Saturday, 1 February 2014

More fun with flags

Introducing my very simple design for an English National Anarchist flag. Flags are very important symbols and much emotion and tribal loyalty is invoked through them. We can never have enough flags. This design sees the Cross of St. George subordinated to the green symbolising the green fields and woodlands of England. The green also symbolises the tendency of National Anarchism to lean toward nature and ruralism and against modernity. For those of you who don't like Norman impositions or perceived civic identity, the Cross of St. George can be replaced with the White dragon of course. The green could be replaced with gold symbolising wheat or cornfields - or a combination of both. Other ideas I have are for gold and/or green backgrounds with an Odal rune (which denotes heritage and family) in the centre or upper left canton, or the same colours again with an oakleaf design. A further design idea I have is for the Cross of St. George design but with a green background and a gold cross. I don't wish to replace England's historic national, regional and county flags, nor do I wish to rival the established National-Anarchist Movement flag - but I present these ideas to other English National Anarchists as possible banners to rally to.

For maximun tribal autonomy

The last two weeks has seen renewed inter-tribal clashes in Fezzan, Southern Libya. This is what happens when the old order disappears suddenly. The conflict has meant Gaddafi loyalists, the so-called 'Green Resistance',have increased operations in the area around Sabha, and reports of pro-Jamahirya activity in Sirte and even Bengazi have been filtering in. Obviously, those who would see the restoration of the Jamahirya are only interested in a unified Libya, but surely the peaceful solution lies in a decentralised, federal Libya that can lead onto maximum tribal autonomy and ultimately free tribal areas - somrthing resembling the National Anarchist vision. Natural resources will probably also be squabbled over, but we need to look for ways when some resources just won't be needed or wanted. But we need to accept the fact that a tribal world will not be without it's problems. But this is the direction we need to go if we are to move toward national freedom and social justice. It's not just Libya - right now the same goes for South Sudan and the Ukraine: the break up of states into smaller tribal entities. this is the logical alternative to globalisation. And there's another country with ongoing conflict that could benefit from radical tribal solutions - Syria. Cards on the table here: as a National Anarchist I want a military victory for Assad's government and armed forces. I'm not one for ideological purity and sectarianism ("THIS is all good - THAT is all bad") sometimes life is about compremises and going with what you have. Just as radical nationalists MAY have some common cause with aspects of Gaddafi's Third Universal Theory (forget about Gaddafi the man for now) then they MAY have some common cause with Ba'athism - nothing wrong with a national/cultural renaissance to my eyes. Obviously National Anarchists have VERY BIG differences with both these ideologies, but we cannot ignore geopolitical reality. A victory for Assad over religious fascism and Western imperialism, followed by genuine national dialogue involving Syrians of all shades including Druze, Assyrians and Kurds leading to a federal Syria along tribal lines is what all genuine nationalists should be calling for.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

New beginnings

First off, let me wish bright solstice greetings on this, the shortest day of the year - my how the wheel of the Lord and Lady turns! I have just witnessed a fine (and for once well rehearsed!) Mummer's play in my local, and as a consequence, I'm in high spirits! May I also wish everyone a Merry Christmastide - the twelve days, which technically do not start until the 24th or 25th December, depending on which tradition you follow - but I wish it today nonetheless to everyone who passes by here now and then - and to those who follow it. For many of us the Winter Solstice marks the new year when the Sun is born again and starts her journey anew.

New beginnings...so what will 2014 bring? Hopefully a 'Yes' vote in the Scottish Independence referendum. A HUGE anti-EU vote across Europa in May. Peace in Syria after a victory against religious fascism and lasting dialogue with the Kurdish people and other ethno-religious groups...and hopefully a consolidation and growth of National Anarchist ideas. I do my part distributing NA material around and about...and in the REAL world, no less. I've also joined Twitter with a view to spreading National Anarchism to a wider audience and I encourage other NAs to follow suit. Who knows I may even end up on Facebook! Not having 24/7 access to the Internet limits the time I can spend to this blog, but it has been getting around 350 hits per month for some time. I have no idea how this stands up alongside similar blogs, but as far as I'm concerned, it's pleasing enough.

