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|Tuesday, May 20th, 2014|
Anyone still around? There was some good material in this community once...
|Wednesday, July 29th, 2009|
the web of established powers
I had long known that some oppressive powers facilitate other oppressive powers. Over time, my awareness of these ties grew, until I realized that there is in fact a web of powers. When I diagrammed said web on my computer though, I saw that the web was much larger and complex than I had imagined. I have refined the diagram many times over many days as I have put together the pieces of the web, and I will probably make additional revisions in the future.
This web of powers is not a conspiracy in the sense that every component of the web is concerned with and works with every other component, but rather, each component is usually only concerned with it's immediate neighbors on the web, and sometimes not even that much, but the net effect is the same as if all components were working with eachother.( Here is the diagram. (1800x1400 pixels, 36kb)Collapse )
|Thursday, June 25th, 2009|
|Saturday, March 28th, 2009|
i predict a riot (ous denoucniation of the ruling elite. word)
the press are all f***ing over
our trusty metropolitan police
's grave predictions
of some kind of anarchist bloodbath at the G20.
where random bankers will be plucked from the suited masses,
and summarily executed to the baying of the crowd.
no. we are not idiots.
if you turn up in riot vans and riot gear and an bad attitude
what do you think will happen?
a matter of state i guess.
in our glorious democracy...
that's what i give 'em
a bit of discipline.
give a man a piece of land and he'll be grateful,
give a man a gun and a piece of land
and he'll be more than grateful.
so then, this dangerous protest you so dramatically predict.
bankers burning in the street,
death toll = 0
better things the police could be doing = lots
|Saturday, June 21st, 2008|
a social liberal group
I have created a group for social liberals, which covers all of the social liberty
issues in which positions are strongly correlated. I have not found any other
such group on livejournal or elsewhere on the internet:http://community.livejournal.com/social_liberals/profile
Libertarians of various kinds (libertarian capitalists, libertarian socialists, and
variants thereof) conflict on economic issues, but all sorts of libertarians are
usually social liberals. This is therefore a broad group, and one which focuses
purely on the social liberty issues.
|Wednesday, June 4th, 2008|
I have created a place for "ecumenical" discussions between our "Democratic" and "State Socialists" friends and with other schools of libertarians (probably including the vulgar variety) : liberalterian
|Saturday, May 31st, 2008|
|Tuesday, May 20th, 2008|
Hello everyone, my name is Soviet Onion. I'm a big proponent of Agorism, left-libertarianism and market anarchism, and a partisan to liberty in general. I'm also a concerned one. Radical libertarianism, as a social movement, still barely exists. Our present state of affairs seems to be one of isolation and atomization, even at the local level. Whatever activism does take place mostly piggybacks on whatever political reformism the Libertarian Party or assorted "small government conservatives" are involved in (seen by partyarchs as the alternative to "doing nothing"). We've seen this recently with the Ron Paul phenomenon.
You'll have to excuse this young anarchist, but this all seems terribly inappropriate. For a libertarians, and libertarian anarchists especially, political success is less of matter of directing the state toward certain favored ends and more a matter of blocking it from wreaking more evil. Directly and immediately. The point is not to scribble libertarian amendments into the Constitution but to make un-libertarian laws unenforceable, to make civil society ungovernable. With that in mind, and to kick start some much needed organization, I propose that we converge on the coming Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The anarchist "Welcoming Commitee" has been organizing a series of actions for over two years. Their primary of objective is to halt the convention before it begins by blockading the major streets and bridges around the Xcel Energy Center, sealing it off before the delegates arrive. A detailed account of this strategy, and the reasons for selecting it, can be found here. Those concerned about the residents' welfare should note that the Feds are shutting down the city anyway, so a blockade won't cost merchants and residents any business or block any movement that hasn't already been taken from them by the Republicans. The only people we'd be impeding are the delegates.
Summit hopping has it's secondary benefits, as the social anarchists have noted over the years. One of which is that it allows activists from distant locations to meet and devolop a geographic sense of eachother. As a currently dispersed and highly atomized tendency, there's nothing we need more. The Twin Cities will make an ideal focal point for that, do our part beside other members of the RNC Welcoming Commitee in disrupting the political class, to distribute and disseminate agorist ideas at the convergence spaces, and as an opportunity for members of our currently far-flung milieu to meet and communicate face-face. Even if the proposed blockade fails, going there together would be a boon to ourselves.
Eight months ago, this call was placed on the LeftLibertarian2 listserve by William Gillis, exhorting us to join the opposition:
. . . .
