Sunday, 26 December 2010

A steady state society

The human brain evidently evolved to commit itself emotionally only to a small piece of geography, a limited band of kinsman, and two or three generations into the future
                               -Edward O. Wilson, The Future of Life

Berrocscir calling...Berrocscir calling...

First off, Yuletide greetings to National Anarchists everywhere - both those in the networks and the lone wolves. May your work for the NA cause bear fruit in 2011.

I also extend the hand of friendship in solidarity to the autonomous nationalists, particularly the UK based comrades, and I hope the coming year will be one of progress for your movement. It is also my wish that the years ahead will see much co-operation between ANs and NAs.

Another hope for next year is the advancement of the UK based Pioneer Little Europe project. News recently reached Berrocscir Towers (well, okay, via yours truly lurking around a popular nationalist Internet forum... well, we all do it!) that  a group of nationalist activists from different backgrounds have held camps over the past year to prepare for a PLE in the north of England. A US import, the idea of the PLE  is to establish intentional nationalist communities living and working as independently as possible from the New World Order. Apparently land up north has already been acquired toward this goal. A very exciting prospect and one that all radical nationalists should monitor.

I've added a couple of  sites to the links section (left hand column): Firstly the very commendable Third Way Think Tank and secondly the equally useful Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. Certainly, steady  state economies are something most anti-globalists would agree are desirable, but radical nationalists can take this concept a step further, extending it to include society and culture at large. Globalism, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism - these are causing society to fracture, suffer identity crises and to lose the moral compass. Without common purpose societies themselves become unsustainable. We need steady states socially and culturally as well as economically.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Mountain folk must decide

The current Sino-Indian military standoff in the far North East Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh shows how two aspiring empires can both be wrong.

The peoples of that region, their identities, destinies and wealth are not to be fought over by two emerging neo-imperialisms. Beijing cannot play the victim: Arunachal's neighbour is Tibet, not China. India should recognise that its borders have their origins in the Raj.

Arunachal Pradesh (meaning land of the dawn lit mountains) is home to two dozen animist tribes, nearly as many Buddhist ones, and also a handful of Hindu ethnic groups. All are distinct from one another as they are as worthy as each other. They can determine their own futures both independently from each other and certainly from macro-ethnic, multicultural supra-states.

Although, at least, India's internal geopolitical system does include several semi-autonomous regions, the list does not include Aranachal Pradesh. Its peoples do not deserve Indian troops swarming over their lands.

Huge political entities like India are creaking under their own contradictions. The Kashmiri story is one of many. In China it is the same. National Anarchists and radical nationalists recognise that societies work best when they are a cohesive, organic whole...That is, when they are TRIBAL. Multicultural, multi-ethnic societies lack common identities, aims and aspirations. With many different voices shouting for themselves multicultural societies lack a moral compass and stagger forward with no common goal.

As both India and China grow into neo-liberal global super powers, so their respective artificial supra-nationalisms will emerge. This can only threaten swathes of diverse and beautiful human cultures, within a wider global new world order.

National Anarchist arguments are needed nowhere more in 2010 than in Arunachal Pradesh.

Monday, 15 November 2010

A very English experiment

Further to this blog's post of  the 19th September , the English Unity Committee has quickly morphed into the English People's Party which will be officially launched this coming Saturday ( St Edmund's Day )

The EPP is an attempt to forge (tactical?) unity between ethno and so-called 'civic' nationalists in order to pursue shared common goals...

Now if you take some dictionary definition, 'civic-nationalism' would involve the state as some sort of rallying point. This is to make the ever-popular misassumption  that the nation has something to do with the state. Of course National Anarchists and their Tribalist allies interpret 'civic' nationalism as an extension of cultural Marxism. It has been a  semi-conscious internationalist rearguard action from the the time of the New Left and its subsequent antecedents, which  has been partially successful in tackling the Tribalist instinct and ethnic loyalty.

That said, there are liberals around who genuinely wish to see an independent England, both from the UK and the EU. For this reason those ethno-nationalists involved in the EPP project should be applauded. The principal of unity in diversity is one Berrocscir's Banner wholeheartedly promotes.

The reality of English independence from the UK and the EU would be an incredible victory for all tendencies opposed to the global New World Order. It remains to be seen how the EPP 'experiment' will develop. Berrocscir's Banner is in no way proud to push a 'glass half empty' view about any new initiative, but in this case it remains guarded: the liberal-fascist urge is an obstinate one (you see, they really do believe in what they are doing) However, if the EPP endures it will prove that the 'unity in diversity' tactic can indeed work. Often, for National Anarchists and our allies in these dark times, it's a case of softly, softly catchy monkey.

If nothing else the EPP project at least hints at  a bit of soul searching by some within the civic camp...We'll see

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Diversity is strength

The real advantage of the National Anarchist worldview is that it overlaps and is compatible with so many other anti-capitalist tendencies. It has similarities with strains of nationalism, socialism, national liberation, the Third Position, the regionalists and localists, the distributionists and advocates of Social Credit, the agrarians and back-to-the-land types, the deep ecologists and greens. Yet National Anarchism does not seek to dominate the anti-globalist movement. National Anarchists recognise that unity in diversity is the key when looking to challenge the New World Order. National Anarchists do not seek to coerce others. Is it not a little fanciful to expect the multi-culturalists and dyed-in-the wool liberals to throw in the towel? If people want to live in multi-cultural communities, leave them to it. It would be a waste of time trying to convince the socially liberal of the tribalist message (at least as a movement - National Anarchists might have more luck on an individual basis!) And although liberal/red-fascism is rife within the leftist mindset - well, two wrongs don't make a right.

