Building strategic alliances -- now!
[James Leroy Wilson says that last week in New Orleans — forced evacuation of people from their property, confiscation of guns — was his “last straw.” He writes: “I think we are...short on time.
“Let’s run through what we’re looking for in alliances. ...
“Start with [
“Unprincipled Coalitions are usually based on a single issue. An example would be Group A and Group B allied against C and D to stop a war, but then A & C join forces against B & D to stop a tax. ...
“Having actually participated in ‘real’ parliamentary coalitions (model parliament in my University back in
“I objected to both. By the 1972 election, Rothbard was urging votes for...Richard M. Nixon! Four years earlier, he was nominated in a coalition of RLA and a Maoist group for the Peace and Freedom Senatorial candidacy (he fortunately lost).
“This sounds pretty bizarre, I’ll admit. From Rothbard’s Unprincipled Coalition stature it made sense. It was a constant shift of tactics aimed at the same ‘Stop the War’ by the most effective means. But there was another element to his alliances: he wanted to build an independent Libertarian Movement as well. In that, he largely succeeded, but he did so by splitting from the Right in the first place, back around 1960, but with a vengeance in 1964 when he (wrongly, in my opinion) attacked most Libertarians’ support of Barry Goldwater and preferring Lyndon Johnson as the Peace Candidate (need I say more?) and then urging Libertarians to quit YAF and join the SDS in 1965.
“Now here was the one case where Rothbard argued for a PrinCo. If you read his defense of the SDS in Left and Right, he argues that they are more decentralist, more individualist, certainly more isolationist than the ‘New Right’ and maybe even worthy heirs of the Old Right (William Appleman Williams surely was) — not just that they were good on anti-war issues.
“Finally, Rothbard’s argument for his Coalition with the Paleoconservatives (Thomas Fleming, Rockford Institute, Chronicles) finds several points of agreement between them and his Paleolibertarians; again, it’s a PrinCo. It broke up almost immediately after
“And his PrinCo with the SDS broke up when Karl Hess led the ‘Left’ Libertarians and Anagoric Anarchists on a march to
“What is the ‘we’ that are few? What is the ‘they’ that are many? Hardcore anarcho-communist/anarchosyndicalist theoreticians are certainly outnumbered by hardcore agorist intellectuals. And, among the general population, there are far more people who are sympathetic to some version of the free-market libertarian position than that of the ‘other’ anarchists. Even among ‘the kids’ our agorist position is as popular or more so than that of the anagoric anarchists, particularly on the web and related Internet/Linux/hacker/privacy issues.
“There is only one class in which anarchocommies (if I may be so familiar) outnumber us: street fighters. (Well, you can throw in Union Organizers, but that’s about as relevant as pointing out there are far more agorist business entrepreneurs than anarchocommunist ones, although there are a few of each.)
“Having hung out with the Black Bloc in
“And we don’t know what [Noam] Chomsky would do in a revolutionary situation. He did support the Spanish Anarchists during the Civil War against his relatives and most of his fellow students who followed the Stalinist line, so that’s a good sign, though he was quite young then. He does speak proudly of doing so when interviewed for his film biography.
“What we need to do is analyze various groups out there and see if any have enough points in common for a PrinCo; independently, analyze and discover any issues we care about enough to form Unprincipled Coalitions that might actually win, and then slug it through the hard way alone on the rest.
“There are some activities where we need to ‘go it alone’ regardless: education, recruitment, agitprop, building cadre, publications (now including online) and internal communication. That’s a short list.
“And MLL’s classic position, still valid, is the only issue that’s worth the risk of agorists surfacing from the Counter-Economy is opposition to The Health of the State, War.
“If there are Anarchists who are not in MLL, NLA or the Revolutionary Agorist Cadre who nonetheless can be trusted to oppose the State consistently and continually, they would be able to work with us both aboveground and belowground. I cannot think of anyone else with whom we could work on several issues at once. Hence, if they exist as just defined, these anagoric Anarchists are the only possible candidates for a Principled Coalition with MLL.”-----
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