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19 October 2013

The New Left-Right Paradigm?

discussion between Adam Kokesh and Peter Joseph earlier this year inspired me to look deeper into the exchange taking place between The Zeitgeist Movement and Liberty Movement. As can be seen in this Abby Martin interview (watch@22:50), I am not the only noticing this division within the greater movement--that is, the movement against our dominant system today and one for more sustainable alternatives.

To stimulate further discussion, I hosted a debate called 'What Social System Best Serves Humankind'. The debaters were Victor Pross and Matt Berkowitz, two outspoken Vancouver locals advocating for Anarcho-Capitalism and for a Resource Based Economy, respectively. Witnessed from the event page activity alone (which peaked at 1000+ posts/ day), my efforts together with Matt and Victor's definitely stoked the fire for further discussion. But a serious question remains: Given these efforts, what progress has been made? Where do we stand since the debate? Though the post-debate survey I conducted is not statistically representative, perhaps the results below can provide some insight in regards to these questions.

A few months after my debate, two of the biggest proponents of their respective "camps" - Peter Joseph (creator of the Zeitgeist films) and Stefan Molyneux (a Free-Market Anarchist) - faced off in a spirited exchange. Both men followed up with post-debate analysis and commentary, which you can find here(<S.M.), (P.J.>)here and here. Sadly, it appears that for the time being, friends are 'off' between Peter and Stefan. But despite ties being cut between these two heavy hitters, other voices continue to add to the debate (e.g., AnCapChase's critical response).

Still, anything close to a resolution has been hard to come by between the two debating wings. This, I think, is due to a fundamental disagreement over The Root Cause of society's problems. Advocates of each position tend to talk past each other because they come from incompatible starting points for social critique. There is also a tendency of both parties to use like terms (e.g., the free-market) with definitions that vary according to . It is clear that while dialogue continues between loyal AnCaps and RBE advocates, many find the prospect of living and working together unlikely if not impossible.

To review each position:
AnCaps condemn the state or anybody that maintains illegitimate control over others. Coercive (forceful) authority is argued to be illegitimate and immoral because it has not come about voluntarily. Most of society's institutions have been hijacked by the state and the perpetual violence witnessed throughout society is argued to be an in/direct effect of this party that retains its monopoly on violence. By disempowering institutions of violence, fraud and theft, AnCaps wish for the world to realize the promise that a 'true' free-market is capable of offering society.

To be clear, The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) also dislikes the 'state', as defined above. Similar to AnCaps, they await its demise along with the inevitable collapse of the fiat-based financial system. But compared to AnCaps, Zeitgeist advocates view the state as just another symptom of capitalism, or 'an outgrowth' of the market as Peter Joseph puts it. So long as the capitalist market system exists, eliminating the state will not eliminate people's exploitative mindset. In other words, even if the state - as we know it - were no more, humanity would find other ways to oppress each other because of how the competitive system we live in has socialized us. 
TZM proposes a revolutionary alternative argued to be well within humanity's reach: the implementation of a global non-competitive economy, namely a Resource Based Economy (aka Natural Law Economy). The egoless scientific method would be used to solve many problems we've been told are political when in reality, they have technical solutions. Utilizing a systems approach to map and distribute the Earth's available resources, the basic needs of everyone (clean water, food, shelter) would be met first and foremost, eliminating the need for useless and wasteful jobs and as a result giving humanity more time to enjoy life and pursue our interests sustainably. 


By engaging myself in this debate, I have changed from an audience member to actively becoming part of the discussion. In so doing, I have asked myself if what I'm experiencing is the formation of a New Left-Right paradigm: a rehashed schism between collective and individual rights, socialism and capitalism, hierarchy versus egalitarianism (without a nationalist distraction). 

But it's imperative to realize that both sides agree on principles of non-violence, equality and efficiency. Wouldn't it then prove useful to establish a list of other issues and initiatives that members of both camps can agree on, and work from there? 

While always stressing the importance of critical thinking, I think we should remain respectful of all positions that, at their core, aim to achieve the greatest possible prosperity for a humanity faced with collapse. There is plenty of room for others, such as Left libertarians, to join the conversation and strike a balance between AnCap and RBE factions. The implementation of many proposed alternatives are already possible. It's now time to make them part of a workable reality. Surely some solidarity can be found in how we assist in laying our corrupted system to rest and transition into a society of higher-consciousness. 