By the same token, it is unlikely and undesirable that National Anarchists will ever come to dominate the nationalist/tribalist wing of the anti-capitalist/globalist movement. National Anarchism is anti-totalitarian and recognises that diverse movements are the product of the diverse world we seek to preserve.

Following on from this, National Anarchism has the potential to become a guiding principal of influence over the nationalist and tribalist milieu, and certainly National Anarchists can work alongside and within all anti-globalist currents - if they will have us. We need a plurality - it is essential if we want progress and results. Ideological purity is a luxury we cannot afford - diversity is strength.

Expanding on this theme Berrocscir's Banner believes National Anarchism is close to the autonomous nationalist movement - there are several similarities despite the latter's statism. Both share anti-imperialist and anti-consumerist principals and both are interested in building intentional communities and/or counter-cultural networks which can facilitate an independent tribalist lifestyle in line with our ideals. And with regard to the European diaspora, National Anarchists might also find common ground with the Metal/industrial music sub-culture. Directing NA propaganda at this youth movement may prove fruitful: It is naturally tribalistic, 99.9% European and it is big on the history, identity, heritage and symbolism of our collective ancestry.

And, in Europe at least, National Anarchists should look to the countryside as a fertile area for growth. The village and the market town are generally more socially conservative and traditionalist. Their people tend to have a stronger sense of identity and place than urbanites, and have a greater tribalist instinct, self-reliance, independence and autonomy. Rural populations tend to be predominately mono-ethnic and mono-cultural, while the cities are increasingly the preserve of multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and are generally socially  liberal. There is more promise in National Anarchism finding a positive audience in rural areas than in the metropolis.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Cut consumerism!

In the UK next week the details of the new government's public spending cuts will be announced, no doubt to much uproar from everyone from the hard-left to the centre-right. But what should be the National Anarchist response? We should understand the anger: many, including the most vulnerable will suffer through no fault of their own. But the latest economic crisis presents National Anarchists and other radical nationalists with an opportunity. The real problem is not the fat cats, but the UNPARALLELLED CONSUMERISM  that afflicts those of us residing in the so-called 'advanced' capitalist countries.
Okay - we can't turn the clock back or wave a magic wand to usher forth some golden pastoral age. But what we can do is develop (or borrow!) anti-industrial/technological/consumerist critiques and incorporate them into our tribalist message and propaganda. National Anarchists and our allies can also do what the Left anarchists and Marxists show reluctance to: expose the welfare state as the servile state (with thanks to Hilaire Belloc) One which creates dependence and obedience. Leftists often claim that the public sector was hard won by the struggles of working people. Not really. Social welfare was created through the new social democratic elite, partly out of genuine altruism, partly out of social engineering.

National Anarchists can also point out that present crash is due in large part to GLOBALISATION and we should argue for protectionism, self-sufficiency and economic and social autarky in line with our tribalist worldview. Radical nationalists in general can also promote a positive alternative - one that encourages genuine social solidarity that can rest easily within the tribalist case: We can argue for self-organisation within our local communities based on the Friendly Societies of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A time when people planned their own welfare and took responsibility for themselves. Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents lived in stronger socially cohesive communities with a stronger sense of identity and solidarity as a consequence of this independence. Another nationalist strategy can also be to promote and support the voluntary sector - The Tories' Big Society idea should really be the preserve of us radical nationalists! The trouble is, decades of being looked after from 'cradle to grave' has made the idea of self-help and self-reliance look scary to many people. All we can do is work in our respective tribes to encourage the rejection of consumerism and reliance on the state. This can help in its own small way towards the cultural rebirth necessary for eventual National Revolution - the long term goal of all shades of radical nationalist.

Monday, 4 October 2010

The plough over all

Despite big gains for both the pro-globalisation centre-left and centre-right in Saturday's Latvian parliamentary elections, the Latvian Farmers' Union (as part of an electoral pact with the Latvian Greens) made some progress, gaining 22 seats - up six from the last ballot in 2006, or 19% of the vote. The LFU (Latvijas Zemnieku savienÄ«ba) has an ideology and programme based on Agrarianism in particular its Nordic variant.

The agrarian philosophy is something that National Anarchist and other radical nationalist/tribalist currents can learn a great deal from. The rural ideal, since the 1960s, has gained a growing popular appeal in the West, as people increasingly see the urban way of life as not all what it is cracked up to be. All political movements need something positive to espouse and the radical nationalist current, I believe, can only benefit from embracing an Agrarian shade. After all, what is a tribe without the land? The progress of the LFU in Latvia should be welcomed by all sincere anti-globalists - and well done to the Latvian Greens for their co-operation. If only other Green Parties were as non-dogmatic.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

National-Anarchist Movement launched

The UK Based National-Anarchist Movement was launched a couple of weeks back. Its proposed structure and modus operandi appear similar to the National Revolutionary Faction which was active for a while around a decade ago, and was highly influential on your editor. NRF writings played a big part in weening me away from left-anarcho, internationalist mindsets and were a significant factor in my eventual conversion to National Anarchism and allied currents.

