Sunday, 22 February 2009

On the pop in Market North Town

I recently spent a nice day out in Chipping Norton, a fine market town in North West Oxfordshire, just on the edge of the Cotswolds. It's name is Anglo-Saxon meaning Market North Town. As a National Anarchist, its the sort of place that appeals to my own personal interpretation of the ideology. For me National Anarchism implies rural living - and traditional English market towns are I think,the biggest settlements where National Anarchist communities could work. Urban life does not usually imply happiness and large cities tend to smother human nature and spirit. I know other National Anarchists may disagree and if they can make urban based National Autonomous Zones work, then great. For me though I'd tend to go for the homestead, hamlet, village or market town. Here we are closer to nature, we are closer to our ethnic and cultural heritage and identity. We become more like our ancestors, closer to our folk roots and less defined by the state (citizen = city dweller, remember) And with land of our own we can begin to ween ourselves off the globalised economy. We become human beings again, not consumers.

Anyway, Chippy, as locals call it, seemed the sort of place at ease with itself. It was apparent that lots of people knew each other (none of that alienating anonymity you get in cities) and apart from a Somerfields and a Smiths, the place positively oozed its own identity. Needless to say I paid a visit to one or two pubs - well, four in fact - all of which were above average in this pub goer's book (praise indeed, as I have high standards) My personal favourite was the Red Lion (can you get more English than that?)The tiny pub was pleasingly cosy due to a roaring log fire - which, what with it being taters outside, was most welcome. The ale was from Hook Norton Brewery just down the road, a fact alone which was enough to warm this anti-globalist's heart!

A commanding early Victorian Town Hall dominates the market square, where I was pleased to discover an old stone from a long gone cross and pillar from an earlier building had been preserved by the local history group. Local history and civic societies act as guardians of our identities and are worth their weight in gold. National Anarchists should support their work.

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin was largish for the settlement it served, probably partly because it was built on the proceeds of the wool trade of the middle ages. I was not, alas, as keen on it as I was with St Andrew's at Shrivenham in Berkshire when I visited it just before Christmas. It had generations of the same families laying in rest there. How many families in today's industrial-technological complex can claim roots as strong as that? Capitalism causes identity crises, that's a fact!

What I had really come to see in Chippy, however, was the nearby Norman Castle. Only the earthworks of the defences and ramparts remain. If I had just stumbled across it I would have said it was Iron Age. Still, it was impressive: the outer ditch would at least clear your average semi at its height.

What vexed me, however, was that the site was all on private land and could only be viewed from the lane. Furthermore, there was nothing denoting what it was. No plaque with description, no notice, nothing. The castle should ideally be bought by the National Trust with access where appropriate, and have some stone with description or similar. This is English heritage so consequently part of the fabric of a folk, a footnote in the story of a people. But who cares about such reactionary trifles when February is LGBT History Month, eh?

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Greens feel the pinch?

According to their National Elections Officers, the Green Party of England and Wales only currently have 165 confirmed candidates for the next UK General Election, whenever it may be. I know they have a lot on their plate this year - making sure their two MEPs get re-elected, plus hopefully gaining a new one somewhere - probably Rupert Read in the Eastern region. Plus defending and maybe gaining seats at the County and Unitary polls. Also a lot of fire-power will be channelled into their three target constituencies. Despite all this, however, the media will pounce on them if they fail to improve on the 202 seats they fought at the last GE in 2005. I expect this is due to lack of dosh rather than enthusiasm. They need closer to 300 to look credible, not a spent force. The Lab/Lib/Con cabal have already nicked their Green New Deal too, but the Greens should expect this - it part of party politics. The BNP found this out. C'mon Greens, dig deep. Blackmail your mates to come up with a few hundred quid to get a paper candidate, you don't want the BNP outpolling you. Remember Sian Berry's war-cry to get all parliamentary seats covered, it can be done.

