No, I had not read that as I generally have no time to read the Alt-Right nonsense. Out of a sense of obligation I recently forced myself to listen to two speeches by Richard Spencer (who recently visited Florida) and it was more then enough for me to know that I need not waste any more time exposing myself to Alt-Righter inanities.
So I clicked on the link and found an article entitled “The Saker and Other “Dissident” Bloggers Are Completely Out Of Touch: The Alt-Right is the only TRUE dissident media in town“. It was an awesome read, and by the time I was done reading, I was elated. Not only was I accused of betraying the interests of the White race, I was lumped together with Alain Soral, which is very, very flattering for me. The article then included the pseudo-biography of me by a rabid and mentally deranged woman which only got about 50% of what she wrote wrong including me being “critical of the Russian Army’s “heavy-handed approach” towards the Chechen terrorists” I kid you not (compare with my real bio). The article concludes with “Men like him will never know what it means to live in a White minority. They have never truly experienced Vibrant Diversity“. Apparently, the fact that I lived in Washington DC for 5 years of my life or, for that matter, that I traveled on all continents besides Oceania, makes no difference: I know nothing about diversity. I suppose that the fact that I don’t even consider myself “White” (what a stupid, meaningless, category) only makes me more guilty of betraying the “blood and soil patriotism” of “my” race.
Truthfully, when I see the Alt-Right ideology summed up as such:
I can only say that I don’t even recognize the Europe I was born in this infantile drawing and I don’t know what these idiots mean by “Europa” (not Carlos Santana’s song I am afraid; after all, he was just a “Spic mongrel”; or maybe they refer to Jupiter’s satellite, who knows?!). The Europe where I lived most of my life and which I described here looked more like this:
and not like the LSD-inspired electrocution the Alt-Righters call “Europa”.
One thing is sure, if they side with “Europa” I side with education, facts, logic, culture, history and yes, most definitely, diversity.
One more “pearl of wisdom” from the Alt-Righters: “Muslims are by the worst of any immigrant group (except perhaps Blacks). I can just about visualize the utter total shock the author of this aphorism would feel if he was educated enough to realize that there are millions of “White” Muslims out there, including in the USA and Europe and that there are millions of Africans who are Christians! It is a blessing and a mercy that ignorance protects this man from the awareness of such distressing facts I suppose :-)
But nevermind, this is all both funny and sad, but there is something more important here.
The new ugly trend
There is a new trend out there. One which I really don’t like. And because I have neither the time nor the inclination to get involved in one of those endless “Internet wars” I won’t name names or give examples. But most of you won’t have much of a problem understanding whom I am talking about. So that trend is this:
Since the official, corporate, AngloZionist media has taken a fantastic nose-dive from which it most likely will never recover (if only because that loss of credibility was so richly deserved!), the alternative media, the blogosphere, became the place where “it” happens. Oh sure, the Ziomedia still controls a herd of zombified sheep far far bigger than the entire alternative media would ever hope to wake up, but that is immaterial. Why? Because all major historical processes are normally the result of the actions of a minority, often way smaller than 1%. And right now, the vast majority of thinking people has figured out that the so called “free press” is just a disgusting propaganda machine and they are therefore turning to the Internet and the so-called “alternative media” for news, analyses and intelligent discussions.
So while the Ziomedia owns the left side of the Bell Curve and a good chuck of the adjacent right side, we – the “crackpots, extremists, fringe fanatics” etc – are the ones making a difference in the right side of the Bell Curve. Put it differently, our “footprint” might be small, but we own most of the really valuable intellectual real estate. And that is crucial for 2 reasons:
influence is exercised on the right side of the Bell Curve
there could be money made there too, at least in theory and for those so inclined
The second proposition is rather dubious and more theoretical, but the first one is not. Besides, really, they are linked. And they are triggering a very nasty reaction from some rather nasty people: a desire to control it all.