Berrocscir's Banner wishes the N-AM all the very best. I have the upmost admiration for those comrades who go out in the world and actively promote NA and work on projects to make its message a reality. I remain sceptical that the N-AM will grow into something resembling a mass movement (This blog remains an advocate of spreading NA propaganda and ideas through the wider nationalist, Green and anti-capitalist scenes in the UK for the foreseeable future) But NOTHING will bring a smile to this old cynic's face more than if the N-AM grows and spreads its influence. Look at what the Bay Area National Anarchists (see links) have achieved in the States in such a short space of time. Here's hoping the founders of N-AM make the same kind of waves in the UK

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Alliance building is essential

The formation of the English Unity Committee is a chance for common ground for 'ethnic' and 'civic' nationalists to work together around shared core principles. Eddy Butler was right to say thee is no nationalism except ethno-nationalism - it's a phrase that should not exist. All that 'civic' nationalism represents is an extension of cultural Marxism. It is the result of a process whereby Leftists in the establishment, through their 'long march through the institutions' try to reinvent patriotic and tribalist sentiments within a liberal mindset. Of course, 'civic' nationalism is nonsense. If I in my white skin moved to Delhi to work, paid taxes to the Indian state and adopted an Indian lifestyle and even 'felt' Indian - would the natives see me as so? Would they 'eck! Biology plays a part.

However the EUC is an opportunity for radical nationalists and tribalists to work with others to bring the break down of the UK state and EU a little bit closer. This is something National Anarchists could welcome for good reason: the break down of political units makes the global elite's job that little bit harder. More and more states having some degree of control over their own destinies helps set up more obstacles to the globalist project. Obviously National Anarchists advocate ever smaller political units - possibly autonomous communities, federations of regions - that kind of thing. But in the meantime an independent England is in all radical nationalists' interest - as well as hopefully triggering an English cultural rebirth! If we have common goals with others who we might have huge differences with, we should always try to put them aside if together we can get somewhere worthwhile and it's in our short/medium/long-term interests. That is why all shades of radical nationalists should support the green movement. Apart from our shared environmentalism we also share an opposition to materialism, consumerism, capitalism. We can excuse their love affair with left-liberalism if and when their actions help our cause. The National Anarchist approach to alliance building is well worth reading here.

Swedes go to the polls today and watching Russia Today this morning ol' Berrocscir saw a report predicting 7% support for the nationalist Swedish Democrats, a figure which will give them 26 seats in the Riksdag. The political establishment will refuse to work with them, but hopefully a good show from the SDs will prompt a favourable shift in Swedish politics. Good luck to the SDs and the smaller National Democrats! Hopefully Saga, the lovely Swedish nationalist singer, will have something to sing about tomorrow!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Blood over water

Back when the world was young, a favourite maxim of yours truly was class war, not race war - but these days I'm not overly interested in either. Even so, the old 'class or race' chestnut continues to rage between the 'Left' and 'Right', but is it just another red herring?

Of course, some radical nationalists argue for both: The autonomous nationalists, inspired by the Strasserites, advocate national revolution based on the working class. Radical nationalists and tribalists should undoubtedly support the autonomous nationalists for their dynamism and as allies against globalism and for tribal identity against cosmopolitanism. But won't future battles be drawn less along class lines but increasingly along those of tribal identity? Certainly, class is a major factor in society, but the trend in the UK and elsewhere is towards a diminishing political role for the working class.

The Left (and some nationalists) have a tendency to canonise the working class as the chosen people, an indestructible force. But nowadays, at least in the post-industrial west - the working class has become blurred and suffers from identity crises, its self-consciousness vague, transient and abstract. Class solidarity is fleeting, momentarily flaring up now and then like bush fires through history, before soon burning out. If class stands on shifting sands in a state of flux, then race, ethnicity, heritage, culture, tradition and folk myth surely stand on more solid foundations. These are organic features that have been around a lot longer - much better cornerstones to rely on in the face of global capitalism. These concepts stir up genuine loyalties in people, leaving class as an academic afterthought.

The 'working class' in the 'advanced' western democracies look increasingly unlikely to make a comeback - they are, in a general sense, just too well off to care. Bloated by affluenza, all their potential rebelliousness has been neutered by consumerism. Sure, in the UK the imminent public spending cuts will result in mini skirmishes, cries of disdain, marching up and down and increased paper sales! But they'll be no shift in the prevailing political culture - the neo-liberal agenda will continue.

Global capitalism has damaged national identity at the expense of an ever-growing bland cosmopolitanism. But ask a sample of heads where they are within the class system and there will be a lot more chin rubbing than if you asked them to comment on their racial/ethnic/national identity. Feelings of tribal loyalty and patriotism naturally hit a common nerve in people, not because they suffer from a false consciousness, duped and divided by the ruling class into accepting bourgeois attitudes and thereby ensure the smooth running of the bosses set up. These feelings occur naturally in all human beings because we ARE DIFFERENT. We feel closer to those that look and sound and act like ourselves. Most of us prefer to associate with, play and procreate with, our own kind - our own tribes. Tribes tend to self-segregate from those who don't share common traits. This is not 'good' or 'bad' its just how things are.

Capitalism will not leave the stage through the class struggle and the dawn of communism - those of us who are fed up with it stand more of a chance of damaging it by developing the Third Way and a new corporatist and/or distributist order. These models encourage a common national interest (an organic, genuine national interest - not the Daily Mail variety!) in place of the sectional, antagonistic and fractious interests that dominate capitalist economies and societies. A rocky road it will be - history doesn't do smooth transitions! Still, tribalists and radical nationalists can promote Third Way economic models as their success will result in a unified, single, genuine national solidarity - meritocratic and socially just. It will render the class war (and the class system) redundant. Truly national economies will not try to suffocate the competitive urge as Marxism et al does. Rather it will will keep it in check while nurturing national rebirth.

