Contra Preston: Defender of the System?

By Todd Lewis

I was over at Attack the System (ATS) the other day and found Keith Preston’s disclaimer to an article, Why Evangelicals Worship Trump;[1] the disclaimer being: “The evangelical/fundamentalist subculture in the US really is proof that P.T. Barnum was correct when he said a sucker is born every five minutes. When will they realize they’re on the losing end of the culture wars and embrace secession?” This got me thinking: for someone who advocates a system that has failed for over 4,000 years, I think he needs to rethink to whom P.T. Barnum is referring. Why doesn’t Mr. Preston and the ATS gang realize that anarchism will never work and just move on?

But on a more serious note, I began thinking about the fact that, despite his ambitions, Mr. Preston neither directly nor indirectly threatens the system. As an anarchist, Mr. Preston is concerned with police brutality and foreign wars, but is more or less accepting fundamental concepts within the Empire’s established social order. This is demonstrated by the fact that no where on ATS does Mr. Preston deal with the massive and serious revelations about Planned Parenthood by The Center for Medical Progress.  Given that the clearly genocidal nature of Planned Parenthood can no longer be denied, why does he not cover it? Why not bring to light this horrendous institution which, with taxpayer money to boot, has quietly operated veritable extermination camps in our own backyards? I cannot help but think that he does not in fact seriously challenge the Empire, and is thus a tacit defender of the system.

What is an Empire? I, as a follower of the traditional ethical system of Western Civilization – a civilization influenced primarily by Jewish, Christian, Greek, and Roman ideas – understand that an empire is a social system designed to inflame lust in the heart of men. Such a system is one in which the authorities seek to keep men at war within their own souls, thereby preventing them from endangering the power of the ruling class. We can see this from two opposite prospectives; the Marquis de Sade and St. James. The former states:

“ .. for the state of a moral man is one of tranquility and peace, the state of an immoral man is one of perpetual unrest that pushes him to, and identifies him with, the necessary insurrection in which the republic must always keep the government of which it he is a member.”[2]

And the latter:

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?  You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.  Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?  But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.””[3]

What is the common denominator here? Lust. Specifically, the lust to dominate or to acquire: Libido Dominandi. Both de Sade and St. James understand that war arises from lust, which, unlike love, seeks to plunder nature and man for its own sake and power. Thus, an Empire, a social system, ironically enhances its own power by sowing the seeds of discontent and conflict within the hearts of its subjects. These internally-conflicted men are then easily directed to fight the nation’s wars, as de Sade points out.

Let us briefly look at the norms of 21st century America’s culture of death: pornography; sodomy; infidelity; strippers; abortion; infanticide; gender equality; humanism; sports culture; virtual diversions; etc., all of which Mr. Preston is essentially unopposed to. Yet I don’t know how Mr. Preston has failed to realize that this very culture was fabricated for us, by the elite, in order to divide us so that we are none the wiser to our subtly engineered servitude. We can see this imperial culture at work in the rise of LSD and contemporary drug culture brought about by CIA activity, as well as in the works of Alfred Kinsey, who was funded by the Rockefeller family in order to pursue his grotesque sexology studies. Kinsey’s work, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, was the definitive “scientific” proof needed by the Empire in order to normalize sick sexual fetishes and remove the incest, pornography, and homosexuality laws in the United States. By his own admission, Leary praised the CIA for its work in giving America its equivalent of Soma:

 “If you look back, many things that we thought were coincidences turned out not to have been accidents. The entire LSD movement itself was sponsored originally by the CIA to who I give great credit. I would not be here today if it were not for the foresight and prestige of the CIA psychologists. So give the CIA credit for being a true intelligence agency.”[4]

The Rockefeller Foundation is conscious of its efforts to sexualize America:

“In 1948 Alfred Kinsey published his first research findings on human sexuality. Entitled, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, and funded largely by the Rockefeller Foundation (RF), the work was widely read by academic and popular audiences, and inspired both praise and condemnation. Ultimately, the work transformed American society by challenging American perceptions and attitudes toward sex.”[5]

