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.