What are the real battle lines today? They are nationalism versus internationalism, cosmopolitanism versus tribalism. The real rebels are those who fight for national identity against the global village. For radical nationalists, socialism means social cohesion, national solidarity. Why this folkish socialism? Because the Left's promotion of international class solidarity is ludicrous! Human beings are not defined by economics alone. For the Left, man is reduced to Homo Economicus - a blank sheet to draw on. But human beings are a lot more complicated. The only factor uniting the world proletariat is their (relative) economic position, but so much more divides them and this need not be a problem. Common ancestry, custom, culture, roots and heritage - these make up the real social glue in human societies and bind them together in tribes. They transcend class boundaries and are cemented in time and place. The human sense of place is as old as the hills (even the Communist regimes understood this) Against the class model it wins every time. It's blood over water.

Because our common tribal origins stretch back into unrecorded time, our history effects us all. A nation has a shared heritage influencing all social strata. History is not partisan - it overlaps and it molds a people organically out of their ancestral lands. The English for example, are just as much products of the crusades, Magna Carta and the break with Rome as they are by 1381, the Levellers, Diggers and Chartists. So yes comrades, in a meaningful sense an English dustman does have more in common with ALL of his ethnic kin, than he does with a road sweeper in Soweto (and vice versa). Of course, in capitalist society there is no national interest - the class system with all its vested interests, dictates otherwise. But a post-capitalist world with just bland cultural sameness? No thanks.

We don't need class warriors - we need pioneers for tribalism and the Third Way, whatever their social background. These pioneers won't try to smash the system head on - they will fail if they do. They will stand a chance of succeeding if they turn their backs on it and create alternatives outside of it.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Every little helps...

Berrocscir's Banner notes the passing of Hope Bourne, a remarkable lady who lived off £100 a year. Hope's way of life can teach radical nationalists a thing or two about how to get on with minimal interference from the global, consumerist mega-machine.

As a cowering nine-to-five drone, your editor does at least try to fight back in little ways as should every tribalist stuck in the rat race. Those of us without the time or space for an allotment or homestead-like arrangement can always look to the next best thing. We can look into the possibility of buying fresh, organic produce from friends, neighbours and colleagues. I keep badgering a colleague of mine who keeps hens to sell me half a dozen eggs a week - he keeps forgetting, but hopefully he'll get in the habit one day! Us radical nationalists can also support our local farmers markets instead of the supermarkets. By adopting simple practices like these we can cut out the middle man, and go some way to help create distributist economies and begin keeping our money within our communities and selective tribes. Even doing what I do - buying all your clothing from car boot sales and charity shops, make you that little bit more independent of the system (I draw the line at underwear, I get these from market traders!) You can pick up some great gear too - I recently nabbed a fine Crombie overcoat for a tenner at the local car boot...

I always take a packed lunch and a flask to work - even gestures like this mean less money going to the corporations and chains. All these examples are little victories for us tribalists in a troubled world. I'm also aiming to buy nothing for one day a week. As they say: Every little helps.

The links section on this 'ere weblog has been revamped and includes the wikipedia article on National Anarchism. As someone who is happy with the label I have no real real problem with it apart from the passage As a prelude to a racial civil war... in the intro. Now, I'm not so naive to deny that the road to a National Anarchist nirvana will not involve a bit of a bumpy ride, shall we say. But what is being suggested here? Race riots, racial attacks and pogroms? Ethnic cleansing? The Turner Diaries? No, call me a peacenik, but none of that grabs me. Anyway, National Anarchism for me is more of an aspiration and a philosophy than a concrete political programme. For me it is the ideal of stateless, technologically indifferent or regressive, mono-cultural/ethnic communities. In addition, I have no moral objection to social hierarchy per se - provided it is meritocratic, imbued with a sense of justice, and works for the common good of the folk community. So I'm only an anarchist in the sense that my ideals do not involve state structures. I'm not into equality for equality's sake like leftist/workerist anarchists. Furthermore, while I'm NA at heart I reserve the right to support statist ideologies like Corporatism, or give the nod to other radical nationalist political movements that seek to weild state power.

Seriously challenging the globalist elites when aiming for a tribalist world will be no picnic, but a collective tribalist/radical nationalist/National Anarchist voice must present a positive message and talk of racial war certainly isn't one.

Talking of state structures, the people of christian Southern Sudan will gt the right to vote in a referendum on whether to secede from the Muslim north. Radical nationalists should hope they go for it. The breaking up of states along cultural lines is a small but significant step towards tribalist hegemony.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Sing as we go

Okay, I admit it - I'm weak. For several years I've entertained a whimsical fancy to "Get rid of the telly" and thereby live free of the system's anaesthetic bile...but I haven't - yet. Trouble is every time I get the 'telly-free' urge, the BBC go and surpass themselves. This time, as well as the excellent Normans, we are now treated to Secret Britain on Sunday nights, which looks set to be well worth sitting down for. Last night's debut included a piece about sunken lanes - English icons if ever there were such things. If strolling down one of these in high summer fails to connect an Englishman to his folkish past, he might as well pack up and move to Morocco.

