Monday, 26 May 2008

Wanted: A Grand Alliance Against Globalism

I hear that the Green Party is involved in a 'Convention of the Left' to be held in Manchester in September. How this sits among the not insignificant non-Marxist Greens might be interesting to hear. The event also has the imput of the CPGB (of Weekly Worker fame) The CPB (of Morning Star fame) and various other flotsam and jetsam of the left. Now, I'm all for talking to people (although I'd prefer to see action) and pigs might fly - we might actually see something positive come out of it. But looking at things in terms of Left and Right are redundant. I'm sure that, at heart, these groups genuinely oppose the march of globalism, but in challenging it from their own rigid worldviews, they fall at the first hurdle. Opposition to the overwhelming power of the global system can only actually mean something in practical terms if some ideological ceasefire is reached - a 'Grand Alliance' of anti-global forces from right across the political spectrum. If the Green Party can work with the Leninists of the CPGB/CPB et al, between whom there is a substantial ideological gulf, they can work with nationalist currents who, incidentally, have always had a green veneer to them. Greens, Reds, Paleoconservatives, revolutionary nationalists, anarchists - they all talk about anti-globalism. They know its the world's biggest enemy. They should find common cause, leave each others throats alone and stop the phoney war.

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Anti-globalists organise Down Under

Since undertaking this blog I've tried to keep it free from sectarianism. If a tendency or group is broadly anti-globalist in nature, then it will get a bit of publicity on here. It is the height of stupidity to come out against some political current if you oppose 10% of it, but agree with the other 90%. Just because someone you don't particularly like is big on some idea or other, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad one! So while this blog doesn't subscribe to any particular 'ism', it gives credit where credit's due and tries to highlight ideas that promote political, cultural and economic alternatives to the global empire, the neocons and neoliberals. It's for this reason that Berrocscir's Banner is giving a little plug to National-Anarchism. This tendency, still in its relative infancy, has been doing a fine job of infuriating disciples of dogma from both the 'left' and 'right'. And in Australia right now, it looks like gaining a niche (albeit a small one) on the political scene. What is National-Anarchism? I've written on the subject before, but the following basic points from this site cover the basics well enough:

1. That a one-world government, either in the form of a de jure global superstate or in the form of a de facto global superstate arising from an advanced state of globalisation, is a bad thing.

2. That imperialism and neo-imperialism are bad things.

3. That the creation of small, more-or-less independent communities is a desirable alternative to globalisation, imperialism and neo-imperialism and that a world built up of such communities would be a good thing.

4. That the traditional political distinction between ‘left’ and ‘right’ is simplistic and unsuited to the modern world.

5. That in the highly globalised world of today, which approximates to a de facto global superstate, a more useful distinction is that between ‘the system’ (‘the Establishment’) and ‘the enemies of the system’.

6. ‘The system’ (‘the Establishment’), being a globalising, imperialistic and neo-imperialistic institution, is a bad thing that should be opposed.

7. That some degree of alliance formation between enemies of the system is a good thing.

...and that the aim of N-A propaganda is:

1. To try to inspire opponents of America's global empire, irrespective of their political, religious or theoretical backgrounds, to work against that empire in a way that will yield sustainable results in the long term.

2. To present a vision of a diverse world where different communities can live according to their own values, rather than a global empire where we all have to live according to cosmopolitan, American, neoliberal McValues. To try to suggest realistic ways of gradually bringing about such a world.

National Anarchism then, promotes what I call cultural separatism. If you care about cultural preservation, believe in each culture's intrinsic worth in the face of creeping world monoculture, the best way of securing this is to take action to encourage all the world's peoples develop their own ways of life without outside influence. If you try to mix them all up, as the liberal-left champion, all that results is the death of one or more, or the watering down of them to such a degree, that they might as well be dead. You also tend to get friction, like it or not. The same goes for local economies and political systems. Above all N-A ideas champion real autonomy - something all anti-globalists can find common cause with if they can discard their own prejudices.

As they rightly say: "We're all Tibetans now". It seems that the Aussie N-As are leading the way, but there are other propaganda groupings in Scandanavia, Germany, Spain, US and a portugese group that maintain a good blog

In every sphere the peoples of the world are losing their cultures and identities to MTV and the shopping mall. The crass, superficial, rootless, disposable culture that global capitalism is promoting is just as repugnant as the Marxist idea of the 'prolekult' - an enforced, uniform, manufactured miserable existence for those unfortunate enough to experience it. National-Anarchists fight for the right of self-determination for all the people's of the earth in all their beautiful distinctiveness against Americana and the drab monoculture it creates - and for that, this little blog wishes them well.

