Monday, 30 March 2009

Unions go Tribalist?!

It is a tendency of the far-left in Britain to suffer from a vastly inflated sense of their own importance and influence. In recent years this has been best illustrated by the cyclical slap-dash, 'leave it 'till the last minute' approach to electioneering.

However, despite displaying these familiar traits, RMT trade union leader Bob Crow's latest No2EU - Yes to Democracy initiative, which will field candidates in the upcoming European elections, at least contains a modicum of common sense. A small Rubicon (for the modern left) has been crossed - Crow's formation has come out against migrant labour (shock, horror). Supported by the 'National Communist' Communist Party of Britain (the Morning Star lot) No2EU displays a nationalism and protectionism rarely seen on the left nowadays. Opposing what it terms social dumping shows a veneer of the labour 'movement' is breaking free of the abstract 'No Borders' mantra beloved of the Trots and anarcho-left.

Cap'n Bob intends to wind up the grouping following the June 4th Euro poll, which is just as well as they won't exactly set the political scene alight. But maybe this nod to Tribalism will linger on within sections of the Trade Union rank & file (because you could wager the grassroots action that started at Lindsey oil Refinery in February inspired the No2EU social dumping policy) As we saw from the British Wildcats, nationalism & protectionism can strike a chord with ordinary workers. If this is sustained maybe the penny will start to drop for the cultural Marxist union barons.

No doubt Crow will feel the wrath of the uber-liberals over this move, but he must be given credit for putting a dent in the shibboleth of "Internationalism regardless of the consequences!!"

Saturday, 21 March 2009

New English 'Autonomous Nationalist' youth group formed

A new English 'Autonomous Nationalist' youth group has sprung up in a similar mold as the Autonome Nationalisten and Kameradschaften in Germany. They do state however, possibly in recognition of differences in the political cultures of England and Germany, that they will not be going in for the AN style Black Bloc tactic, which shows a logical maturity.

The group - English National Resistance (Young-Radical-Nationalist) display a healthy, level-headed, non-sectarian piecemeal approach to other nationalist groups, along with an exuberance and 'street' identity that remind this author of his younger days in the left-anarchist scene. I wish I had the beliefs I have now back then, but life is a learning curve.

Youth groups with a radical chic are always needed as the more 'grown up', traditional party building, is not the best advert to attract young blood to any cause.

Refreshingly, English National Resistance aim to avoid the dead end of the depressingly familiar spectacle of confrontation with anti-fascists. This is a very welcome attitude that will help get anti-capitalism and anti-globalism out of the ghetto and present a positive alternative.

Some of the websites and groups ENR link to are not this blog's cup of tea, but then some of the links this blog lists don't get my ringing endorsement either!

ENR display a clear anti-capitalist outlook so the potential for co-operation with National Anarchist groups and individuals would appear good. Berrocscir's Banner will follow ENR's progress with interest, not least in the hope that greater numbers of English youth turn against consumerism, rootless celeb culture and liberalism

Monday, 9 March 2009

Dogmatism is soooo last century

This author advocates the breaking down of the Left/Right divide and replacing it with a new pluralistic anti-capitalist/anti-globalist tendency. One which recognises that internationalism and cosmopolitanism are artificial, superfluous, abstract and academic. One that instead promotes the natural tribalism inherent in all the world's peoples. One which understands that real diversity means different cultures best flourish independently of each other rather than among each other, and certainly one that defends this diversity against cultural Marxism, consumerism and the monoculture which has developed out of the global market. Tribalism is natural - it has defined humanity for 99% of its existence.

If you describe yourself as an anti-capitalist/anti-globalist, then sectarianism and ideological purity have to go - they only lead to isolation and irrelevance.

National Anarchists too, should be on guard against traditional anarcho-dogmas: we cannot ignore elections. Elections will not vanish anytime soon. We should concede that elections today are one of the few times most people engage with politics (even for the millions who don't vote, they still engage)So National Anarchists should back those electoral forces who's ideas are closest to our own. It won't hurt if National Anarchists called for a vote for candidates who, at least on paper, oppose capitalism/globalism (even if they are as liberal as your average Sociology Lecturer!) And National Anarchist propaganda should encourage alliance building via electoral blocs.

NA activists should encourage the left to take a long hard look at itself. The New Left in the 1960s killed off the real socialist movement in the 1960s (the 68ers have much to answer for) Why is the left vote so derisory? Is it because the working class suffer from 'false consciousness'? Or is it because they reject internationalism and multiculturalism as the paper tigers they are? It would be a start if the left got back to its roots - defending the worker against the boss class and ending its obsession with PC fascism.

Berrocscir's Banner notes that Russia's National Bolsheviks have recently started sporting a black version of their flag while on their garish demos. Is this a nod to National Anarchism? Are they considering ditching their statism and macro-nationalism? It would certainly be step closer to orthodox NA thought!! In any case, if Limonov's National Bolshevik Party can co-operate with liberals and Leninists as part of the anti-Putin The Other Russia umbrella group, they can work with National Anarchists - Here's to the Grand Alliance.