What really brought a warm smile to your editor's face however, was the piece on Ed and Will - two inexhaustible walkers who sing (with the listener's permission!) lovely old English folk duets (with great harmonies!) Last night's footage included some great footage of the lads entertaining some unsuspecting souls at a bus stop. I don't know how they earn a living but hat's of to 'em both. The obvious passion these lads have for the songs and their performance is the living embodiment of the folk tradition. The way they spoke with reverence about our collective folkish past and our ancestors could warm any tribalist's heart.

Now these boys may or may not view and interpret the world in the same mould as this 'ere blog but BRAVO Ed and Will - you share a love of place, at least, with Berrocscir's Banner.

Catch the show here. The sunken lanes are 28 mins in and Ed and Will follow at 38 mins. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The Sun shines bright in Leintwardine

Our regular reader may remember the post from last year regarding The Sun pub at Leintwardine, Herefordshire. Back then the pub's future looked uncertain following the passing of Flossie Lane, the landlady of 74 years.

Okay, Berrocscir's Banner won't be winning any awards for breaking headlines, but your editor was delighted to receive the belated news that this gem of an English 'parlour pub' faces a secure future after villagers got together to run it as a going concern ( Hey, this is the Big Society, folks!)

If only all our boozers could boast authentic folk identities like The Sun. Best wishes to the new proprietors/licensees - please just avoid SkySports, Karaoke and Thai menus!

The BBC also ran the story and the pub's own site is here.

Monday, 14 June 2010

A mixed bag

On the back of Geert Wilder's nationalist Dutch Freedom Party on the verge of government last week, surely it can only be a matter of time before the artificial Belgian state falls into history and the Flemish and Walloons can follow their destinies into their ethnic homelands. In yesteday's Belgian parliamentary elections the New Flemish Alliance (Niew-Vlaams Alliante) - a centre-right 'civic-nationalist' grouping became the largest party, grabbing 27 seats.

However, if the end result is and autonomous Flanders and Wallonia or a Greater Netherlands (as some Flems want) and a Wallonian union with France, it will be a Pyrrhic victory for secessionists, decentralists and autonomists if these fledgling homelands remain shackled to the EU!

It was a bad night for the ethno-nationalist (that is true nationalism) Vlaams Belang seeing its parliamentary representation down to 12 seats from 17 with 500,000 votes down from 800,000. However the VB's record displays a certain bouncebackability!

Over in Slovakia on Saturday the nationalist Slovak National Party had it a bit tough in the elections to the country's National Council. It lost 11 seats to end up with nine, with a vote of 128,000. Meanwhile, the Most-Hid party, which seeks to represent the interests of Slovkia's half a million strong, mainly southern based Hungarian minority (the result of early 20th century carve ups) accrued 205,000 votes, eclipsing a long established rival Hungarian grouping. For this they were rewarded with 14 seats.

Although Most-Hid do not seek union with the Hungarian Motherland, or full secession from Slovkia - this strong showing points the way for greater autonomy in the future for this ethnic group. Maybe in the not too distant future a movement for full Hungarian sovereignty will develop in this part of the world.

Tribalists do no want to see ethnic violence anywhere at any time. But as tribalism is based on natural human instinct and is ingrained in all peoples, it is sometimes manifested as red in tooth and claw. The current ethnic strife in Kyrgyzstan, which has resulted in tragedy for both the Kyrgys and the Uzbek minority, can only ultimately be rectified by autonomy and self-determination for the Uzbeks. As the Uzbeks are based mainly in the south, one remedy could be found in semi-autonomy here leading to (if popular will is behind it) eventual union with neighbouring Uzbekistan. Good fences make for good neighbours.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

New Dumnonia Rising?

It might turn out to be a phantom organisation confined to the web, but if it proves an active entity, then the newly formed Regionalist Front of Dumnonia will be worth watching.

A couple of concerns though: Is there actually room for a Dumnonian identity? Cornish self-awareness is light years ahead - it's doubtful Cornish nationalists/regionalists feel the need for closer alignment with their Devonian neighbours. There is also a growing Wessex consciousness which lays claim to the Dumnonian north. And certainly in recent years we have witnessed a nascent 'modern' Devonian identity, not least with the popularity of the new Flag of Devon. Do Devon folk feel part of a greater regional identity (other than a vague 'West Country' consciousness) or are they comfortable with their own shire? Probably the latter.

Has a Dumnonian consciousness lingered on? Probably not. While Berrocscir's Banner is all in favour of cultural revival, it must be based on something tangible. Is not a Dumnonian identity a step too far? The concept of Dumnonia feels like a left over from the romantic 18th and 19th century love affair with all things Celtic and the Celtic revivalism which swept Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Certainly, many place names in Devon have Brythonic roots, but so do others elsewhere. Berkshire's (Berrocscir) name is Celtic in origin - does that make it not English?

RFoD's claim of a high proportion of Brythonic DNA in the region may be so, but DNA alone does not an identity make. Language, custom, art, folklore and collective consciousness - where is the Dumnonian variety? In Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories novels, our hero Uhtred sometimes refers to the 'old people' who built the hill forts and henges, a long gone tribe. Dumnonia belongs to them, and although modern tribalists should honour and revere them deeply, their world is passed. Should not advocates of regionalism seek to safeguard the cultures that are alive in collective folk consciousness, memory and myth? These are worth fighting for, not the ashes of old.

Dumnonian/Brythonic DNA is alive and widespread - something to be grateful for, but the old Kingdom's heart has disappeared.

