Saturday, 19 January 2008

National Anarchism made simple

Further to my recent post on National-Anarchism ('Tear up the rulebook', 5th January) I'm reproducing this article, 'National Anarchism Made Simple', salvaged from the now defunct National-Anarchist Campaign website. Although I don't agree with every dot and comma, I do believe it offers a digestible primer to National Anarchism and I reproduce it here because it falls into a general anti-globalist, non-dogmatic and syncretic political outlook which this blog aims to promote...

NATIONAL-ANARCHISM MADE SIMPLE

The world today is undergoing a process of GLOBALIZATION.

This means that nation states are losing their relevance and more and more economic, political and military power is being concentrated in the hands of powerful INTERNATIONAL players.

One effect of globalization is the destruction of nations, cultures, peoples, values . . . anything that stands in the way as the NATIONAL gives way to the INTERNATIONAL.

If your values are at odds with those of the globalises -- whether your values be nationalist, communist, anarchist, Islamic, Christian or anything else -- you will see things that you hold dear being swept aside.

Today’s globalizers are NEOLIBERALS. They preach the supremacy of the free market, unrestrained trade, unrestrained capitalism in all its brutality . . . The rich prosper -- the poor tend to be exploited.

The world is not being run well by these neoliberal globalizers. Their greed leads to terrible suffering worldwide.

These neoliberal globalizers bleat about the horrors, real and invented, of communism and Nazism. But their greed and their wars kill more people than either communism or Nazism!

Even if we accept the view of mainstream historians that 50 million people died in the Second World War -- more people than this die from starvation-related causes worldwide every three years!

These neoliberals are full of their own moral righteousness.

But how 'moral' was it to drop nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, cities full of civilians, at a time when they knew full well that Japan was trying to start surrender negotiations (as Truman's writings and the testimony of senior FBI officials such as Dulles show)?

They were very quick to condemn the Soviet Union for invading Afghanistan.

But these neoliberals, spearheaded by the United States, did not hesitate to invade Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Haiti, Grenada, Vietnam and many other countries when it suited them.

They are quick to accuse others of 'war crimes' and to put them on trial.

Funny how international law can never be applied against their leaders when they do the same things and worse . . .

The hypocrisy of 'Western values' is clear.

They condemn Saddam Hussein of Iraq, who opposed them, as an 'evil dictator' yet they have had good relations with 'dictatorial' regimes such as those in China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia. Their kind never hesitated to prop up 'dictators' in countries such as Chile and Argentina when it suited them. Indeed, they even supported Saddam when it was convenient -- before he spoke out against them and before they decided to try to get his oil!

The cornerstone of their worldview is the evil of the German concentration camps in World War II, yet their own World War II atrocities such as the nuclear bombing of entire Japanese cities full of civilians at a time when the Japanese government was trying to surrender, the deliberate expatriation of Russian and Yugoslav emigres to their death at the hands of their 'allies' (the 'evil dictators' Stalin and Tito), and the unnecessary conventional bombing of cities full of civilians such as Dresden are considered irrelevant. Where were the war crimes trials of their leaders? Where is the orchestrated anger and outrage about their crimes?

The world is being taken over by people with blood on their hands whose 'values' are based on hypocrisy, who do not hesitate to kill and enslave when it suits them, and who are quite willing to erase cultures, religions, ideologies, ways of life that they perceive to be standing in their way.

In the past, great empires have crumbled. The Roman empire crumbled. The Ottoman empire crumbled. The Nazi empire crumbled. The British empire crumbled, as did that of the French. Even the Soviet empire crumbled. But the New World Order is different.

(a) It is a global empire -- there is no outside force to overthrow it or to put economic pressure on it.

(b) It has at its disposal absolutely vast military, policing and above all intelligence resources (spies).

(c) It is able to use subtle control of the media -- television and newspapers -- to control the flow of information to the ordinary people.

(d) It has developed a system of 'two-party democracy' whereby in each country there are two 'main' parties or coalitions, both of which support neoliberal globalization. The people tend to 'oppose' one by voting for the other, not realizing that both stand for the same basic things and are often in the pockets of the same people.

How can we oppose them? What is to be done?

Opposing them through elections is pointless.

