Monday, 9 June 2008

National Anarchist evangelicals predictably given short-shrift

Within the National-Anarchist milieu are a few brave-souls out spreading the gospel to the iron columns of both left and right. Predictably however, the right dismiss them as commies and the left as fash. Leftist anarchists especially, come out with the 'Nazis in disguise' response - like the left never wear different hats depending on who they are talking to! And if N-As were Nazis in disguise, jealous of the pull anarchism has for certain layers of youth (which I find hard to swallow) then surely they would be adopting a populist, modernising approach like the rest of the right?

From the exchanges I've read, the National Anarchists seem to be giving a good account of themselves, giving as good as they get. But is there an argument against crusades like this? Well, maybe. Shouldn't N-As by-pass the sub-cultures and ghettos and go straight to the masses? I think there are many appealing aspects unique to National-Anarchism for the minority of the general public who are motivated by ideas and the 'vision thing', but these people are few and far between. That said, National-Anarchism rightly knows that history is made by pioneers, not the great multitude. So it would be a mistake for N-As to ignore the public completely, who knows what firebrands are hiding out there?

The tactic of engaging with established political trends can be defended, however: If banging collective heads might result in 1 in 20 ideologues, who will be swayed by the N-A message, or at least develop a true understanding of it, and perhaps adopting elements of it into their worldviews - then it will have been worth it.

The familiar refrain of "How can you be a nationalist and an anarchist?!" can be slowly eroded by patience. National-Anarchism is not a straight forward fusion of nationalist and anarchist thought (although a fusion there certainly can be). It is a current that promotes autonomy and choice to people who want to live life how they want to - as long as the rest of us don't have to endure it. Communist, religious, green communities, racial separatist, hippie, fascist communes - they are all fair game to National-Anarchists as part of their wider vision of a post globalised world. It is not a case of "It's OUR WAY or death" as the left and right say, but one of plurality and diversity. It is hard to imagine that everyone will ever want to live under the same political and economic systems. National Anarchism then, reasons that separate communities should agree to disagree and happily co-exist independently of one another. The road to this utopia is unclear, no doubt, but propaganda aimed carefully is the first step in turning theory into action.

So why do I rabbit on about National-Anarchism, an idea at present pretty marginalised and untested? Because it has the potential to become an all-encompassing ideology after the 20th century's failure of warring factions. It offers true diversity in human society. It recognises that contrary to the proclamations of modern liberalism, humanity is not uniform. We can't be uprooted from our respective organic cultural and spiritual DNA and get renamed 'Homo economicus'. Left-anarchists can't wipe the human slate clean

I recently read an article in the Independent detailing the threat climate change is posing to the Sami people (or Lapps to you and me) of northern Scandinavia. Nothing for the reindeer to eat, so no livelihoods for the Sami. It paints a pretty grim picture. Not only are tribal peoples feeling the heat from the globalisers, but now also from climate change (which is mainly due to the rampant capitalism of the multinationals)

We have a World Wildlife Fund - how about a World Indigenous Fund to safeguard threatened cultures? Come on the Great and the Good, how about some generous corporate sponsorship? ...Thought not.


Looking at the new 2008 list of registered political parties I was interested to see the rubber stamp given to the Mercian Party. The Mercians (who were given that name by the West-Saxons - 'Merce' or 'Border folk') now have a regional voice. I remember the Mercian Party stood in a Staffordshire (or was it Shropshire?) council seat last year, so the flag of true regionalism (as opposed to phony governmental 'Euro Zones') is fluttering again in the famed Heptarchy of Anglo-Saxon England. I can't see them setting the political scene alight, but their existence does throw up questions of nationalism and regionalism and the chances of them complementing each other. Hmmm...might treat the reader to that in a future post - stay tuned