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Jun 30 2020 07:36
Panarchism

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I became a devoted Panarchist, a school of anarchism that rejects globalism in favor of militant localism, and dreams of a world of a million autonomous zones,

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/06/29/nothing-succeeds-like-secession-...

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Jun 30 2020 07:58

Jesus, a bit embarrassing for Counterpunch that they published that:

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Nicky Reid is an agoraphobic anarcho-genderqueer gonzo blogger from Central Pennsylvania and assistant editor for Attack the System.

Attack the System? Where have I heard that name before?

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Keith Preston, who calls himself a "fellow traveler" of National-Anarchism, is in some ways even more dangerous. Preston is a former left-wing anarchist who advocates a revolutionary alliance of leftist and rightist libertarians against U.S. imperialism and the state. Unlike many far rightists who claim to be "beyond left and right," Preston actually incorporates many leftist ideas in his political philosophy and apparently is still in touch with some actual leftists. An intelligent, prolific writer, Preston has established himself over the past decade as a respected voice in libertarian, paleoconservative, and "Alternative Right" circles. His "anarcho-pluralism" represents a sophisticated reworking of far right politics that is flexible, inclusive, and appeals to widely held values such as "live and let live." Unlike most rightist ideologies, it also has the potential to serve as a bridge between a wide variety of rightist currents such as white nationalists, Patriot/militia groups, Christian rightists, and National-Anarchists — and even some left-wing anarchists, liberal bioregionalists/environmentalists, and nationalist people of color groups...

Keith Preston is the moving force behind the Attack the System website/blog [ATS] and its affiliate organization, American Revolutionary Vanguard [ARV]. He is a contributing editor at AlternativeRight.com and has written for a number of paleocon and libertarian sites, including Taki's Magazine, LewRockwell.com, and Anti-State.com.

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Jul 2 2020 12:18

Counterpunch has the worst editing of any left publication I know of, they seem to publish virtually everything people submit to them. I think they said they were gonna tighten up vetting of articles after they accidentally published stuff by a Russian bot a few years ago, but I guess the net's still wide enough for this shit to go through. From memory, they still publish stuff by the guy who founded the National American Man Boy Love association.

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Jul 4 2020 11:21

While hunting for works by overlooked socialists I discovered a site called Panarchy http://panarchy.org/index.html which prominently featured the concept of panarchism, which I hadn't heard of before and still don't understand. But I didn't get a creeping nationalism vibe from it or the wiki page, outside of some dated references and views in essays they were hosting from the 1800s.

Going by panarchy they seem to be a lot more heterodox and soft on market socialism, but also open to other schools of materialism, found a lot of stuff by marx and engels on there and some other surprising people. They've either been translating or scanning some rare stuff because it seems to be the only site that hosts some texts and is updated regularly.

I think the strangest text I found on their was an article by the classical liberal von mises which they had added because they thought it was the best attempt by a capitalist economist to grapple with Marx they could find. Personally I don't agree, but aside from an attempt to link the manifesto to the Nazi economy the essay was a surprising analysis of the failings of the SPD and had a pretty damning comparison of it to the Labour party.

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Jul 5 2020 10:28
sherbu-kteer wrote:
Counterpunch has the worst editing of any left publication I know of, they seem to publish virtually everything people submit to them. I think they said they were gonna tighten up vetting of articles after they accidentally published stuff by a Russian bot a few years ago, but I guess the net's still wide enough for this shit to go through. From memory, they still publish stuff by the guy who founded the National American Man Boy Love association.

Yeah, I remembered them being really bad for red-brown stuff a few years back, but then I thought I remembered publishing some really anti-third position stuff more recently, so I thought maybe they'd changed their policies, but if their policy is just "fuck it we'll publish anything" that'd explain it.

Reddebrek wrote:
While hunting for works by overlooked socialists I discovered a site called Panarchy http://panarchy.org/index.html which prominently featured the concept of panarchism, which I hadn't heard of before and still don't understand. But I didn't get a creeping nationalism vibe from it or the wiki page, outside of some dated references and views in essays they were hosting from the 1800s.

Yeah, I think maybe "panarchy" isn't inherently dodgy in itself, but if it's a sort of anything-goesism then it's certainly vulnerable to infiltration and manipulation by anarcho-nationalist types. Not that it's that big of a deal, because even by the standards of someone who's interested in obscure political ideologies I think it'd be rare to come across any more than a passing mention of it once every few years.
I did remember if there were some comics featuring a libcom poster with a pan on their head and wondered if that was a panarchy joke, but having checked it was a bucket.