As I've said before, National Anarchism is, for me, almost a post-nationalist ideology - expanding on the definition of 'nation' and challenging all dogmas. But that does not mean that I disagree with other other radical nationalist currents on everything. This year has seen a new UK nationalist youth group emerge. I applaud its energy, but its emphasis and propaganda are not my cup of tea. What I'd really love to see is a UK version of  Generation Identitaire to present today's youth with an alternative tribal vision. To see these young people stand up against internationalism and globalism with such vigor and passion is truly inspiring!

So here's wishing a successful and fruitful 2014 to all National Anarchists, radical nationalists, anti-globalists, regionalists, localists, green anarchists, deep ecologists, tribalists, intentional communities, PLE-types and their equivalents, urban farmers, squatters, homesteaders, secessionists, Dark Mountaineers, anti-capitalists, Occupiers, small businesses, the self-employed, co-ops, distributists and de-growth advocates...Has this covered it? Probably not, but God bless you all.

Situation vacant?

Speaking in Shanghai this week Prof. Steve Rayner said that "the global population was in the middle of the greatest migration in history, with 75% of the world population predicted to be living in cities by 2030." To prepare for this Prof. Rayner urged the development of 'eco-cities' and sustainable urban living. I certainly approve of the 'greening' of cities with urban farms and the large-scale adoption of veggie patches in every back garden, verge and window box. However, long term this prediction presents National Anarchists and radical nationalists with an opportunity.

If the rural population ups sticks in such large numbers and goes off to seek their fortune in the big city (and remember they did this once before) this might just leave the odd bit of land and farmhouse for us lot to colonise. Yes, this figure of 75% will be unevenly spread, but surely even in the 'developed' world it might leave its mark. Okay, large companies might land grab much of the space to feed the cities. This means we need to keep our eyes open for the opportunities. Some radical nationalists have been talking about the need for organising NOW to raise the funds necessary. The rest of us need to listen. Our future lies in rural areas away from the city - the home of globalism.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Too many chiefs?

I sympathise in a way about what Boris Johnson was talking about last week. Intellegence does make equality pretty much impossible at least within mass societies. Besides, I don't necessarily believe that equality is always a good thing in and of itself. Equality can lead to to squabbles and ineffiencies which result in failure and injustice. I believe in freedom and justice not equality.

National Anarchists believe in small tribal communities that have seceeded from mass universalist society. Could these intentional communities be egalitarian? Maybe - and that would be the decision of the tribes themselves. I cannot speak for all National Anarchists but I would prefer a modicum of hierachy and expertise within my ideal community to the rule of the mob. Now that said, I don't advocate a filthy rich lord of the manor living in opulance while his serfs scrape by in squalor either! Any differences in wealth and creature comforts would be minimal within National Anarchist tribes because they will by necessity be based on simple-living and 'living the dream' according to our anti-materialist ideals. They will have to give up on most of what consumer society has to offer. For this reason social equality will be a lot closer in National Anarchist societies than under global capitalism. If for example a tribal community of 15-20 like-minded people sets up a working farm, then I'd want someone IN CHARGE, WHO KNOWS WHAT HE OR SHE IS DOING - an EXPERT. A farm manager who is best placed to deal with the challenges the tribe will face - FOR THE COMMON GOOD. So because of his/her pivitol role our leader (social justice dictates) is entitled to REWARDS. I'm not talking vast riches. I don't believe any tribal comrade should eat worse than 'the boss' or not be as safe and warm. But the leader (or leaders) who is steering the ship and making the venture a success, should if they wish (and by concensus) claim the larger living quarters and maybe the finest wine the tribe produces or secures through barter or trade from other tribes. This peck order secures stability and LOYALTY. Likewise those that are best able to defend their community physically - they too should be offered reward. Social justice breeds contentment - equality can lead to resentment.

To reitorate, I'm not suggesting huge differences in wealth or priviledge (and as I mentioned before, National Anarchist communities must be based on what Flora Thompson described as 'a poor plenty' - there probably won't be any way of generating extravagence, nor will it be wanted) what I am talking about is a healthy peck order which secures stability, security and cohesion to small social groups. If some tribes go with the egalitarian ideal then the best of luck and all respect to them. But personally I think a little hierachy goes a long way. The anarchist in me wants small society as opposed to mass society. No states as opposed to states. I part company with left anarchists when they DEMAND communism. Just for the record, any detractors might have a giggle when I say that I do not regard myself as being particularly bright. I've never taken an IQ test (wouldn't want to!) I'm just one of those people that likes to be led. In my ideal community I can see myself as someone who would waffle on at the monthly general assembly about what customs and feast days we should observe, but as far as the day to day running of the place goes, I'd be happy to to listen to the elites, to TRUST them, and perhaps invite them round to my tied-cottage or digs once or twice a year of an evening - I might even tug my forelock...