The Ziomedia still controls a herd of zombified sheep far far bigger than the entire alternative media would ever hope to wake up, but that is immaterial. Why? Because all major historical processes are normally the result of the actions of a minority, often way smaller than 1%. And right now, the vast majority of thinking people has figured out that the so called “free press” is just a disgusting propaganda machine and they are therefore turning to the Internet and the so-called “alternative media” for news, analyses and intelligent discussions.
Check out the Alt-Right article again a notice the key sentence in the subtitle: “The Alt-Right is the only TRUE dissident media in town“. Yes, these guys want to become the only media in town, they want a monopoly. They don’t see the other players are allies, but as competitors for a specific market niche.
Believe me when I say to you that Alt-Right are not the only ones!
I have had many offers to incorporate the Saker blog into other entities. I have had a lot of commercial offers too, so I suppose that there would be good money to be made for me if a agreed to flood the blog with advertisements and obnoxious pop-ups. Some of the figures of the “alternative media” have openly expressed the desire to create some kind of vetting system which, of course, they would control to separate the “good” and the “bad” alternative media. And, as most of you know, at least one Saker Blog (the German one) was brought down by a provocateur.
So this is what I want to share with you and which you need to keep in mind to understanding some of what is going on behind the scenes. There are two types of alternative/resistance websites/blogs. Let’s call them “The Fighter” and “the Businessman”. I tried to put together a rough schematic of what these guys typically look like and this is what I came up with:
Political, moral, religious
Money, career, influence
Attitude to copyrights
Only wants to get the message out, encourages redistribution, uses CopyLeft.
Tries to prevent redistribution, places DMCA or Copyright logos on the homepage, files complaints
Commercial/Advertisements/Paywalls/exclusive contents etc.
Opposes them all, and only relies on voluntary contributions (or does not even ask for any!)
Uses all these commercial schemes to generate revenue.
Attitude towards others
Views them as allies to be supported
Views them as competitors to be eliminated
Attitude towards diversity in the resistance
Supports diversity, believes that a diverse “resistance ecosystem” is more viable and more effective. Rejoices at the successes of others and is willing to help.
Seeks to acquire a monopoly position, thinks that all others are “bad”. Feels envy for the successes of others and will never help.
Attitude towards ideology
Is non-ideological, seeks and finds allies in all political camps. Likes complex, subtle discussions.
Is ideologically very strongly defined and identifies with only one, specific, ideological camp. Likes slogans, simple “truths”.
Relies only on community funding.
Usually associated with one major sponsor or source of income
Attitude towards recognition and respectability
Has no need, no interest and no use for any of that.
Puts a great deal of effort into looking “credible” and otherwise “respectable”
This is, of course, a simplified scheme. Many cases fall somewhere in the middle. I know a several individuals whom I considered as committed, principled, idealists who still use advertisements. But when some putatively “alternative” media outlet gets a check mark for each category on the right, then I suggest that you don’t be naive about what really motivates them.
The Key Criteria is “do you see others as allies to support or as competitors to bring down?“. This is BY FAR the most important criteria in that list.
I came to these conclusions already many years ago after my disastrous interaction with Antiwar.com (you can read about it here). What I learned then (already 10 years ago!) is still very much true today: there are a lot of folks out there who want everybody else except themselves to disappear. (See the antiwar.com controversy in the addendum at the bottom of this post.)
In my experience, nationalism, “blood and soil patriotism”, racism/racialism, etc. are typically the product of simply ignorance, a basic lack of education, really. The kind of folks who are attracted to this kind of ideology begin by correctly identifying a problem, but then they don’t have the intellectual/educational level to deal with the complexity of the problem they identified. They are like a person who discovers a tumor in his lung and decides that using a steak knife to cut that lung out is a sensible therapy. But as Menken wrote, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” But if your goal is not to be right, but to federate as many people as possible and gain influence and money, then a “wrong” answer is exactly what you want!
