New Book by Keith Preston

Attack the System

Attack the System

Product Code: 978-0-9927365-0-7 Book: Attack the System Author: Keith Preston ISBN-13: 978-0-9927365-0-7 Binding: Paperback Publisher: Black House Publishing Ltd Number Of Pages: 466 booklanguage: English Reward Points: 0 Availability: In Stock

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Modern anarchist movements have existed for over 150 years. The blag flag of anarchy remains a symbol of political rebellion, particularly for restless or disenchanted young people. However, Keith Preston argues in this volume that anarchism has reached a crossroads as a political philosophy. He criticizes many contemporary anarchists as anachronistic, shallow, or even status quo in their thinking. It is Preston’s contention that anarchist movements will have to grow intellectually and forge new strategic paths for themselves if they are to become politically relevant in the twenty-first century.

Preston offers a substantive critique of not only his fellow anarchists, but of the condition of Western civilization itself. He recognizes the process of unprecedented centralization of political and economic power that is now taking place on a global scale. Preston’s response is an unhesitating call for revolutionary action against this emerging global order. He likewise offers a critique of the inadequacies of the both the Left and Right and suggests this archaic model of the political spectrum should be discarded. It is Keith Preston’s contention that anarchism should reclaim the position it held over a century ago, that of the premiere revolutionary movement throughout the world.

Preston introduces his visionary tactic of “pan-secessionism” as a means of developing mutual cooperation between resistance movements with widely varying cultural and ideological values. Drawing upon an eclectic array of philosophical and historical currents, Keith Preston offers a revolutionary political vision of decentralized pluralism manifested as a world of self-managed communities.

5 responses to “New Book by Keith Preston

  1. “Self managed communities ” – the state by another name, and a state that is far MORE oppressive even than the modern state (which takes half of the economy in its spending and taxes and regulates the other half).

    As for the “Black Flag” – whether this is the flag of extreme Sunni Islamists (whether “The Mahdi” in the 19th century or AQ today) or the Fascists, or the National Socialists or of COMMUNAL (COERCIVE) “anarchists” – it is nothing a libertarian would want anything to do with.

    Questions to tell good anarchists from bad anarchists ……..

    Is it unjust for one person to own many square miles of land – whist another person owns no land at all?


    Is it unjust for one person to be a thousand times (or a million times) richer than another person?

    If the answer to either of these questions is “yes” – then one is dealing with a bad “anarchist” – a Black Flagger.

    Someone who (like Rousseau) regards private employment as a form of “slavery” (or “serfdom”) and regards working for the collective as “freedom”.

    This is why Black Flag “anarchists” are to be found happily cooperating with Red Flag Marxists in collectivist organisations (out to destroy private property and loot the taxpayers) such as “Occupy” and the Chicago Teachers Union.

    If such “anarchists” really were friends of liberty – they would not be friends of such organisations as the Chicago Teachers Union. Or of the new (Castro loving) Mayor of New York City – an “Occupy” man (although one of the Red Flag rather than the Black one).

    Clue – big (indeed TOTAL) government is not freedom, and calling big government a “self managed community” does not change this.

  2. The only time I ever see ‘anarchists’ is when they are demonstrating in favour of more government spending.

    I doubt they have any hope of becoming ‘politically relevant in the twenty-first century’

  3. That would be the problem Sir.

    And that is just the “anarchists” of places such as London, New York and Chicago.

    In places such as Oakland the “anarchists” are too busy smashing and burning things (and attacking people) to have time to demonstrate for more government spending.

  4. I am not an anarchist, but I am an admirer of Preston. He’s a very thoughtful writer and speaker from what I’ve read and watched.


    ““Self managed communities ” – the state by another name,”

    Indeed, but this is my argument against all “anarchisms” including Rothbards (I am a great fan of Rothbard in many respects, but not his anarcho-capitalist idea, other than as a thought experiment for hypothetical discussions). There simply is no such thing as an “un-state” just various forms of human collectives which, when sufficiently large and complex become recognisable as a “State” on the western model. But a primitive tribe are a State, a kibbutz or other commune is a State, and so on.

    Humans live in collective groups with geographic monopolies and collective arrangements. Always have, always will. Collectivism is not some “artificial imposition” imposed upon some prior state of pure freedom. Those who believe it is (as indeed Rothbard seemed to claim) are just making shit up, like the Left and their imaginary utopian “primitive communism” which was ruined by “capitalism” and “imperialism”.

    So really anyone arguing for anarchism is really argueing for some kind of “micro-state” system; and I’ve no objection to that, though I think it unlikely to ever be realised, at least within a foreseeable timeframe. This is why I don’t think anarchism is some kind of “pure state” of libertarianism. I think it’s an entirely different thing, though anarchists can be libertarians as well if they seek libertarian solutions in their “anarchist” society, whatever form of it they propose.

  5. I am not so sure Ian.

    I think that anacho capitalism MIGHT be possible – although I remain unconvinced (Rothbard’s descriptions were not particularly convincing, and even David Friedman left me unconvinced).

    However, BLACK FLAG “anarchism” is just collectivism by another name.