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Top of the Pops

I've always been a political trainspotter - I remember when Veritas split from UKIP and when the Popular Alliance split from Veritas. I'd almost forgot about the Popular Alliance, but I stumbled across them again the other day. They have some good ideas. National Anarchists should remember that we've lots of allies out there even if we don't realise it and in places we would not normally expect. The very 'normal' looking Popular Alliance for example say this:
We are anti-globalist and part of our anti-globalism is a policy of non-interference in other nation's affairs, opposition to interference in our policy making. We believe in localism - the small scale economy and decentralised society as envisaged by EF Schumacher, GK Chesterton and John Papworth. This is the direct opposite of internationalism and multinationalism, which is run by a remote global elite who are increasingly unnaccountable and powerful. A return to small nations, small governments, small farms and shops, and support for the "small man" against the big forces is what we strive for.
That's not a million miles from National Anarchists and other radical and revolutionary nationalists and tribalists. Of course we we differ on many things but so what? Build on what we have in common in line with the National Anarchist principal of pluralism - each to their own. Five years ago (what?!) I wrote about the need for a Grand Alliance against globalism and we still need one today.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

The way through

National Anarchists promote intentional communities, villages and homesteads for different tribes (however defined) to secede from mass universalist 'clone' society and start living life in line with their political, cultural and social ideals. We do this because we know that we cannot seriously challenge mass society or overthrow the global elites  - we are realists. It's the reverse of "if you can't beat 'em - join 'em" If you can't beat 'em ignore 'em. Move away. The National-Anarchist Movement have a good slogan: There is no way back, there is no way out. But there is a way THROUGH. This sums it up perfectly.

Some nationalists have criticised our desire for our separatist tribal communities - they say we will become like the Amish. Well, we should take this as a complement! From where I'm standing the Amish are doing just fine and have done for a long time!

In South Africa today the Red October movement is getting organised. I'm assuming these folk are tribalist in essence otherwise they wouldn't be organising along tribal lines. Shouldn't they at least begin considering secession? They have fine examples in their country to follow like Orania and Kleinfontein - Tribalist communities that are making a go of things. And am I right to assert that National Anarchists would prefer rural communities to urban? We become closer to one another when we are closer to the soil.

"An agricultural country which consumes its own food is a finer thing than an industrial country, which at its best can only consume its own smoke." - G.K. Chesterton

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Lion in the north


Yesterday's pro-independence rally in Edinburgh (Photo: RT News)

I'm confident of Catalan freedom, not so confident of Scottish freedom in its referendum on independence from the UK a year from now. The reason for this that three hundred years of political union with England and Wales has left its mark socially and culturally. Although brokered artificially by social elites of the day, political union has developed organic cultural and social ties (many which existed before 1707 in any case) 'Britishness' does exist in and of its own right. But for radical nationalists Scottishness comes first.
 
National Anarchists and other national revolutionaries have no wish to deny close cultural ties between tribes and nations but we DO wish to break up political unions. The maximum devolution we wish to see has to start some somewhere and that's why we should support the 'Yes' campaign for Scottish independence. We as radical nationalists call for an independent Scotland OUTSIDE OF THE EU!
 
But why stop there? Scotland, like anywhere else has its unique regions that are culturally and socially distinct. The Borders have a different vibe to Orkney which differs from Shetland. The Highlands are distinct from the Islands. Scottish independence should be the beginning of a process towards placing political power at the lowest level - City states, parishes, villages. Under this scenario, the Scottish nation will exist culturally, socially and economically in confederated micro nations from Dumfries to Thurso, Edinburgh to the Hebrides...but cease on a political level. Of course other tribes and 'nations' will exist on Scottish soil too - this is part of the pluralistic National Anarchist vision.