Many more corporate and government efforts could be shown to prove the point, but I think these two will suffice for the moment. It is patently obvious that these entities are responsible for the deliberate social transformation of America, foisting upon its people a culture of women’s rights, sodomy, and shack-ups, which has, by its own design, shattered American families and wrought upon this nation a new class of denizens incapable of resisting the ambitions of the Empire. As an anarchist, Mr. Preston does not believe he is in the habit of imbuing our overlords with benevolent intentions; yet it is not apparent to him that his tacit endorsement of these cultural diseases undermines his very position! What would the Rockefellers and the CIA have to gain from Mr. Preston’s tacit endorsement of their social program? Power and control. If Mr. Preston is not willing to associate these practices with malevolent motives in propagating these ideas, he seems to be in the strange situation of believing that for once government and corporations were not acting in their self-interest, but rather for the sake of improving our lives. Does that sound reasonable at all? Of course not!

I have already shown that a connection exists between vice and empire herehere, and here. I do not believe it bears repeating here. For a thought experiment, Mr. Preston would be like a man in the Roman Empire saying that the gladiatorial games, bath houses, chariot races and the theater are swell, but darn it why are there Roman legions stationed in Britain? This character is completely unconvincing, since the games and circus were the Roman Empire. After conquering nations, how did Rome win them over? With trinkets, games, and circus. How does the American Empire win over its subject nations? With trinkets, games and circus. For anyone who has read ATS as long as I have, it is perfectly clear that Mr. Preston is an avid supporter of the elite-manufactured culture and morality, despite all his posturing to the contrary. As Robert Lewis Dabney described conservatives as the shadow liberalism, Mr. Preston is merely the shadow of the Empire. What Mr. Preston stands for today would have been considered totally radical in the 1950s, and will be considered relatively conservative in the 2020s. He has no moral or rational reason to drink some of the poison and go some of the way, but then stop arbitrarily and say “thus far and no farther.”

Ralph Peters,  a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel, also believes that moral corruption is a weapon in the Empire’s arsenal:

“Yes, foreign cultures are reasserting their threatened identities–usually with marginal, if any, success–and yes, they are attempting to escape our influence. But American culture is infectious, a plague of pleasure, and you don’t have to die of it to be hindered or crippled in your integrity or competitiveness. The very struggle of other cultures to resist American cultural intrusion fatefully diverts their energies from the pursuit of the future. We should not fear the advent of fundamentalist or rejectionist regimes. They are simply guaranteeing their peoples’ failure, while further increasing our relative strength.”[6]

It is quite clear from the historical record that sporting events were training for or a substitute for war. It is no surprise that ancient sporting events were so bloody and brutal; the masses craved blood sport. Is it no wonder that these people were always at war? What people like Mr. Preston need to understand, as well as all those Hollywood liberal peaceniks, is that their culture is the tip of the spear of US imperialism. US Imperialism would be impossible without it. The armies and police of an empire are merely its external manifestations; nobody would identify bars primarily as institutions that represent bouncers. Neither is Empire primarily represented by its police or its armies, it is primarily represented by its values and cultural institutions. Since our culture values institutionalized murder and ravishing, are we surprised what our ‘boys’ do abroad considering what they do at home? Without the internal war of the soul, as St. James stated, war would stop. Anything that is calculated to inflame desire is itself an act of imperialism and aggression, for its purpose is always to rob, murder and enslave. In short, I contend that Mr. Preston’s website should be retitled “Defending the System: Pan-Anarchism for the State and Pan-secessionism for the Empire,” since it is apparent that his ideology renders him incapable of inflicting any sort of damage or posing any kind of threat to the Empire. As long as the Planned Parenthood “clinics” remain open, the bombs will continue to fall upon the just and unjust.

[1] 8/26/2015 (4:15 PM)


[3] James 4:1-6

[4] Timothy Leary interview, High Times, Feb. 1978

[5] (8/26/2015 4:40 PM)

[6]  8/26/2015 4:55PM


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