In conclusion: a very ugly fact
In conclusion I will add more most thing. In my experience nationalist movements are alwaysmanipulated by various secret services. This is true for Russian nationalists and this is true for Alt-Right -type of movements. That is yet another reason why these movements all seek a monopoly position: because their real bosses (the state security agencies) are trying to coopt anti-system movements in order to control them. In my experience, only the very top people know about this and those who do typically rationalize that kind of secret “collaboration” by saying that it is pragmatically useful to work with influential agencies. This was true for the Russian NTS, this was true for al-Qaeda, this is most definitely true of the Ukie nationalists and this is true of the US Alt-Right (for whatever it’s worth, I also believe that all so-called ‘terrorist’ movements are also run by state actors).
Anyway, dear reader and member of the Saker community, please be warned: we are swimming in shark infested waters. That is the right thing to do, we don’t have the luxury of another battlefield, but that requires a lot of maturity from us. To be honest, I have been very, very lucky so far and our community has been remarkable successful. But we should not harbor any illusions: the most successful we become, the more enemies we will make, the more more attacks (or cooptation attempts) will be directed at us. Though to some this might look like “just blogging” we are, in reality, involved in a very dangerous game: the struggle for the minds and souls of the people we live with, regardless of our country of residence and, most importantly, the resistance against the AngloZionist Empire and everything it stands for. One way to neutralize us is to “park” us in “intellectual dead-ends” like White nationalism. Just think of our overlords, the 0.001% who really rules over us and ask yourself whether this:
looks to you like something “they” would fear? Or is this not exactly the kind of crap they would want us to waste our time, effort and lives on?
Our position is not unlike the one of the bull in a corrida. We are in pain, we are bewildered, disgusted and angry. And over and over again we are offered a big red cloth to attack. Does that sound like a plan to you?
I say let’s go for the SOB holding the cloth, not the cloth itself!
THE ANTIWAR.COM DEBACLE. CLICK ON THIS BAR TO READ DETAILS.
Reflections on the Antiwar.com debacle
Dateline: November 02, 2007
How did that all ever happen? The ultimate irony
It is, of course, bizarre to witness how a presumably anti-government (“libertarian” in US parlance) and anti-corporatist website would make use of a government law passed by the big business monopolies (the DMCA) to ask a corporation (in this case, Google) to enforce their interpretation of the “fair use” clause on a small one-man blog. Truly, “bizarro world” as Justin Raimondo likes to say, and it happened to me this week.
How did I ever get into this crazy situation?
In the beginning
When I began my blog I decided to completely ignore copyright issues. I figured that the big corporate guys (CS Monitor, AP, etc.) would not give a damn about a small-time personal blog, and that the smaller people would appreciate having their stuff picked up elsewhere. I did identify the author of the articles posted here by name and I embedded a link to the original articles in the author’s name, thus anyone clicking on the name would find the source and could follow-up the “trail”. I really did not do that for any legal consideration, but only to give credit where it was due. Besides, since I did not always agree with the articles I posted here (I often posted interesting, or provocative stuff, I did not agree with), it only made sense to make sure that nobody mistook somebody else’s opinion for mine.
I often emailed the original site with a link their articles re-posted on my blog just to let them know that I appreciated their stuff. In the six month since I began my blog, I never had a bad response, only thanks. And then, for the first time, I got this email from a guy I had never heard of telling me that I could only post 3 paragraphs and a link to the original Raimondo article about the PKK. It was signed “Eric Garris, Webmaster, Antiwar.com”.
I figured – “big deal, some webgeek is being anal about copyrights, surely the thinking guys at antiwar know nothing about this nonsense”. I was wrong. Turns out that what I assumed was a HTML-breathing intern was no less than the “Antiwar.com founder and managing director“, a man with an interesting pedigree which included a stint as a New Left activist and in the Peace and Freedom Party, before becoming a libertarian. Little did I know that I was having my first interaction with a “Neoliberal” who had once written these irenic words:
In the Internet we see our greatest hope for freedom and for the continual progress of humanity. In the Internet we see the anachronistic and obsolete institutions of society being pushed aside for a new dawn of better things. In the Internet we see the key to diminishing the power and status of the state and liberating ourselves from its oppression and deception.