All this said, if a new popular appeal for a regional identity based on the Dumnonian brand does take hold, then all regionalists and lovers of true diversity should accept and celebrate it. The 'new' Dumnonians, although somewhat contrived, would constitute at least, a neo-tribe, proudly defying the internationalist tide. If RFoD works toward this then who are others to argue?

It was heartwarming to see the English defy the bureaucrats and continue to assert their sense of fun, custom and identity, by going ahead with the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill, despite the health & safety fascists, last week. This Whitsuntide tradition will not be risk-assessed!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Apply the breaks

Frederick Engels once wrote that human beings are a revolutionary species. He had a point. Clearly, we have travelled a long way in the last 10,000 years or so. Marxism is very good at interpreting history - obviously something clicked to trigger the neolithic revolution. We were happily hunting and gathering for hundreds of thousands of years, then, in the space of 10,000 we've gone to the moon. Things have been speeding up: we were stone age farmers for approx. 8,000 years, then master smiths for a couple of thousand. For a mere 1,000 years we were Lord and Serf, and, for no more than 300 years, we've been something like bourgeois and proletarian.

There is a pattern here - things are developing rapidly, becoming unstable, unsustainable, and something has got to give. Over the next century food and water supplies will pose a huge problem and we cannot rely on technology to save the day. Indeed, technology is part of the problem. The growth of technology has facilitated the growth of consumerism and the rootlessness that goes with it. Modern consumerism is suffocating the human spirit - natural tribal and national instincts are fading into an almost forgotten background. The much praised 'global village', made possible by technological 'advance', coupled with the triumph of materialism has been partly responsible for modern man's current identity crisis. It has helped in moving him away from his family of folk and locale, toward the false identity of class or whatever the current one-world fancy.

We need to apply the brakes. But how?

Radical tribalists, anti-globalists and nationalists should champion and nurture movements and trends which advocate a regressive steady state and the simple life, for which there is certainly a growing popular appeal. Strategies to work toward this should come through working within political parties, green consumer groups, the slow food movement, co-ops and self-help groups, tribal initiatives within our communities and back-to-the-land projects. We should not seek to overthrow anything, dream on. When the crash does happen (no empires are eternal) the alternatives, the networks, the projects, the neo-tribes should already be in place. All the work of those who could see it coming.

Monday, 3 May 2010

For tribal self-determination

This blog offers its guarded support to ALL regionalist movements near and far. This is because political devolution and decentralisation are part of the process towards a post-global world where national, regional and local identities can once again claim their rightful place as the authentic, true expressions of humanity - in stark opposition to the soulless, lifeless, clone, consumerist, cosmopolitan and artificial mindset that is so evident today.

A worringing trend, however, is increasingly driving regionalist movements in Europe and beyond: It is one with a decidedly Leftist* one-world hue. Born out of the Marxist takeover of national liberation and anti-imperialist movements, Leftism crept into nationalist thought in the post-war years. Just as the 'right' has sometimes been accused of stealing socialist clothing, the Left attempts to subvert conflicting ideology when unable to successfully discredit it with standard internationalism. This has resulted in the phenomenon of Left-nationalism which played a part in the rise of the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and Sinn Fein (now firmly on the reformist wing of the Left, these group were not always so) Left- nationalism has extended further afield from the Basques to Kurdish nationalism. In the UK the normalisation of Left-nationalism has led in turn to the emergence and acceptance of Left-regionalism. This is evident from the phony EU zones and regional development agencies (granted from on high by the elites) through to the social liberalism of groups like Mebyon Kernow and the Wessex Regionalists. These espouse legitimate demands for regional identity, economies and politics, yet remain wedded to a liberal europhilia and PC civic identities, instead of organic, historic ethno ones.

In the UK, regionalism from the kind advocated by the Greens to Mebyon Kernow is dominated by the Leftist creed. But a space exists for a more conservative and tribal regionalism. As has been argued here before, the resistance to globalism must be a diverse and pluralistic one - In Cornwall/Kernow at this week's General Election we will see a consevative regionalist Cornish Democrats candidate. MK may or may not be concerned, but what are General Elections for if not some gratuitous vote splitting?! Newly registered, who knows if the CornishDems will go the distance? Despite their forelock-tugging monarchism, at least they dare to promote their Brythonic ethnic identity and are against the EU that MK are so enamoured with. We'll see...
Regionalist movements are essential to the tribalist opposition, but only if they genuinely stand on their own two feet and do not let themselves become mere auxiliaries to mass ideologies.

*Berrocscir's Banner differentiates between 'Leftism' and socialism.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Green Corporate State?

An article in the current issue of Green World, the Green Party's official mag - Time for Economic Democracy - caught your editor's attention recently. Without wishing to cast aspersions, and recognising that the Greens would dispute it, Berrocscir couldn't help thinking that a significant corporatist strain is evident within current Green economic thought.

Corporatist ideas were a major ingredient in fascist Italy and were a cornerstone of the British Union of Fascists (Alexander Raven Thomson, a chief BUF philosopher and one time Communist, penned The Coming Corporate State in 1938)

Anyway the following passage from the Green World article was telling:

...the boards of all public and private enterprises with 50 or more employees to establish equal representation and joint control between management and elected staff representatives. Under an independent chairperson acceptable to both sides, these boards will have full access to all corporate information and the final say over all corporate decisions, including investment, technology, staffing, wages, pensions and so on. This system of co-determination would produce a major extension in workplace democracy. It would shift the balance of economic power; constraining the remit of capital and expanding the influence of employees.

This sounds pretty corporatist to me.

