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May 14th, 2014 - 5:06 am

CHAOS

Well of course it did:

A meeting of Anarcho-Syndicalists devolved into chaos at Portland State University last week. The “Law & Disorder” conference presented by the Students of Unity was disrupted by protesters complaining about “survivor trauma” and the “patriarchal society” which is “prioritizing powerful white men.”

Eventually police were called, causing the protesters to flee.

I used to joke that the problem with doctrinaire libertarians is that it’s difficult for them to win any real battles when they’re busy getting into fistfights amongst themselves over the best way to privatize the sidewalks — and here we have a case of pretty much just that.

Allow me to elaborate on that, even if only very briefly.

For a movement based on the idea of leaving everybody alone, Big L Libertarians can be a strangely intolerant bunch. They (formerly “we”) enjoy nothing better than determining who is a real Libertarian and who isn’t. Notice that this particular meeting was of Anarcho-Syndicalists — one of the countless branches of libertarian thought. You have your Objectivists, your anarchists, your minarchists, your classical liberals, your left-libertarians, your Tea Partyers… the list goes on, with seemingly endless factions within factions. Don’t you dare get an anarchist even started on those statist anarcho-syndicalists.

As the State encroaches further and further upon what few liberties we have left, we become less and less relevant as we debate more and more about who, exactly, fits into our intellectual molds. The GOP has factionalized itself over similar lines — albeit far fewer of them.

Honestly, oftentimes these days we on the right sound like Democrats in the ’80s, but less effective.

We need to get our stuff together, and soon.

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Judean People's Front. Bloody splitters.
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This is typical Portland hijinks. Some ultra leftist victim-commies got wind that there would be a meeting of folks unsympathetic to statism, so the Little Obama Achievers got all ginned up and crashed the party. Having survived 9 years of that aweful city I'm just glad to see signs of libertarian life, regardless of which denomination they profess.
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"Honestly, oftentimes these days we on the right sound like Democrats in the ’80s, but less effective.

We need to get our stuff together, and soon."


The "strong horse" tendency applies in pretty much every endeavor of competition. That's in large part why the Stabs undermine the candidacies of Republicans they don't like, so they can retain the appearance of being the strong horse that everyone will support.

But it has its limits. When the Stabs are perceived as waging war on their own party's base more stoutly than against the other party, the result can only be electoral suicide.

An alternative strong horse is what's needed -- and that means people need to stop obsessing on how "disastrous" some past "unvetted" Tea Party nominees were, and focus on how to help this year's Tea Party nominees to get elected.

Because, as I may have already mentioned, waging war on your own party's base to do the bidding of statist institutional campaign contributors, is electoral suicide.
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The speaker said:

"The series of events that has unfolded has been disheartening and upsetting to
us as long-time anarchists and organizers."

Whuh? Anarchists AND organizers? How do you get that?
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How refreshing: they practice what they preach.
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A very close friend came to me with a similar gripe a few months ago. Poor bugger went to a Young Americans for Liberty meeting, because he wanted to get a look at the big-L Libertarians. What he told me when he came back was pretty much what I expected: 2 Libertarians have upwards of 6 opinions, and the only thing they're certain of is that the opinions their unsure about are better than the opinions the people they're talking to are unsure about. Apparently they've upped the ante, though. I don't remember the various factions having their own individual color coding way back when we and friends were jokingly supporting Dave Barry's run for the presidency. But hey, maybe I didn't move in the right circles.

I'll tell you this for free, though. It usually isn't a good sign if all the members of a movement feel a need to identify exclusively by some individual standard, logo, or brand of a tiny subgroup. But when the alternative is getting libertarians to agree on something, well...
31 weeks ago
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Judean People's Front. Bloody splitters.
31 weeks ago
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Is that "syndicalism" as in Mussolini's version? He did invent it, you know.

Also, historically anarchy was a tactic to induce the collapse of bourgeois society so that communism could be established.

So how does anarcho-syndicalism become libertarianism?
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No, the anarchists and the communists are quite far apart. The dignity of the individual is the highest value of the anarchist, freedom from coercion the highest goal. Communism is the opposite. Mussolini did not invent it (the Spanish Civil War is an interest area of mine, the anarchists of Catalonia one of the most interesting parts of the war).
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How do you figure that? To my knowledge, anarcho-syndicalism was a product of the late 19th century, when some of the "pure" anarchists realized that they were never going to get anywhere with a movement opposed to all authority. They split off and joined the labor movement, figuring that way they'd have resources to command. So, in the end they were co-opted by the socialists to provide the envelope-pushing fringe elements required to shift the terms of debate to the left.

Which makes perfect sense, really. Anarchists were and are just as concerned with hierarchies of capital as with hierarchies of power. So, once you've determined that no one should have greater access to capital that anyone else, well, somebody has to do the job of taking capital away from some people and giving it to other people...
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Pffft! White males invented anarcho-syndicalism. And you know what they didn't worry about? Race and gender.
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