[last edit: Aug 17, 2014] 

To date, one of the more civil conversations between TZM and AnCap: Neil Kiernan and Mike Shanklin

Also recommended:
Libertarian Socialist Critique of TZM

13 September 2013

Too Often, Reality's A Joke: Steve Hughes

3 August 2013

Updates: Drones, Drug Dealers and other Drama

Kokesh to Run for President with plan to Abolish the Fed:

In response to riots, here's a Bra that doubles as gas mask:

Apparently, online drug dealers are friendly:

What's that buzzing overhead? Colorado Town to License Drone Bounty Hunters:
Official Response:

And finally, here's part of Peter Joseph's new series Culture in Decline - Ep. 5 "Baby go Boom":

6 July 2013

Videos of Note: Corbett&Pilato, Jones&Kokesh, TruthNeverTold

24 June 2013

Updates: TPP Spotlight, Anti-NSA Gagets & Other Signs of the Times

Political pressure for transparent Trans Pacific Partnership:

Development of 'Prism Break' Apps, Browsers in response to NSA & mass surveillance state -

World-wide symbols of resistance: 

12 May 2013

Updates: Guns & Politics in America

1) The 1st 3-D Printed Hand Gun Blueprints Are Now Available Free Online

2) Get Ready for an Open Carry March on Washington - July 4th
3) Rumoured Litmus Test: Will You Fire Upon Americans...

11 April 2013

Cronyism Ruining Economy?

Although humanity may not yet be prepared to adopt an alternative economic model, capitalism should not be considered the be-all and end-all of economic systems. Can't we be allowed to think past the confines of capitalism in order to realize the best way for humanity to conduct itself? I believe we can and should but of course, it is foolish for me to think that people in today's modern world could easily support themselves and families without engaging in the capitalist arena. Thus, given that we mainly operate in a capitalist system for the time being, let's try and fix this mess by raising the alarm where attention is needed most! 

As argued in the video below, the problem with capitalism is not so much corporatism but cronyism, i.e. corruption between government and business. Apparently, cronyism flourishes when a centralized state has been given too much power to regulate the economy. It may seem counterintuitive, but to minimize social and ecological harm caused by big businesses (deemed too big to fail or even to prosecute) it is evident that the political power that supports big business must be taken away. How can this be done? Possibly by relieving the government's duty to regulate the economy. 

Maybe, we don't need more laws influenced by big business. Maybe if we supported small businesses, by letting them compete without as many legal constraints (enacted via big-business lobby groups) for example, a greater number solutions to society's problems could manifest themselves

Here's what most of us can agree on: given the uncertain state of the global economy, climate, and political situation, our communities need to foster stronger and more adaptable micro-economies in order to become more resilient. In other words, we need to realize and re-establish the power within our local communities. There are many tools we can use: open-source ecology along with the popular adoption of 3d-printing are promising technological developments. But let's not forget to shine a light on all crony behaviour so as to stamp it out. In doing so, we may allow ourselves a less inhibited potential for survival and happiness.

Do not fear. Take responsibility. Redeem Your Freedom.

1 April 2013

The Freeman Perspective 101

As it is April 1st, this may seem like some kind of joke. Sometimes, I wish it was...
If you have the time, this video does an excellent job encapsulating the Freeman perspective. If for no other reason than to understand more about this philosophy in order to seek out ways to debunk it, I urge you brush up on your political & economic history, law and human rights knowledge by watching this film.

In all my research, I have found this film to be one of the best rundowns of the freeman perspective, relating principally to Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but argued to be applicable to the rest of world as well. 

Do not trust anything that is being said. On the contrary, if it interests you, take it upon yourself to verify this esoteric information. But above all else, I implore you to critically analyze the ideas that are brought forth in this film and see if anything resonates with you. I for one, expect it might.

22 March 2013

What's Your Political Orientation?

Try out the Nolan Chart, which adds another dimension to the standard Left - Right paradigm. See for yourself where your political orientation lies by taking the short survey. 

If you do not agree with the way the survey is conducted or with how you have been categorized, the following discussions may help solidify your position on where you stand. Hopefully, they do not leave you more lost! 

Adam Kokesh               vs               Peter Joseph
(Libertarian)              (Resource Based Economy) 

Stefan Molyneux            vs           Tom Willcutts
(Voluntaryist/ Anarcho-capitalist)           (Lawyer)
Debate Question: Is government, by its very nature, immoral?

21 February 2013

Updates: Glimmer of hope in Greece; Freedom for Freeman; For the rest of the world too?

It is a very dynamic time for freedom right now. I'll refrain from rambling and just share with you three things that have recently caught my attention:
  • Dean Clifford has been incarcerated released! For more info, click here
  • The One People's Public Trust 1776 = you, me... WE are already FREE? 
    • Apparently, something called the OPPT (One People's Public Trust) was filed to the public record in Washington DC and has legally foreclosed on all corporations fraudulently and coercively posing as government. 
    • For more info, click here < most comprehensive article I've found.