Actually, I expect the BNP not to field all that many candidates at the GE, maybe enough to get a broadcast - but most of the money and feet will go into places like Barking where they could actually win.

It was a case of two steps forward, unfortunately one back, I'm afraid, for all of the disparate forces of anti-globalism, National Anarchists, regionalists and traditionalists last week, when the Swiss seemingly went against their usually healthy tribalist and isolationist instincts. The Swiss, always a nation I have held up as some sort of tribal utopia (anti-EU, anti-NATO, decentralised political life) have just voted to let more EU foreign labour in.

THE WRONG ANSWER. A Swiss Peoples Party spokesman said the yes vote was down to 'propaganda'. Somehow I think he's right. It makes you want to fingerwag the Swiss and tell them to have another poll so they get it right this time. I suppose we all (and I know I am) are fickle when we get in that polling booth. But how can the Swiss vote for the anti-immigrant SVP, then vote to let in all the migrants? Is it because they thought "well, we could do with them for a while, they'll all go back next year, they'll do the work our underclass are too idle to do"? Maybe. But they should know, the English thought that about the Poles and now they have their own shops!

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Support the British Wildcats!

All anti-globalists should have supported last week's wildcat strikes against the European Union, multinationals and foreign labour. Check out the website of those inspirational British Wildcats!

They have bought to the public's attention the real cost that 'free' trade and globalisation have on local communities and their right to their own identity. We have not seen secondary action in England on this scale for decades, and although it is primarily an economic struggle, it is heartening to see workers acting on a national basis.

Are we witnessing the birth of a grassroots campaign that heralds the beginning of a new nationalistic workers' movement that is free from the straightjacket of Union led cultural Marxism? A folk-based socialism? We must not hold our breath, but perhaps the British Wildcats will become the trailblazers of something better to come: economies that can be self reliant, localised and worker led. No longer under the heel of reckless, rudderless internationalism and neo-liberalism.

Of course, as any leftist will tell you, there is no such thing as 'the national interest' - the conflicting and antagonistic nature of class society is testament to that. But this doesn't mean the alternative must always be a textbook, uniform proletarian one-worldism. That is academic mumbo-jumbo. Certainly, workers from different cultures and nations can and should unite on points of common interest. But to suggest they all morph into a homogeneous, monocultural mass is superfluous, artificial and frankly callous. The World's working class were created by capitalism, but their different identities are lot more than merely economic, their physical and cultural DNA goes back a lot further. All social change should be a natural process - i.e. tribal in essence, politically, economically, socially, culturally and spiritually - this is the human condition.

The Brit left was split this week in it's response to the strikes. The SWP and a couple of smaller Trot groups predictably foamed at the mouth. However, to their credit, the Morning Star's Communist Party of Britain (who have always been 'National Communist') the Weekly Worker's Communist Party of Great Britain and the Socialist Party (ex-Militant)who had a member on one of the strike committees, all gave their customary 'critical support' This is to be applauded. National Anarchists and other serious anti-globalists should always try to reach out to the more receptive and non-sectarian leftists.

The Weekly Worker, in my opinion the only left paper worth reading, described some aspects of the strike as 'chauvinist'. Well, yes - it's called being human, part of our condition even after the prevailing liberalism in the West since World War II. By denying people's natural identity the leftists side with the Globalisers, complicit in the latter's de facto cultural-cleansing and new-imperialism. This is not only true of the hard Marxist left, but also of the liberal-Left - in positions of power in increasing numbers.

So, the strikes were about jobs, but they also revealed the sleeping giant of tribalist instinct. A tribalism that can provide a positive input into anti-globalism. You can change your socio-economic position (or have it changed for you)but you can't change your genes. Why are the left so scared of this?! They support National Liberation movements, but deny tribalism to the 'emancipated'.

So, it's a victory of sorts to the Wildcats. They stood up to the globalist agenda and won a compromise - something the English are very good at! Good luck to them all...Nationalist Worker, anyone?