The Careful Crafting of History and the Future In October of 2009 I sat down across from the former White House Counter-terror “tsar” Richard Clarke, and had a conversation that lasted about an hour. I was working on a documentary film with my colleague Ray, that never ended up getting made. In the end, we used the audio from that interview in our first long form podcast, “Who is Rich Blee.” We also released a ten minute video edit of the interview on youtube, and used the content of the […]
A closer look at the class that mocks. By Tim Foyle March 5, 2021 Why is it that otherwise perfectly intelligent, thoughtful and rationally minded people baulk at the suggestion that sociopaths are conspiring to manipulate and deceive them? And why will they defend this ill-founded position with such vehemence? History catalogues the machinations of liars, thieves, bullies and narcissists and their devastating effects. In modern times too, evidence of corruption and extraordinary deceptions abound. We know, without question, that politicians lie and hide their connections and that corporations routinely […]
‘Anarchists’ join the Government in the fight against nature and the stripping of our rights by Marion (anarchist since 1982) I wonder when the left started being in favour of the (police?) state. I wonder when people stopped thinking for themselves and started blindly believing the media. I wonder when people who believed in natural remedies started believing the pharmaceutical giants instead. I’m sure they haven’t always done that. I wonder when anarchism stopped meaning people taking charge of their life and started meaning submitting to whatever the authorities decide […]
Posted on April 3, 2020 by winter oak Special report Moments of crisis like the one we are currently experiencing can allow us to see through the surface of our world and grasp with greater clarity some hitherto hidden truths. It is with this in mind that we present this provisional and far-from-comprehensive analysis of the reaction to the coronavirus situation from anarchist and left-libertarian outlets. Mutual aid Striking back Criticism of capitalism We are not “all in it together” Against the police state No to the “new normal” Limits […]
Posted on March 27, 2020 by winter oak It is hard to believe what has happened to our “liberal democratic” Western societies over recent days. Even those of us who have long been warning that we were heading into a new 21st century form of high-tech neoliberal fascism have been left gasping at the speed of the Blitzkrieg waged upon us. C.J. Hopkins sums up the situation in a March 27 article on the Off Guardian site. “Police are patrolling the streets of Europe, checking people’s ‘permission-to-go-outside’ papers. “In the […]
All of this prompted us to start asking some serious questions about the narrative we were being fed. That involved a fair bit of reading around and keeping an open mind. Yes, that process did take us into some weird areas that were veering towards what some would term as conspiracy theory. It also led us to take a look at some of the alt right takes on the issue so we could understand how they were exploiting people’s concerns about the lockdown for their own ends. All of this was a necessary research process that helped with our building the list of COVID-19 crisis readings on this blog. A list that we’re prepared to defend as not, in our opinion, going anywhere near conspiracy theory.