Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine

Noam Chomsky Turns 90: How a U.S. Anarchist Has More Than Survived

CounterPunch November 23rd, 2018

“The person who claims the legitimacy of the authority always bears the burden of justifying it. And if they can’t justify it, it’s illegitimate and should be dismantled. To tell you the truth, I don’t really understand anarchism as being much more than that.”—Noam Chomsky. On December 7, 2018, Noam Chomsky turns 90 years old. […]

THE POLITICAL VIGILANTE: Graham Elwood Interviewer

November 7th, 2018

Psychiatric Marginalization of Anti-Authoritarians – Excerpt from New Book

Mad in America October 27th, 2018

For several years, I’ve been thinking about writing Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian―Strategies, Tools, and Models, a book about anti-authoritarians and for them. Authoritarian is routinely defined as “favoring blind submission to authority.” In contrast, anti-authoritarians reject—for themselves and for others—an unquestioning obedience to authority, and they believe in challenging and resisting illegitimate authority. […]

Vital Ignored Truths in Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Studies

October 25th, 2018

Psychologist Stanley Milgram (1933–1984) was deeply affected by Nazi atrocities, so when his early 1960s research on Americans revealed an unexpectedly high rate of obedience to authority commanding subjects to commit cruel actions, this very much troubled him. Milgram’s studies revealed other truths—not as widely known—that are crucial to fighting authoritarianism. One ignored finding is […]

Vital Ignored Truths in Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Studies

CounterPunch October 25th, 2018

Psychologist Stanley Milgram (1933–1984) was deeply affected by Nazi atrocities, so when his early 1960s research on Americans revealed an unexpectedly high rate of obedience to authority commanding subjects to commit cruel actions, this very much troubled him. Milgram’s studies revealed other truths—not as widely known—that are crucial to fighting authoritarianism. One ignored finding is […]

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” Shows Democrats’ Complicity in Electing Trump

October 13th, 2018

Unlike the standard Michael Moore film that is replete with cheap shots and lurid tangents aimed at hooking and pleasing his choir, Moore cuts back on candy for his Trump-hating fans in Fahrenheit 11/9 and instead provides them with much-needed political truths. The substance of Fahrenheit 11/9 challenges his fans to go beyond their easy […]

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” Shows Democrats’ Complicity in Electing Trump

Truthout October 13th, 2018

The substance of Fahrenheit 11/9 challenges his fans to go beyond their easy contempt for the obnoxious Trump. Moore pushes his audience to consider how the corporatist blue team — an authoritarian Democratic National Party, a clueless self-serving Hillary Clinton, a slickly betraying Barack Obama and an ultimately pathetic Bernie Sanders — helped elect Trump […]

Another Sad October for Reds Fans

Cincinnati Enquirer October 11th, 2018

I have long studied legitimate and illegitimate authorities, which exist in all walks of life. Illegitimate authorities include dishonest or exploitative ones but also include those which are incompetent. The fact that 1.6 million fans attended Reds games in 2018 compared to nearly 2.5 million in 2013 is not about Reds fans’ disloyalty, but about loyal […]

“Mutual Aid” Excerpt from Resisting Illegitimate Authority, Titled by Yes!: “Why Alcoholics Can’t Be Forced to Stop Drinking”

Yes! October 4th, 2018

The following excerpt is from the subchapter “Mutual Aid” and which Yes! has titled “Why Alcoholics Can’t Be Forced to Stop Drinking.”

When Bernie Sold Out His Hero, Anti-Authoritarians Paid

CounterPunch September 19th, 2018

  Bernie Sanders, in his thirties, wrote and directed the documentary Eugene V. Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary (1979), and a picture of Debs is on Sanders’s office wall. But the arc of Sanders’s polit­­ical career has moved in the opposite direction from the arc of his hero. Debs moved from polite dissent to courageously […]