MINORITY REPORT - Titbits from the Outer-limits

In addition to Cllr Colin Auty running for the leadership of the BNP, last year's challenger Chris Jackson is throwing his hat in the ring once more. With a moderniser on one side and the Old Guard on the other, Nick Griffin won't be losing any sleep.

Yippee - English nationalism's very own Kilroy-Silk, Matt O'Connor, is setting up his own party - but we'll have to wait until September. There's been talk in English nationalist circles that the emergence of multiple 'English' parties is a positive development. I strongly disagree. English Nationalists need maximum unity, they need to strike as a fist. I think the English Democrats have reached a critical mass and are now clearly not some flash-in-the-pan. Despite the leadership's federalism, the party is a broad enough church for all English nationalists - Strike for England as one!

Friday, 16 May 2008

This one gave me a lump in the throat

This is a great song of ethnic pride from folk duo Show of Hands. Wise words. I liked the line "I've lost St George in the Union Jack, it's my flag too and I want it back" ....class!

Friday, 9 May 2008

Alex, where's yer troosers?

Gordon Brown wants to take that Wendy Alexander down a peg or two. Fancy calling for a vote on the very existence of the Union without running it by the gaffer first.
Basically, what our Wend' tried to do was put the jitters up the SNP by getting Salmond to call a referendum which, deep down, he knows they'll loose. But by-passing the Labour hierarchy and treating the Labour Party like it was some decentralised, federative outfit...yer card's marked, lassie.

Mind you, I can see Alexander's logic. Get the scots to reject the SNP's reason for existence, then point out that there is now no point to the SNP which leads on to Labour reclaiming power north of the border.

English nationalists need to bang the drum down here for Scottish independence - they need to tell the Scots that we want it too. Scots & Sassanach nationalists need to support each other against what in the next few years will be a barrage of unionist propaganda and scare stories.

Another year another headache for Nick Griffin. Kirklees BNP councillor (and part-time songsmith) Colin Auty is running for leadership - See here . Auty doesn't seem to be part of the the Voice of Change lot, but they are backing him nonetheless. However, Auty will do well to beat the 9% Chris Jackson got last year. I think the majority of BNP members are unaware of the splits in the party's activist base and won't want to change the regime. Griffin might be a tad worried that his members might be getting a bit restless if the modest gains of the past few years don't kick up a gear next year. Given the socio-economic conditions, the BNP should be making better progress than it currently is.

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Election night special

The dust has settled and life pretty much goes on the same...

I was pleased Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate came in 4th place in London Mayoral contest with 77,000 first preferences. If the election was a beauty contest, Sian would've walked it. Their list vote was up too and they've managed to keep their two seats on the GLA. Hey, there's nothing wrong with treading water.

The BNP's Richard Barnbrook came in 5th in the London Mayoral contest with 69,000 votes and he also will now sit at City Hall in the GLA. What an endearing image - Richard flanked by Jenny Jones and Darren 'Dazzler' Johnson sharing the tea and biccies.

In the South West GLA seat the big news is that Andrew Constantine, leader of the Free England Party, beat the English Democrat candidate by nearly a thousand votes. I can see this being a topic of contention within English Nationalist circles for some time to come. The English Democrats didn't score too badly in the GLA - 4000 odd being their top score. To notch up 10,000 Mayoral votes for Matt O'Connor who had already withdrawn isn't so bad either, considering the EDs blew it big time with that sorry affair...

The NF, whose national membership is somewhere between 1 and 200, did very well in the five GLA seats they contested, their highest score being 11, 000 odd. The NF name still clearly carries a lot of weight.

The figures for the Left List were not disastrous for them but not spectacular either. Also ol' Danny Lambert of the loveable Socialist Party of Great Britain picked up 1500 votes in Lambeth. I once met Danny in my youth. He came to politics rather later in life than me and showed great zeal for the SPGB's style of utopian socialism, always wearing a big smile. The SPGB are the NF of the left. They have nowhere near the NF's popular appeal, but like them, they plough their own furrow, they know they're right and it's nice to see them standing.

I was a tad disappointed by the Green's performance at council level - a net gain of only five brings their number of councillors up to 116. I think the BNP gained around 10-15, taking them up to about 70. Actually, the BNP getting a seat on the Greater London Assembly, has saved party chairman Nick Griffin a lot of argy-bargy I think. The council performance was not spectacular and failing to get a GLA seat might have sparked a grassroots rebellion in the ranks. Of course, now Nick must be eyeing up Brussels for next year. A tenner says he'll scrape in as an MEP.

I couldn't bring myself to trawl the internet in search of the truth, but web-based title-tattle has it that the Socialist People's Party, based in Barrow-in-Furness (you couldn't make it up) have taken a couple of ward seats from Labour up there. And the Democratic Labour Party in Walsall just missed out on glory, apparently.