Still, I wrote back to him pointing him to the fair use notice I had put on my blog (bottom left) and telling him that I would henceforth add “for antiwar.com” right next to Raimondo’s name each time.
I was so sure that this would take care of that that I even posed another Raimondo piece (with the “enhanced” name credit) and I was prepared to go to bed happy that this silly nonsense was taken care of. Boy was I wrong!
I got back an angry email saying: “Your intention is clearly not “fair use,” it is attempted theft, without acknowledgement. Today, I filed the proper forms notifying Blogspot over copyright infringement, and I will follow up with one each time you do this“. Theft?! Had the guy missed the “by Justin Raimondo” at the top? Surely that loony would not actually try to sue me over this nonsense?
I sent the guy a reply telling him that 1) I did not make any money from my blog 2) that I could not claim any fame either (the blog being obvioulsy anonymous) 3) that there was a public good imperative which fully justified “fair use” (as is done by commondreams.org or informationclearinghouse, from which I had originally taken my “fair use” notice) and that 4) my intention was not “theft”, but to “stand up to the those who want to take away our freedoms and wage endless imperial wars”. I added,
“You can, of course, choose not to believe me and keep on believing that I am trying to “steal” something from you. I will say this – this is not my world, not how I function, not what I believe in, not how I live“
And then I went to bed naively hoping that my (presumed) fellow peacenick would come back to his senses. I was wrong again.
Barbarians at the gate
The next morning Blogspot informed me that a DMCA complaint had been filed against my blog. That was bad, but worse (for me) was the way Blogspot deals with such complaints. Basically, to cover themselves from legal action, Blogspot assumes that the complaint is valid and removes the “offending” post unless the accused blogger files a counter-claim. Since filing such a counter-claim requires the accused blogger to make a statement under penalty of perjury and since it would be folly to make any such statements without hiring a lawyer, Blogspot’s policy was essentially “guilty until proven otherwise”.
Garris had written to me “the “fair use” opinion is a “legal one that a court MAY apply, but it is not the default“. Now, with the full support of the fascist DMCA act and Blogspot’s “better safe than sorry” behind Garris, I either had the option to hire a lawyer to try to prove that the common practice of the Internet (again, Commondreams or Informationclearinghouse are good examples) and plain common sense suggest that antiwar.com was in no way damaged by my posting, or to have Blogspot or remove the articles in question myself.
Since I do not want to do any SOB the favor of doing his dirty work for him, and even though I had resolved by then to stop the blog anyway, I decided to let Garris do the removal “himself” (via Blogspot, of course).
In Dollars with Trust
Still, the situation had an unreal feel to it. Here was a prominent ex-Leftie acting like some MPAA executive while the rest of the “libertarian” crowd at antiwar.com watched in silence. Not only that, but it turns out that Blogspot’s “better safe than sorry” policy also included a “shoot them all” clause for repeat offenders which meant that enough complaints would result in my blog being killed once and for all. By then, knowing the psychological makeup of the type, I had no illusions whatsoever that Garris was willing to file complaints all day long if needed to protect Antiwar’s rights.
The thing is, the folks at Antiwar are not, unlike yours truly, volunteers.They are paid a salary for their work, and some, including Raimondo, get a full-time salary to write for them (I learned that from Garris’ emails who were all centered on the money issue). That, of course, put the entire issue in a totally different context: while I was a naive volunteer peacenik, the folks at Antiwar are “professional revolutionaries” (to use Lenin’s expression) who made a living writing about peace and freedom. Nothing wrong with that, for sure, but not something I had encountered in the past.
Antiwar had used hard-raised dollars to pay Raimondo for his work and I was “making use” of it (doesn’t matter for which purpose or cause) without paying a dime. Worse, some other websites might think that Raimondo was working for me. As the song Money says “I’m all right jack keep your hands off of my stack“. Now the “theft” accusation made some sense, at least in the context of professional freedom fighting.