(a) You cannot win important elections unless you have sustained access to the media -- on television and in newspapers. You need to be on television every night. The neoliberals will never allow their opponents such access. You have some freedom to speak but little freedom to be heard.

(b) You cannot win important elections unless you have vast manpower and financial resources. Even if you get such resources, the neoliberals will use 'dirty tricks' to take away your money and drive away your supporters.

(c) Even if you win an election, so what? The real global policy decisions are taken globally, and often by people who are unelected. To have a real effect you would need to win elections throughout the world -- and neutralize the effect of the people who have the politicians in their pockets!

(d) Yet if you were to win just one important election, the system could well use the full force of its media, economic sanctions, dirty tricks, and possibly even armed violence to sweep you from power. Look at the Algerian election of 1992 -- the Islamists won, so they cancelled the elections!

The electoral route is a waste of time.

Opposing them with revolutionary violence is pointless, at least in the countries of the West.

In the Middle East and the Third World, some gains have indeed been made through violent insurrection. The Israelis were kicked out of Lebanon and have lost much ground because of violence from their opponents. The Americans have been forced to rethink their imperialist ambitions in Iraq. Even in little Nepal, the Maoists have secured much territory and power through violence. However, with the possible exception of the '9/11' attacks, violence in the core countries of the West has failed to secure significant anti-Establishment gains.

Given the military resources of the Establishment, but more importantly its police and intelligence resources, anyone who thinks they can overthrow the neoliberals by violence is either insane or an Establishment spy trying to provoke you into getting yourself arrested.

Always be suspicious of those who urge you to commit acts of violence.

We national-anarchists have a different solution.

We accept that the enemy has won. The neoliberal globalizers have gained control of the world. We do not have the resources to overthrow them.

However, there are things that we can do to preserve values and ways of life that are contrary to those of the neoliberals.

We need to move away from destructive strategies that seek to take power from the Establishment. We need to move away from electoral participation and violence. These paths have been blocked. We are just wasting our time if we try to pursue these routes.

We need to move towards constructive strategies. Strategies of building alternatives to the New World Order. Strategies of acquiring our own resources, or forming alliances with other anti-Establishment groups, but above all of building our own isolated communities and turning our backs on the New World Order, decisively and for ever.

Our ultimate aim should be to build self-sufficient, isolated, intentional (voluntary) communities in the most inaccessible regions of the Earth.

We should turn our backs on the New World Order for ever and live according to our own values, whatever they might be.

If you are a Christian, then build a Christian community. If you are a communist, then build a communist community. If you are a white separatist, build a white separatist community. If you are a Buddhist, build a Buddhist community. If you care about the environment, build an environmentally friendly community. Turn your backs on the murderers and hypocrites who have bought the world! Live according to your own values, whatever they may be, and not according to theirs!

People have been building intentional communities to try to preserve particular ways of life for many thousands of years. Many have failed but some have succeeded.

It is a very difficult path to follow, but it is far easier than trying to change the world through elections or through violence.

Do not misinterpret this as a call simply to move to the countryside with a few friends. Such 'cabbage-patch national-anarchism' will fail.

(a) If you are geographically close to the population centres of the New World Order then it will be easy for people to join and leave. You will attract half-hearted types. Moreover, it will be easy for people to go off in a huff. This can cause fatal damage. You need isolation so that it's a 'big thing' to join and leave. Only the dedicated will want to take such a big step. And they will be less likely to go home when the going gets tough.

(b) If you don't isolate yourself sufficiently, you will be tempted to become dependent on the Establishment media, electricity supply, schools and other facilities. Eventually you -- like so many others before you -- will simply become overwhelmed by the world around you and dragged back into it.

(c) If you don't isolate yourself sufficiently, it will be easier to find yourself involved in conflicts with the outside world. Such conflicts have caused the demise of many attempts at community building.

National-anarchism, to work in the long term, must involve complete and uncompromising isolation. It is not about taking a holiday in the countryside.

The secret of making this sort of strategy work is to attract and inspire pioneers -- people and organizations with intelligence, motivation and above all resources.

The emphasis therefore must be on producing and targeting propaganda, with the aim of generating pioneers who will use their personalities, intelligence and wealth to establish remote, intentional communities.