two main things the Europeans will have to worry about are renewed Russian expansionism and Turkey’s neo-Ottoman ambitions. Fortunately, Russia and Turkey will be a counterbalance to each other. By Rebecca Cambell, UK Defense […]
A reader sent me this ARR tweet from a few years ago. My position on these questions has always been clear. When the USA eventually breaks apart like the USSR, new countries will emerge reflecting a range of political and cultural values. The majority of the new countries […]
By Damon Linker, The Week The conservative intelligentsia keeps returning to authoritarianism. Back in June of last year, I wrote a column about how the intellectual right was talking itself into tearing down American democracy. The occasion was a debate between David French, a social-conservative defender of the […]
By Damon Linker, The Week The name “conservatism” conveys its political aim quite clearly: It aims to conserve. But what happens when conservatives come to despise pretty much everything about the world around them? That question comes to mind in reading a statement by the editors of American […]
By Damon Linker, The Week This week’s must-read essay comes from author Laura Field at The Bulwark. “What the Hell Happened to the Claremont Institute?” is a tour de force of critical intellectual journalism, carefully laying out the history of the influential conservative institute and how it has […]
By Wesley Yang The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of America announced last year that it would set diversity quotas for any film eligible to win a best picture award. In order to enforce these targets, there will be regular surprise inspections into the racial origins […]
By Andrew Sullivan “What happened to you?” It’s a question I get a lot on Twitter. “When did you become so far right?” “Why have you become a white supremacist, transphobic, misogynistic eugenicist?” Or, of course: “See! I told you who he really was! Just take the hood […]
By Reis Thebault Washington Post In the waning weeks of Donald Trump’s term, the country’s top military leader repeatedly worried about what the president might do to maintain power after losing reelection, comparing his rhetoric to Adolf Hitler’s during the rise of Nazi Germany and asking confidants whether […]
By Damon Linker, The Week One of the best classes I took as an undergraduate was a course called “Writing as a Critic.” Students moved from genre to genre throughout the semester — one week writing a film review, the next tackling a play, then a record album, […]
The nukes and avoiding a full-blown civil war would be the two most important considerations involved in a US breakup. By Clifton B. Parker, Stanford A professor of management science and engineering explains how cooperation between U.S. and Russian scientists helped prevent a post-Cold War catastrophe. When the […]
This is a great interview with McWhorter, and one of the best discussions I have seen on these topics. He gives the answers I would be inclined to give to the interviewer’s questions. PBS, Firing Line Columbia University linguist and race commentator John McWhorter explains the origins of […]
By Philip Nieto, Spectator World Glenn Greenwald wants right-wing populists to understand that the CIA is not their friend. On Sunday thousands of Cubans swarmed the streets of Havana amid ongoing blackouts, food shortages and rising prices. Increasing COVID infections have strained the island’s healthcare system and put […]
When the US domestic regime fractures, the US empire will naturally fall along with it. Think of all the other regimes that will fall like dominoes in the process. No more US aid to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Gulf States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, or NATO. The slowing […]
This is like watching an enemy you have hated your entire life slowly dying or committing suicide. ‘Gutfeld!’ panel debate whether or not splitting certain states is a good idea.
By Kim Stanley Robinson, The Nation Climate catastrophe has transformed a minor literary genre into an important tool of human thought. Recently I read an excellent book: The Soviet Novel, by Katarina Clark. In it she observed that the USSR’s socialist realism suffered from what she called “modal […]
This is a pretty good discussion of intra-left politics as well as electoral politics from a progressive perspective.
By Zachary Stieber Epoch Times Michigan’s Senate on Thursday approved a petition that repeals Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers, with another approval expected by the state’s lower chamber. Whitmer, a Democrat, cannot veto the petition. The Michigan Senate’s 20-15 vote came two days after the Board of State […]
By Matt Taibbi Yes, the government is helping crack down on text messages and Facebook posts, but not to worry. At least your private thoughts are safe, right? Not so fast, found filmmaker Matt Orfalea. America’s burgeoning censorship movement had a great week. The White House jumped on […]
By Kiran Sridhar, TELOS In 2013, Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff of the Russian Armed Forces and a close confidant of longtime defense minister Sergey Shoygu, published an article in a narrowly circulated military journal, Military-Industrial Courier. The article had an anodyne title: “The Value […]
It’s not a question of either/or. Cubans can have legitimate complaints about their government, and the US can be attempting to subvert the protests at the same time. By Lorenz Duchamps Epoch Times Black Lives Matter is blaming the U.S. government’s “cruel and inhumane” economic embargo for the current unrest […]
By Philip Giraldi In less than six months in office President Joe Biden has already developed a national security policy that appears to lean strongly towards proactive use of military force in questionable circumstances, as if war is the answer to every problem. Biden should nevertheless be applauded […]
By Robert Weissberg, Intellectual Takeout What do super rich people with multi-million dollar summer homes in the Hamptons and similar enclaves think about today’s troubled, often violent politics? Frank answers are seldom forthcoming given that an impolite answer might invite social ostracism and exclusion from A-list parties. But […]