Sunday, 27 July 2014

Get in the Zone

The concept of Pioneer Little Europes (PLEs)* - tribal intentional communities - has been gaining currency within radical national circles for some time. Now the newer idea of 'Local Resistance Zones' is being talked about. Yours Truly, being the old hippy he is, believes this moniker to be a tad confrontational, but I still see merit in the idea. LRZs are about nationalists (or anyone for that matter) fostering an identity within a given area (either one they occupy already or one they decide to move to to). Establishing such an identity could begin to be achieved through setting up civic organisations and sustained activity with a nationalist/tribalist ethos. Possibly this would involve nationalist/tribalist cultural, sporting activities and clubs, the arts, music and drama, maybe with an educational slant. Flag flying and murals could add to the feeling of separateness and independence, belonging and pride. Of course, in time, influence could be felt in existing political structures. Nurturing nationalist businesses and farms, working with others of likemind, and developing nationalist networks to reduce dependency on global trade and consumerism are also possible medium-to-long term projects.

LRZs, their supporters argue, would become unattractive to those outside the tribe in question and eventually the LRZ will develop into a homeland. Of course, National Anarchists would support this idea if it were applied to all 'tribes', however defined, and would further argue that the notion of re-establishing some kind of indigenous English state is pure fantasy. Better for radical nationalists to work toward tribal hegemony in given areas and consolidating them into cohesive cultural/tribal units. Any ambition to have LRZs as some launchpad to some ethno takeover, is, frankly, imperialism. Call me defeatist, but even if it could be argued that England could somehow be 'reclaimed' for the indigenous and that LRZs are legitimate vessels for national liberation - it ain't gonna happen. The stakes are too high and a protracted period of misery and fear would likely result. As a National Anarchist I want no part of that. Real national liberation involves working on new strategies that can work. PLEs and LRZs could be just the examples we need to salvage a tribal way of life free from cosmopolitanism, neo-liberalism, modernity, consumerism and One Worldism. Each to their own.

LRZs could adopt the tactics of, or even merge with the Transition Town movements as this would help move toward economic autarky, which is essential.

I welcome the fact that a radical idea like LRZs are being seriously considered by radical nationalist cadre. If LRZs become a major aim of radical nationalists then exciting times lie ahead.

*Or Africas and Asias obviously.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

A riot of regions

Being the cynic I am I don't think that the Scots will vote yes in the Scottish independence referendum in a couple of months. But I DO think a large minority will - maybe 40 to 45%. Of course, London will then, duty bound, bestow Devo Max (more powers to Edinburgh). Whatever the result, the 18th September could well deliver up strengthened calls for devolution and autonomy right across these islands. In Scotland itself Auld Reekie will become the new London and we could see Shetland and Orkney pulling at the leash along with the Islands, Highlands and the Borders with the Lallands finding a stronger voice still.

Logically, Devo Max, and certainly full independence for Scotland, will furnish a serious boost for Wales and Kernow. The latter, especially, surely emboldened by the recent official recognition of its nationhood from the powers that be (good of them, that!) could edge closer to autonomy. There's more to Welsh nationalism than Plaid Cymru, with a large spectrum of national voices, including regional ones in the north. Greater Welsh autonomy could open up a new politics in Wales, nurtured by wider British devolution. In England too there are new emerging calls for greater regional autonomy right across the political spectrum from the Wessex Regionalists to the Socialist Workers Party England. It's encouraging also, that de-urbanisation and pro-rural bias are to the fore. Yorkshire devolution is really on a roll, and wider northern voices are picking up steam from the Free North Campaign to the Hannah Mitchell Foundation. What's with the ghastly named North East Party? Where's that? Northumberland and Durham, I would have thought would suffice.

The Mercian Party exist and other Mercian movements are active, so there's much potential in the midlands. The Wessex Regionalists appear reinvigorated in recent times and could well stand its largest number of candidates at next year's General Election since 1983. However, areas where autonomy movements appear lacking where they shouldn't include Kent (that proud shire with a great culture and dialect, East Anglia and Sussex. Hopefully the Scottish impact will kick start something in these regions. Obviously county pride has never been higher, so let's hope that plays a part in a New England.

Of course, regional identity can overlap. If Dumnonia rises, those in West Wessex who feel drawn can rally to it. I see no reason for conflict. Devolution means enough room for a myriad of identities in increasing autonomous areas. A National Anarchist vision could see a Devon made up of Wessex villages with settlements down the road with allegiance to Dumnonia or just Devon.The regions have had enough imperialism from London so they don't need any home grown varieties! All ways are real. Although the 18th September presents regionalists with an opportunity, the real lesson of the Scottish independence referendum is that the regions don't need to wait for state directives. The public mood is shifting their way - so regionalists should just get on with things and increasingly they are...And we National Anarchists can help. The real tragedy, however, for the Scots, is that even if they do break from London they will still be shackled to Brussels. Where's the logic in that?

Monday, 21 April 2014

The subtle revolution

Some within UK nationalist circles have been hailing the the Right Sector as leaders of some Ukrainian national revolution but whatever the truth behind the murderous acts in Sloviansk yesterday, national revolution had nothing to do with it.

The Workers' Revolutionary Party used to (and probably still do) end many an article in its daily newspaper by stating the solution to this or that strike or crisis was to build the 4th International (or whatever it was). The Socialist Party of Great Britain say that only their brand of socialism can alleviate the world's ills. I won't argue about that. Although I am a National Anarchist I would never claim it is perfect and the one true path. However I do believe that its methods and application can indeed offer something in bringing about a solution to the Ukrainian crisis. National Anarchism's core tenets of maximum autonomy, self-determination and secession are essential to a political settlement in Ukraine. A national dialogue needs to begin involving autonomy for all nationalities including the minority Tatars and others. If ethnic Russians in the east want to declare independence or autonomy Kiev must let them. If they want to join Mother Russia - let them. Minority Ukrainians in Russian areas (and vice versa) need guaranteed rights - possibly involving the idea of National Personal Autonomy. I share the Right Sector's opposition to the EU and in an imperfect world I wish for an independent Ukraine with national values - free of EU or Moscow's dominance.

There is a lot of merit to the assertion that revolutions can be bought about by a small determined elite. Some nationalists may be tempted to think that the Right Sector fit this role. I don't think, however, that their apparent chauvinistic and imperialistic actions can ever be supported by true radical nationalists. Besides, I believe the current neo-liberal regime in Kiev are too powerful, backed as they are by the EU and NATO - to be toppled or let Right Sector get their way. Right Sector operate in a statist mindset. The empires will never allow them to seize control of Ukrainian civic society. Maybe they can eventually control the streets of every city, but as long as the NWO controls the corridors of power, this would amount to nothing. Real national revolution in the 21st century globalist order needs to be subtle and peaceful. National dialogue in Ukraine has the potential to sow the seeds of the process toward maximum devolution and to the National Anarchist vision of federations of autonomous regions, localities and villages - and that is national revolution to its logical conclusion.

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 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...