This question comes as a result of the lack of cohesiveness amongst the adherents of anarchism. Anarchists, while professing a common universality of values and beliefs, act as roving tribes when it comes to meetings between their different ideological sects. None seem to coalesce around any unifying concept, with each trying to outdo the other in how left-wing, anti-racist or intersectional they are. That’s all well and good for debate stages and internet forums, but it hardly builds a movement that can be politically and socially strong and that can challenge prevailing power structures. It leads to the question of whether anarchism, as the according ideology to so many beliefs, is really worth the time, the activism, the commitment that it is given. Continue reading
by John Steppling
If Trump is the price we have to pay to defeat Clintonian neoliberalism – so be it.
— Mumia Abu-Jamal
One of the most unexpected political results has now occured. Trump is the next US president. Against all the odds, all the polls, all the pundits and significant chunks of the world’s population, Trump has inched Clinton to become president. But while surprising, even in a year where we’ve seen many revolts against the general ‘establishment’, including Brexit, the rise of the Pirate Party in Iceland, the rise of national populism in many European countries and so on, it’s quite evident why Trump won. Continue reading
With the advent of Brexit in the UK, and the rise on the one hand of national populism (combined with demagoguery) and on the other hand liberal cosmopolitanism in America, libertarianism could be basking in the glory of its own radical praxis. It could advocate for economic and political decentralisation, for political pluralism and for the development of truly freed markets which limit the effects of capital accumulation and rentierism. They could be showing the world examples of stateless and quasi-stateless societies that have existed for millennia, or simply demonstrating the multitude of free market systems that exist within the cracks of modern state capitalism. Fortunately there are some that actually do this. However the majority seem more interested in defending corporate largesse, intellectual property and the plethora of phony free trade agreements that abound. Continue reading
I think this is relatively intelligent way of viewing international conflicts when ignorant of on-the-ground facts. Taking this position at the very least means moving away from the simplistic good-bad dichotomies that both naive pacificts and stupid neoconservatives hold.
by Chris Dillow
While I agree with the wider political and ideological analysis by Martland, I can’t seriously see Donald Trump as the candidate for such a transition to nationalism. His credentials and his ideological beliefs (what little there are) have a much greater connection with corporate fascism than either genuine organic nationalism or the natural order of society. I think the nascent Alt-Right and other Trump supporters who are creating a movement that moves beyond the disingenuousness of Trump are much better than any presidential candidate. (by the blog author)
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by Jakub Jankowski
Equality is bullshit. Hierarchy is essential. The races are different. The sexes are different. Morality matters and degeneracy is real. All cultures are not equal and we are not obligated to think they are. Man is a fallen creature and there is more to life than hollow materialism. Finally, the white race matters, and civilisation is precious. This is the Alt-Right.
– Millennial Woes
Hillary Clinton’s newest offensive against Donald Trump’s campaign involves the vilification of a political movement that until recently was reputedly hiding in the ‘far reaches of the internet’ from which ‘dark conspiracy theories’ are allegedly being forged. This denunciation was aimed at an increasingly popular congregation known as the ‘Alternative Right.’ This crowd was recently labelled as ‘Trump’s Shock Troops’ by the BBC in an overt reference to Nazi Germany, and as ‘white supremacists’ as well as ‘a paranoid fringe group’ by Clinton herself, during the speech she gave in Reno, Nevada. How close is Clinton to the truth – is the ‘Alt-Right’ really solely composed of racist, intolerant, neo-Nazis and of other non-kosher superficial labels? Warm, hot, cold! Continue reading
The constant need to define one’s philosophical and ideological beliefs through a convenient form of superstructure is something that can be found amongst all philosophies. The multiple libertarian ideologies are no different in this regard. Whether it be anarchism, left-libertarianism, classical liberalism or any other clique, fad or ism, they all share a common vapidity and a petty tribalism, which rather than allowing for a fluid, pluralistic movement which is open and understanding, prefers exclusiveness and minoritarianism. Continue reading
Both sides of the EU referendum debate made a mockery of public discourse and intelligent political engagement. They relied on sloganeering, character assassination and the inflating of ridiculous forecasts to suggest either utopia or dystopia. Even now, two months after the vote to leave, these petty debates rage on, with both sides accused of lying through their teeth (and rightfully so). Continue reading
by Daevid Glass
As a market anarchist, I’ve always believed the electoral process has little to offer me, but for one reason or another, I couldn’t help myself from voting. Being passionate about politics, the mainstream discourse had an allure for me. The fact that no parties represent my views made deciding which was the least evil a fascinating puzzle. My conclusion was something like this: (a) in a safe seat, vote for a regionalist party if available, (b) if not, vote Green (as they have some decentralist policies, advocate Universal Basic Income and are non-interventionist), or (c) if in a marginal, vote towards the Left to help alleviate poverty. I’ve been asking myself some questions to reconsider my views, and have now changed my mind. Continue reading