Of course the great mass of Green Party members would distance themselves from any similarity between themselves and the fascism of yesteryear, but the point must be made that, in practice, the 'Left' and 'Right' can often overlap and ending this false divide is central to a new anti-globalism for the 21st century. Those who would banish the current world set-up are often not so different.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

A grubby utopia

Back in the early 90s a fresh faced Berrocscir picked up a copy of Richard Hunt's 1976 primer The Natural Society - A basis for Green Anarchism. It had a lasting effect...Hunt's economic and social theories should be of interest to National Anarchists and other radical nationalists. His writings certainly played no small part in moving your editor away from Leftism/Internationalism/mass economies. The mag that he later edited, Alternative Green, help me on the road to the the tribalistic nationalism I now espouse.

Unfortunately, ahem, I misplaced my copy years ago, but I discovered recently that some kind soul has scanned a copy here. Obviously, Hunt's material throws up more questions than answers, but his theories at least point to the kind of life where tribalism can flower.

An interview with Richard Hunt is available here and more stuff can be found on the NA Synthesis site.

In case no one's noticed we have a General Election coming up. For political nerds like your editor, elections are a time to be on the look out for whoever creeps out of the woodwork. As a passionate advocate of regionalism, and as a proud Wessexman, Berrocscir is positively delighted that the Wessex Regionalists are intending to stand a candidate, possibly in David Cameron's Witney seat. What with the Chancellor's recent attack on cider drinkers, lets hope they manage more than the 83 votes they picked up in Dorset South last time around!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

From the gut - not a book

National Communism was the belief that emerged after World War II and held that the so-called workers or socialist states of Eastern Europe and elsewhere should follow a distinct national road to socialism - not an alien model imported from outside (ie the USSR). This was in order that the ruling Communist elites would thereby gain legitimacy in the eyes of the people they governed. Respective Communist parties played up pre-existing national identities, heroes, histories and myths in order to satisfy the people's natural anti-Imperialism, tribalism and cultural identity. For example, in the GDR the Communist Party made great play of glorifying Richard Wagner and Frederick the Great.

The experience of National Communism is very telling - Marxists soon found that they could not suppress the national and tribal spirit (just as they also found they could not suppress man's natural inclination towards spirituality) so they had to make concessions. Marxist elites have never managed to wipe these tendencies out. They recognised how powerful, ingrained and hard wired they were. No government anywhere has had to appease a Marxist spirit - it doesn't exist, it is an academic venture. Sure, all over the world for hundreds and hundreds of years the elites have had to deal with various prevailing manifestations of justice from below, but Leftism is an artificial phenomenon that has continually had to adapt to fit human realities. One major concession is the leftist championing of national liberation/self determination. By acknowledging the urge for national sovereignty, Internationalists have had to acknowledge tribal differences.

In Britain the National Communist current is currently present with the Left's celebration of the native Levellers, Diggers, Chartists, Peasant's Revolt and so on. It is also present within the 'official' Communist Party of Britain. The CPB's programme The British Road to Socialism outlines the necessity of a distinct native road to Socialism, due to how institutions of state and the economy have developed and evolved with a national character, different from other countries. Why is this? Because the people of the home nations made them - through their own uniqueness.

Some Leftists still willfully disregard national destinies as reactionary distractions, or even deny their existence - but they do so at their peril. By denying human truths they will remain in isolation.

In 1990 Billy Bragg (whom Berrocscir's Banner considers a talented lyricist and musician) rewrote the lyrics to The Internationale, the famous Leftist hymn.
One line was
In our world poisoned by exploitation, those who have taken, now they must give
And end the vanity of nations - we've but one Earth on which to live
This displays perfectly the arrogance of Internationalism. Blood ties, kinship and the reality of cultural difference are not vanity. What IS vanity is textbook academic theory imposing its will on the varied peoples of the world and seeking to deny them diversity. Maybe these days Billy won't be so condemning now that he's gone all patriotic in a liberal kind of way - there's nothing shameful in changing your mind, ol' Berrocscir here should know!

Nationalism as we understand it today is a 19th century construct. But it's organic foundations - tribal loyalty, identity, social bonds, kinship and cultural realities - these go back into the mists of time. They are a stronger basis for human relationships than some old fellow sat in the British Library.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Open for business - the EIP

From the ashes of the civic-nationalist Free England Party, the website of the newly relaunched English Independence Party went live yesterday. It owes its existence to those in the leadership of the FEP who converted to an ethnic English Nationalism (although they only appear to have a strictly cultural definition of ethnicity)

They have Tony Linsell of the Steadfast Trust on board and have two General Election candidates lined up so far. Will they stay the course? That's up to them.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

The population tragedy

The population time bomb is the elephant in the room. Go and look at a world population graph for this past millennium - it's chilling. Anti-globalists including nationalists should be addressing it. Your editor is no expert in the field of demography, but it is clear that the current rate of population growth is unsustainable. Rising populations in the 'undeveloped' world will trigger higher and higher levels of immigration to the West putting more and more pressure on their infrastructures, their transport systems, schools and services. It will mean more roads, housing, concrete, alienation.

While Berrocscir's Banner acknowledges that some cities in the past have produced strong, cohesive communities, starting in the medieval period and continuing until the mid 20th century, today urban sprawls have become evil, un-natural places full of unfulfilled, unhappy people. This may sound over the top, but the argument that man loses his innate spirituality in an urban environment where he can no longer see the horizon is a strong one. People are NOT mere cogs in the machine - the consumers and producers that both capitalism and communism wishes them to be. But the urban environment is the ideal place to mold them into robots that will have to contend with overcrowding and psychological hammering.