"Hey folks, my name's Will and I'm a big fan of Agorism, the Libertarian Left and Market Anarchism in general. I'm also founding member of the RNC Welcoming Committee (a broad, non-sectarian coalition of anarchists and anti-authoritarians in the Twin Cities working to give the Republican Party a Minnesota-nice welcome to our state).
For over a year now we've been working to facilitate a diversity of tactics by Anarchists in responding to and overshadowing the Republican National Convention being held next year in St. Paul. The convention is a big propaganda show and it's important that anarchist voices are distinctly represented in the opposition. On the one hand whatever we do it's a sure thing that anarchists from around the country will flock to the Twin Cities with the intent of pulling militant and dramatic direct action. On the other hand we have to live here and it's not enough simply to disrupt the political class, we have to sustain long-term projects towards autonomy and self reliance in or communities. In part that means counter-economic organizing to create an infrastructure for the anarchist response, but it also means respecting every perspective and not trying to impose one set of solutions. We're a diverse bunch of primitivists, insurrectionaries, individualists, class-war reds, cyberpunks and generally uncategorizable anti-authoritarians. (You can read our broad points of unity here http://www.nornc.org/who-we-arepoints-of unity/ and be sure to check out the definition of capitalism.)
A recently formed national network called Unconventional Action has called for a specific strategy of Direct Action to block off the Convention on the fist day and ideally prevent any delegates from arriving. But regardless of whether we succeed in denying the Republicans access to our city (a city whose government has rolled over and coughed up millions of tax dollars and public property for this charade) it's important that we eclipse the convention. The plan is to have plenty of events simultaneously and beyond direct resistance demonstrate to the world by example how a better world is possible. In doing both we'll crash their little staged show!
Even if it's Ron Paul at the podium instead of Giuliani, it's vital that the political class is not afforded a moment or an iota of legitimacy.
Beyond direct action (whether it be conventionally "non-violent" & passive or involving the aggressive rejection of oligarchical property's legitimacy) it's important to use this opportunity to build our movement, both within and without. The Welcoming Committee has been doing serious work and the 08 RNC is gearing up to be a major event in activist history. That we Anarchists are the ones best prepared and most visible of everyone organizing for the RNC (while the various liberal and socialist groups are still floundering) speaks volumes.
While I can't presume to personally speak for the Welcoming Committee, a Libertarian Left presence at the counter-convention would be fondly appreciated. Any support you'd like to individually or collectively (A3! ) contribute would be absolutely wonderful. Whether it's just a statement, participation in the actions (agorist affinity groups?!), a separate project, setting up a symposium during the festivities, propping up a book cart in front of a convergence space, or lending some mutual aid and helping us build the infrastructure needed to feed, shelter (etc) the thousands upon thousands of anarchists descending on our fair cities. (Black Markets can also be Gift Economies... hint, hint)
When I was in Seattle in '99 there was one loud guy shouting above the din of the crowd that the WTO was impeding Free Trade and globally raising cost-of-entry to the market, and that was it's crime! That one crazy guy had something of an effect upon me. Imagine how great it would be if there was an entire bloc of them! ;)
This is our Call To Action: http://www.rncwelcomingcommittee.org/2007/09/30/crash-the-convention-2008-call-to-action/
Please take a look at it and consider participating however you feel comfortable. I guarantee you'll have a friend in the committee."
. . . .
Transport and housing lists will available on the Welcoming Committe website, but won't be fully fleshed out about until a month beforehand... sorry, that's the best they can do. The good news is that for anyone under 25 and vaguely student-ish, Macalester SDS can provide literally unlimited space (bring a sleeping bag and maybe a tent, whatever you need to be comfortable). Registration is ongoing at http://minnesotasds.org/.
Those who are interested are invited to head over to this thread on the newly formed LeftLibertarian forums, where we'll discuss the tactics, group organization and ideal placement within the greater range of activities. Even if you're unable to come, you're still welcome to drop by and help us plan.
Give it some thought. If you know anyone else who might be interested, please pass the message along to them. I'll also be posting this message on some of the more public market anarchist venues.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
|Tuesday, April 15th, 2008|
Fat Cats And Bigga Fish/The Political Means
Nowhere has the coercive and parasitic nature of the State been more clearly limned than by the great late nineteenth-century German sociologist, Franz Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer pointed out that there are two and only two mutually exclusive means for man to obtain wealth. One, the method of production and voluntary exchange, the method of the free market, Oppenheimer termed the "economic means"; the other, the method of robbery by the use of violence, he called the "political means." The political means is clearly parasitic, for it requires previous production for the exploiters to confiscate, and it subtracts from instead of adding to the total production in society. Oppenheimer then proceeded to define the State as the "organization of the political means" -- the systematization of the predatory process over a given territorial area.