A clash of civilizations? The guerrilla way
Ever since I “dropped out” from the imperial service after realizing the Big Lie that it was I had dealt only with idealists. European Linux hackers, pot-smoking squatters, anarchists (the real thing, not the “capitalist” substitute found, where else, in the USA), peaceniks, communists, anti-imperialist activists – in other words people who always donated their sweat, and sometimes their blood, without ever asking for anything for themselves. True believers, idealists, naive do-gooders – call them what you want, but these people only wanted one thing: to get the message out, to speak out about injustice, violence, abuses, exploitation and the propaganda which always protects evil.
One of my friends wrote to me in response to the Antiwar complaint:
Regarding money vs. principles . . . I’m an anti-capitalist. I also know that there are a lot of people who do without everything. Some because this is the situation the status quo has forced on them and others (like the guerrillas) because it’s a choice that is made to achieve something better. I follow the path of the guerrillas.
Since I had given up a very lucrative career, with plenty of recognition and power attached to it, in order not to lie, not to bow my head to Mammon and his minions in this world, I have always had a natural empathy for guerrillas, even when my own political blindness still made me think of them as my enemies. I suppose that even when I thought of them as adversaries I, in a way, felt like I was very much like them and that their idealism and example was at least partially responsible for my eventual refusal to serve my (now former) masters anymore.
Can there be a dialog between the guerrilla and the businessman? Sure – but only with an AK doing the talking, I suppose. I had no AK in this case, and Garris had the “corporate contractors” on his side. And we all know that might makes right, don’t we?
First lesson: never assume you are dealing with a sane, honorable, principled or otherwise decent person. Second lesson: in any concept which includes the word “capitalist” (such as anarcho-capitalism) this word totally outweighs any other word attached to it. Third: never underestimate the vindictiveness of a person who feels that his money is somehow being stolen from him. Fourth: you can only see who your true friends are when they are willing to stand up for you.
In regards to this last one, the past couple of days have been an eye opener for me. While bitterly disappointed in some, I have been deeply touched by the kind words of others. To the former I will say that I hope they can live with themselves. To the latter I will say this:
I still do not know what I will do with this blog, but I am leaning towards restarting it in some other form. One thing is for sure, I will not post any articles taken from American websites, no matter how noble and dedicated their names might sound. I am leaning towards a mix of external articles from the Middle-East (or any other region of the world were US imperialism goes on its usual rampage) and original contents: my own interviews and analyses. I will post no more articles from sources based in the USA. There is simply no way I want to go through another “Antiwar.com episode” again – let them Yankees keep their copyrighted materials and let me keep my peace.
While I initially leaned against it, your emails have convinced me to remove the “offending” articles myself. I can thereby preserve the title and the comments. Besides, the blank space and notice below will, in a way, be more informative than the original article anyway.
I will end this long explanation which I felt I owed you all with a request: please email me your “want” and “do not want” ideas for the future of this blog. Let there come some good from all this and help me make this a better blog. I promise to answer each and every email sent to me.
Kind regards, best wishes and my most sincere thanks to all of you,
PPS: You want to find out for yourself whether Justin Raimondo or Mizgin is right about Washington’s position towards the PKK? Check out this BBC report.
ABOUT THE SAKER
THE SAKER is an ex-military analyst who was born in Europe to a family of Russian refugees. He now lives in Florida where he writes the Vineyard of the Saker blog and is a regular contributor to The Unz Review. Like The Greanville Post, with which it is now allied in his war against official disinformation, the Saker’s site, VINEYARD OF THE SAKER, is the hub of an international network of sites devoted to fighting the “billion-dollar deception machinery” supporting the empire’s wars against Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Venezuela and any other independent nation opposing or standing in the way of Washington’s drive for global hegemony. The Saker is published in more than half a dozen languages. A Saker is a very large falcon, native to Europe and Asia.
THE SAKER—Since the official, corporate, AngloZionist media has taken a fantastic nose-dive from which it most likely will never recover (if only because that loss of credibility was so richly deserved!), the alternative media, the blogosphere, became the place where “it” happens. Oh sure, the Ziomedia still controls a herd of zombified sheep far far bigger than the entire alternative media would ever hope to wake up, but that is immaterial.