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.