[Franz Oppenheimer, The State (New York: Vanguard Press, 1926), pp. 24-27 and passim.]
Murray Rothbard, The Libertarian Manifesto
Manorialism, commonly, is recognized to have been founded by robbery and usurpation; a ruling class established itself by force, and then compelled the peasantry to work for the profit of their lords. But no system of exploitation,including capitalism, has ever been created by the action of a free market. Capitalism was founded on an act of robbery as massive as feudalism. It has been sustained to the present by continual state intervention to protect its system of privilege, without which its survival is unimaginable.
The current structure of capital ownership and organization of production in our so-called "market" economy, reflects coercive state intervention prior to and extraneous to the market. From the outset of the industrial revolution, what is nostalgically called "laissez-faire" was in fact a system of continuing state intervention to subsidize accumulation, guarantee privilege, and maintain work discipline. libertarianismleft_libertaria
Kevin Carson , The Iron Fist Behind The Invisible Hand -Corporate Capitalism As A State Guaranteed System Of Privilege
Mr. Coke said to Mr. Mayor, "You know we got a process like Ice T's hair.
We put up the fund for your election campaign
And, oh um, waiter can you bring the champagne.
Our real estate firms said opportunities arousing
To make some condos out of low-income housing
Immediately we need some media heat
To say that gangs run the street and then we bring in the police
Harrasing everybody till they look inebriated
When we buy the land mother****** will appreciate it
Dont worry about the Urban League or Jesse Jackson
My man that owns Marlboros
Donated a fat sum"
Fat Cats, Bigga Fish - The Coup
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|Monday, February 25th, 2008|
|Tuesday, February 19th, 2008|
I'm looking for a wholesale distributor of individualist or market anarchist books and pamphlets. Something similar to AKPress who can give a community center/infoshop/group discount prices (reaching 40% discount).
|Saturday, January 26th, 2008|
(x-posted) How many GOP presidential candidates does it take to beat Ron Paul?
In Louisiana...all of them.
Louisiana has a two-part caucus to select GOP national convention delegates; (the primary is basically a beauty pageant). See explanations of how it all works here
. Various pro-Paul groups around the state were able to amass enough qualified individuals to submit a full slate of delegates - more than any other candidate; one third of all delegates submitted were Paul delegates
. In anticipation
, supporters of Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain and Romney banded together
to submit a slate of uncommitted delegates labeled "Pro-Life/Pro-Family;" this hybrid slate
beat the Ron Paul slate in all 7 districts. It is currently unknown
as to how many supporters of each candidate were on the hybrid slate.
Here's the Pro-Life/Pro-Family ballot:
Unofficial results are in, and the final results (when ready) will be here
McCain is in first so far, followed by Ron Paul then Mitt Romney. Five-hundred provisional ballots remain to be counted. However, the Paul campaign is contesting the results
and requesting that the LA GOP count all of the ballots and even check the credentials of some of the delegates.::Update::
The original deadline for submitting delegates was January 10th. After the huge slate of Ron Paul delegates was submitted, the LA GOP extended the deadline to January 12th to allow other candidates to submit more delegates.
Additionally, quite a few Democrats and Independents switched parties in order to participate in the GOP caucus. The deadline to register as a Republican to be eligible to participate was November 30th. However, the LA GOP used a voter list from November 1st at the caucus locations to check eligibility. Voters who had registered after November 1st (but before the deadline) were forced to use provisional ballots, 500 of which have not yet been counted - though the results of the race are already being trumpeted.In a few cases
, even state-certified, pre-approved Ron Paul delegates were forced to use provisional ballots.
Spread this far and wide - tell your friends what happened in Louisiana, and don't let them get away with politics as usual.http://www.thinkmoderate.com/2008/01/how-many-gop-presidential-candidates.html
|Monday, January 14th, 2008|
March on Jena - January 21st
January 21st: Oppose the Lynch Mob Racists! No to Nooses! Free the Jena Six! We Want a Better World!
White Supremacists plan to march in Jena on Martin Luther King Day in 2008. On Martin Luther King day of all days, the one day that is supposed to be about the struggle of Black people, they are coming to march with Nooses! This is a call to people everywhere: On Monday January 21st, get to Jena! OPPOSE THE LYNCH MOB RACISTS!
Displaying nooses is a hateful and terrorizing message. These racists want to take us back to the days of lynch mobs murdering Black people in this country. Nooses are INTOLERABLE. Bring a sign, hang a poster, make a banner, get to Jena, SAY NO TO NOOSES!
