Saturday, 27 December 2008

Will Tribalism be the big thing in 2009?

Lets face it, Yule is always a time when we look to the New Year with just a bit of hope in our hearts that a new day will dawn. For a while now, I've nailed my flag to the mast of National Anarchism...while remaining pragmatic. We must realise Broad Frontism is absolutely essential in the fight against globalisation, the state of siege that is multiculuralism, and the nightmare of bland Atlanticist monoculturalism. I'm hoping that National Anarchism can begin going under a different handle, a less formal, technical one. For some time I've preferred Tribalism. It is a word that is instantly recognisable and will appeal to the blood, so to speak. Most people are driven by their gut feelings and Tribalism is full of them.

Some US National Anarchists have produced this What is Tribalism? flier which uses my preferred buzzword. Let's hope it sets the standard and National Anarchists from all over adopt this positive tag in the years to come.


Well, this blog's survived '08. I have plans for expansion in '09 with more theory, photos, links and reports. I'm hoping to kick off the New Year with a look at the split between English Ethno-nationalism and it's Civic counterpart. Something to look forward to?

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Pioneering National Anarchist essays

I was frustrated recently to discover that I'd lost copies of articles I'd saved from the now off-line National-Anarchist Campaign website, last seen in 2006. Several essays on there from David Michael had a big influence on this author and the political outlook and worldview of this here blog. So you can imagine my joy when I retrieved them from the brilliant Internet Archive, which saves sites for posterity.

Dr Michael penned several essays on National Anarchist strategy, theory and practice, which all free-thinking anti-globalists and anti-capitalists can learn from. Here are the links:

'Unity in Diversity' - A look at alliance building between different anti-globalist camps and dealing with sectarianism

'On Strategy' - which details how National Anarchists should work

'On the importance of saying 'they've won' - A good article on what we can and can't achieve

'A new land, a new life, a new hope' - a look at intentional communities, past and present, and the lessons for anti-globalists

An article responding to criticisms of National Anarchism

Other stuff is accessible here

Dr Michael did get into squabbles with other National Anarchists, which is inevitable, but ultimately uninteresting. Certainly many National Anarchists disagree among each other on many things, and although these articles match my definitions of National Anarchism, I have no problem with other National Anarchist factions. To me National Anarchism goes beyond ethno-communities without hierarchy or the state. To me its more live & let live. I might disapprove of the way other people live, but its pointless condemning them - let them form into their own communities. I'll live in mine and we'll keep out of each other's way. Simple!

A lot of National Anarchists may oppose hierarchy, that's fine, a lot of hierarchy is oppressive. But some communities might like it, find that it works for them and argue that it benefits their community...and that's fine too. My National Anarchism comes from my natural tribalism and ethno-instinct, not so much from anarchism as an ideology, even though I cut my teeth in that tradition.

Monday, 1 December 2008

A question of ownership

The Green Party of England & Wales rightly did not make a song and dance last week when it emerged that two names on the leaked BNP membership list were ex-Green Party members. There was just a short discrete statement on their website about people with racist and anti-Semitic views not being welcome in the Party. Fair enough, it sits easy with this author who also happens to be non-racist and not anti-Semitic. But how do the GPEW explain the fact that the BNP has Jewish members, one, if I remember correctly, was or is a sitting councillor?

The very word racist has lazy, knee-jerk overtones to it. The BNP say rather than racists, they are racial realists, which is another thing entirely. Basically it's the view that when different races live amongst one another what results is usually social conflict or mistrust, so it's separatism rather than supremacy.

If anyone thinks that hopping from the Greens to the BNP is strange, well, yes it is - but not because Green ideas are the sole intellectual property of the Left. One of the aforementioned ex-Greens has said he thought the BNP had better environmental policies. No one tendency has sole property rights over Greenism. It is a classic example of an ideology that transcends the pigeon-holes of left and right. The GPEW is liberal-Left because it has added liberal-left policies onto its Green philosophy - not because Green philosophy is liberal-left.

A few years ago there was a big to-do in the anarchist scene about 'eco-fascism' - Those dirty fash jumping the bandwagon! - But nationalists have just as much right to claim the Green label - it's not the preserve of the Guardianistas - it is a train of thought based on environmentalism, devolved power and sustainable communities and economies together with an anti-consumerism. It's that and that alone, none of the Leftist add ons. It just as easily doesn't pander to the right's traditional cornerstones particularly, either.

The two ex-greens who defected to the BNP didn't cross that wide a divide, anyway. Remember Norman Tebbit describing the BNP as Socialists? He wasn't that far off the mark. We need to stop pigeon-holing politics and start looking to what works. Green ideas should belong to all anti-globalists and anti-capitalists, no matter what variety.

Greenlanders are now recognised as a separate people under international law and their Kalaallisut language is to gain official status. Although it stops short of full independence, last week's referendum saw Greenland's 57,000 populace gain much greater autonomy from the Danish yoke. On a 71% turnout, 75% voted for change. Greenlanders will now have a greater share of oil revenues plus control over police, courts, coastguard and some foreign affairs.

As a supporter of separatism, secession and decentralisation this author wishes the people of Greenland well and has this message of solidarity: Go out and thrive and prove to the world that small nations can look after themselves.

The Greenland experience is a peaceful story. Not so, sadly, for Kashmir where the on going elections have been met with bloodshed. The Kashmiri separatists are boycotting the poll due the their assertion that the ballot gives India more control over their land. Of course there are historical reasons why Kashmir differs from Greenland, but it's a grim reminder that national liberation is all too often bittersweet.

Two council by-elections on 11th December see the return of two minnows. The National Front in Hillingdon, where, for what it's worth, they seem to be carving out an enclave. While up in North Ayrshire Arthur Scargill's Socialist Labour Party is raising the Red Flag. Don't expect a political earthquake, but the SLP contest is in a former mining area, so maybe the King if Coal can inspire a higher that usual vote for the, basically phantom, SLP.

I've not submitted a Wheel of the Year column for far too long. I'll try and serve up a bumper look at the ol twirling year next time, folks!