Saturday, 21 November 2009

Give 'em an airing

As a National Anarchist, your author supports workers anywhere on the globe engaged in struggle with the bosses and when strikes can be fought and won that's great. National Anarchists and nationalists generally should back workers who fight globalisation, casualisation, privatisation, cuts in pay and 'modernisation' (which means erosion of conditions and greater job insecurity) If nationalists are not anti-capitalists they run the risk of siding with reaction. At least in my book.

However, just as capitalism has failed most of humanity, so has socialism. Both form two sides of the same coin. International Marxian socialism is a fable - it is totally alien to the spirit of Man. To buy and sell is to be human. There can be no return to some paleolithic primitive communism - there are too many people these days. We are too far down the road.

So in the absence of any meaningful workers' 'movement' in the UK in 2009, workplace disputes are usually on a hiding to nothing if they are led by the demands of the left. The current Royal Mail dispute is a case in point. Yes, most people don't want what the capitalists have in mind for the future of our postal service, but calls for worker control are just lazy rhetoric. Tub thumping by Marxists and the odd left-anarcho won't save anything.

Class IS important. Along with race, ethnicity and culture it is one of the major fault lines in human society. But that doesn't mean that open class warfare is the solution.
Call me a class collaborator - fine, you can shoot me come the glorious day, but the toilers and producers, at least in the 'developed' world, should look to alternatives to the promised land the left routinely trumpets but never delivers. The class war will be won not when the workers form soviets and smash class rule, they will still be imprisoned by a mass, centralised society. It will be won when they build alternatives to both capitalism and Marxian socialism - Corporatist economies, guilds and co-operatives, Social Credit, Distributist set-ups. These models will lead to the end of the class war - not when the working class triumphs over the ruling class, but when all decide to be producers and have a personal stake in the economy. Forget egalitarian economics - they are incompatible with the human condition. But the 'Third Way' ideas mentioned above can end exploitation - you get out what you put in. Decentralisation of the economy and industry is the starting point.

Of course the models mentioned above are not new, but they have by and large been forgotten. Someone on the British Democracy Forum said recently that these ideals should be dusted down and 'given an airing'. Too true. Corporatism, Distributism, co-ops and guilds are not perfect but they can at the very least be used as guides to finding alternatives to both capitalism and socialism. The wider revolutionary nationalist milieu should not ditch their ideals, but they should avoid merely making propaganda for their national utopia. They should take action to make positive steps towards it, whilst bringing real benefits to their respective tribes in the short to medium term. Taking practical steps to bring about mini-schemes based on the ideas outlined above should be near the top of any National Anarchist's agenda. Revolutionary nationalists within trade unions should argue for corporatist solutions to industrial fistycuffs, most workers will see the logic in it more than Marxist fairy tales.

National Anarchists, revolutionary nationalists and Third Positionists should not focus on economics alone. It's no good transforming the economy, if from a cultural perspective the masses in the western democracies remain wedded to consumerism. Ultimately we need a national rebirth - culturally, socially, politically and economically.

Berrocscir's Banner notes that the English Radical Alliance are recommending Alternative Green - a great little magazine that is overlooked by the revolutionary nationalist milieu. It's under rated and really should have it's own website.