We can't go on developing, building, building, urbanising and burying our beautiful lands under tarmac. Nationalists of all shades should champion the rural ideal. It was close to the natural world where national and regional identity, belonging, kinship and community evolved. It is in the rural setting where it has the best chance to flourish today. Folk-community building has the greatest chance in a rural setting, preferably where people can occupy meaningful work in economies they have some say in.

The land and the green fields make a nation, not the high rise. The 19th century utopian socialists around William Morris had a slogan - 'The plough is a better backbone than the factory' - and they were right.

Following on from last week's post it looks like neo-liberalism and the globalist agenda have won the day in the Ukrainian presidential elections. Viktor Yanukovych topped the poll, winning out over Yulia Tymoshenko. Although Yanokovych is the slightly less pro-New World Order of the two, being as he is slightly more pro-Kremlin (with the Kremlin being slightly less under the global jackboot than other 'democracies') the results are not good for genuine anti-globalists. The nationalist vote wasn't what it should have been: Oleh Tyahnybok, candidate for the nationalist All-Ukrainian Union - 'Freedom', picked up 352,000 votes (1.4%) while the national conservative Yuriy Kostenko for the Ukrainian Peoples Party only managed 54,000.

Also of note was the vote for the pro-Russian Communist Party of Ukraine fell by half a million from 2004 to 800,000. The CPU is to all intents and purposes a National Communist formation so their loss of votes suggest a decline in Ukrainian national sentiment...More on National Communism in a later post.

Looking at the demographics of the poll is telling.Yanokovych did best in the ethnically Russian east of the country with Tymoshenko dominating in the ethnically Ukrainian west. Tyahnybok's hard line Ukrainian nationalist vote was highest in the far west. Berrocscir's Banner's tenner is on the Ukraine to be the most likely state to devolve along ethnic lines in the years ahead.

It is welcoming to see the English National Resistance in their New Year statement outline their intent to concentrate on community work. Whilst street based stuff is what defines the Autonomous Nationalist creed, and with ENR stating they will not be moving entirely away from 'outreach' and PR activity, it's great to see independently-minded activists adopting a vital tribalist approach.

Talking of the Auto-Nat scene, the Irish based Folk Advance is a welcome addition to the milieu.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Anarchy in the Ukraine

Ukrainians go to the polls today in the first round of their Presidential elections with the run-off being scheduled for 7th February. Voters have 18 candidates to choose from, but, unfortunately the two front runners are Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovych - both essentially pro-NATO, EU and US - both therefore willing servants of the ever omnipresent global new world order. The best, then, that can come out of this is a respectable showing from the nationalist candidates from the Ukrainian Peoples Party and the All-Ukrainian Union. Well, we shall see this week.

There is still a significant degree of friction between the majority ethnic Ukrainian population (77% and mainly in the west of the country) and ethnic Russians (18% and mainly in the east) A long term solution would be the gradual secession of the Russians into their own autonomous eastern state - a first small step towards the kind of devolved, decentralised ethnic homelands envisaged by National Anarchists.

Berrocscir's Banner notes with interest this Daily Telegraph article from last month which reports a resurgence of the patriot militia movement in the United States. Ultimately, if the militias want to defend and safeguard their values then they have no interest in maintaining what the USA has become and now represents. They should work towards secession - either for their own states alone, or with others in smaller confederations. These secessionist states could readopt the constitution and the values of the American Revolution that today's militias hold dear. American patriots should work to break down the the US empire, they will not stop being Americans with the death of the USA.

The secessionist movement in the States is more widespread than you might think. The Middlebury Institute is a good place to start for the curious.

A look at the elephant in the room - the world population tragedy.
The joys of the Farmer's Market phenomenon

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Narcissism begins at home

To start the year, here's potted biography of your editor. I was meaning to put it on my profile but it turns out it's too it'll have to be a post. It's a brief explanation of my political evolution.

I started out on the Anarchist/Libertarian Communist scene and was particularly inspired by Syndicalism. By the early 2000s a minority on the Left began to question immigration and multiculturalism and I followed the ensuing net-based debates with interest. This acted as a catalyst for me to start questioning my own Leftist worldview of internationalism and cultural Marxism. I began reading nationalist material on the web, particularly the stuff by the now defunct UK-based National Revolutionary Faction and essays by David Michael which influenced me greatly towards my gradual conversion to National Anarchism.

I began reading up on other strains of nationalism which reassured me that being a nationalist need not conflict with my anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism and anti-globalism (principals which I continue to hold to this day) I was angry with myself for embracing the leftist stereotype which paints nationalism as reactionary, but we live and learn!

I started Berrocscir's Banner intending it to be a commentary on the political fringe, but later took the decision to make it a blog with a specific National Anarchist outlook and to champion other anti-globalist movements from across the political spectrum while also supporting other tribalist tendencies similar to National Anarchism.

I wonder if the deceased subject of A.E. Houseman's poem from A Shropshire Lad would have perhaps been familiar with Plough Monday, which this year falls tomorrow. Berrocscir's Banner says "hat's off" to the cultural revivalists that still celebrate this important day in the folk calendar, thus helping to maintain an English identity in the face of bland, synthetic and rootless modernism. Those interested can read up on Plough Monday and its associations here

Quote of the month
Never make equal what is unequal - Nietzsche