The Jena High students said no to nooses hung at their school when they protested by standing underneath the “white only tree”. Then on September 20th, 2007 tens of thousands of people stood up, marching in Jena and around the country. People said Enough is Enough to the injustice in punishing Black youth who take a stand against racism. The white supremacists call Black youth criminals and thugs, they say, “Jail the Jena Six”. Let's say it loud again in Jena: FREE THE JENA SIX!
It is in response to September 20th and what that day achieved that white supremacists are lashing out, with a message that takes us back to the horrors of lynch mobs and segregation. When racism rears its ugly head, it is up to people everywhere white and Black, people of all nationalities, to take a stand. If you are against injustice and inequality, if you want racism to end... its up to you to voice it! If we don't speak up and stand up, this horrific message will go unopposed. If not us who? If not now when?
Protest in Jena on January 21st. Join people everywhere in politically opposing white supremacy and drowning out their message of hate with the message that WE WANT A BETTER WORLD.
January 21st Committee
* A group of 14 Jena residents Black and white, young and old, including two parents of the Jena Six
* Reverend Raymond Brown Community Activist, New Orleans
* William Winters, Baton Rouge Activist
* Student Organizers from University of California, PA and Howard University
* Alice Woodward and Hank Brown, Jena, LA correspondents for Revolution
* Herb Boyd, The Black World Today, NY,NY
* Don Rojas, The Black World Today, NY,NY
* Miky Espinal, NY organizer for Health & Hospital Workers Union 1199*
* Thomas Kleven, Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
* Idress Stelley Foundation
* Education Not Incarceration (SanFransisco Chapter)
* San Fransisco Bayview Free The Jena Six Task Force
* San Fransisco Village Voice Community Radio, 105.5 FM
* San Fransisco Bay view Campaign to End the Death Penalty
* Sess 4-5 Nuthin But Fire Records, New Orleans
* Cindy Sheehan, Candidate for Congress, California's 8th district, mother of KIA soldier Casey Sheehan
* 60 residents of Cabrini Green, Chicago
* C3 (Community, Concern, Compassion)/Hands Off Iberville, New Orleans
* Mayday New Orleans
* Don Paul, writer, musician, Housing is a Human Right, New Orleans
*For identification purposes only
Join us! This call is still in progress and we invite organizations, student groups, Jena residents and others to endorse.
Spread the word! Get out this call far and wide, support and build for January 21st!
Contact the committee: firstname.lastname@example.org 318.312.1297
|Tuesday, January 1st, 2008|
I read this Graphic Novel Yesterday.http://www.shootingwar.com/
I really enjoyed it and think that it did a good job of illustrating some aspects of journalism and war. Have any of you read it yet?
|Monday, November 19th, 2007|
|Saturday, November 17th, 2007|
|Wednesday, October 17th, 2007|
pamphlets on individualist anarchism?
I'm looking for some good pamphlets, or short/cheap books (to give away or sell), that critique ancap and/or minarchist views from an individualist anarchist perspective.
Hell, i'm looking for any good pamphlets oriented around indivualist anarchism, so long as they don't take an apologist or tolerant tone regarding capitalism.
And, as for this post, I am not looking to get into one of those long, drawn out debates I've had so many of, and that I'm sure have occured plenty in this forum :)
|Thursday, June 21st, 2007|
ALL on the radio
Roderick Long, Brad Spangler, Wally Conger and Shawn Wilbur will be talking live with Angela Keaton of "The Liberated Space" from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Pacific Time tonight. They'll be talking about the Alliance of the Libertarian Left and other issues pertaining to left-leaning market anarchists. Don't miss it, but in the event that you do, I'm sure it'll be archived somewhere. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=30139
|Sunday, June 10th, 2007|
Technological development under free-markets
I've been wondering recently about the cost effectiveness of technological development. Naturally, we all know the part that the government has played in subsidizing R&D for large corporations, and then allowing them to monopolize it's use via intellectual property laws.
Naturally, government funded R&D tends to push technology in directions that only focus on large producers, and things don’t have to be particularly “high-tech” or new to be effective (Kevin Carson’s writing on organic farming vs. industrial agribusiness comes to mind).
Still, given how much tax money was spent on perfecting electronics, the internet and other articles of high-technology, I don’t see that would be profitable to do it voluntarily under a free market. Without the monopolistic control granted by intellectual property rights, businesses would have even less of an incentive to develop new technologies than they do now.
So, how do you see technological advancement, especially capital intensive R&D, happening in a free-market?
|Monday, May 14th, 2007|
Why does Lew Rockwell publishes so much by Gary North, who is a R. J. Rushdoony apologist and while he is a Von Misian, he is also a thinker in Christian Reconstruction movement? Did North renounce the movement somewhere? I have no problems with Christian Libertarians, but dominionists are not libertarians. Biblical law is pretty restrictive, to say the least.