Sunday, 23 January 2011

South Sudan - a herald for tomorrow?

Although the final results from the recent referendum are not due until next month, it looks almost certain that South Sudan will separate from the north. Why should National Anarchists care? Why is the creation of a new state such positive news? Well, apart from anything else, from a tribalist perspective, South Sudanese independence is perfectly logical. While the new southern state will be far from mono-ethnic - there are many ethnic groups in the region - the majority of the population are ethnically and culturally 'meta-African' in the wider sense - part of a wider kinship in the same way that one can speak of a broader European identity. This meta-African ethnicity is distinct from the Arab north of the country. Sudan's borders were carved out by British imperialism for its own convenience with no regard or sensitivity toward indigenous cultures or tribes. It was this that formed the basis for the eventual decades of civil war, primarily over the South Sudanese oilfields.

South Sudan is also a distinct bio-region, and it's peoples understand it and are able to manage it better without the centralised and alien northern regime. Of course, South Sudan will encounter many problems in the short term, but secession is a process - a first step on the road to the truly tribal society. A step toward fully devolved, decentralised and localised ethnic communities envisaged in the National Anarchist ideal.

National Anarchists recognise that the national revolution will not happen overnight. We are pragmatists, welcoming moves that are counter to the globalised trend. South Sudan is just one of them. National Anarchists support and encourage ethnic, cultural and economic secession wherever and however it is manifest. The birth of South Sudan is positive in that it is another example of how supranational states fail while more greater ethnocentric states are more cohesive and therefore happier. Maybe too, the South Sudanese diaspora can begin to go home.

Regarding this subject the writings of Leopold Kohr , especially The Breakdown of Nations, will be a useful addition to any National Anarchist bookshelf.


More good news: While far too many village pubs and shops have, due to those lovely global market forces, closed in the UK over recent years, some communities are organising to keep their amenities and identities strong. There are now 251 community owned stores throughout the country - that's up from just 33 in 1991. This goes a long way to proving that British rural communities don't need lectures from the Tories about any 'big society'!

The village community and rural way of life are integral to the National Anarchist worldview, so it is pleasing to see community empowerment at this level getting more resilient to the global machine while maintaining their distinct identities to boot.

The plight of the UK village in the 21st century is brilliantly illustrated in Richard Askwith's The Lost Village, for those interested.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Down with this sort of thing

News just in that on the 26th March the Trades Union Congress and their Left hangers on are going to do what they do best - mobilise a big demo in London with all the usual suspects and march round and doubt this will involve a few old mates slinking off to the pub and possibly a few masked kids running amok...All against the spending cuts.

Not very imaginative. The do itself will have a name: March for the Alternative: Jobs, Growth, Justice. Okay, 'Justice' - well a bit vague,  no one's against 'justice' are they? 'Growth'? Well, where has this got us? Sure it's made a lot of us comfortably numb, but growth leads us to the consumerist zeitgeist, and it has ripped us asunder from our tribal roots. No, I'm not marching for growth. 'Jobs'? Right, well I'm a 9 to 5 sort, I admit it. I 've never been able to kick the habit, I do a lot of unpaid overtime too... But to be honest, I always preferred the old Green Anarchist slogan from the 90s: Stuff Your Jobs - We Want Land. Much better than the Right to Work mantra of the Left -that's just like asking for more and more capitalism. I know people have got to feed their families, but I always thought Green Anarchist had the better vision. No, I think I'll give this one a miss.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Desperate gestures

Dust off those flares and wide collars, and don that old brown leather jacket with the wide lapels - Leftist anarchists have been blowing things up on the continent once more. Wow, golly gosh! While no doubt many on the left would recognise the folly of such actions, the most radical of the radical have rediscovered something even more futile to indulge in than smashing up McDonalds, setting light to wheelie bins, throwing things at the cops and getting water cannoned.  These comrades have taken tokenism and gesture politics up a gear...

You can't bomb your way to a new society. You can't take on the the most sophisticated and professional security and intelligence networks ever seen, backed up as they are with unparallelled resources and the most powerful of state structures all working for the most powerful of empires in history - the Neo-Con World Order. What the bombs in Italy and Greece ultimately reveal is a latent frustration on the part of the perpetrators to the continuing failure of Leftist anarchism to break out of the ghetto. Of course National Anarchism is also on the fringes, but we at least recognise the stupidity of such irrational propaganda by deed.

Yes, there's still a place for political, electoral and civil agitation, and it would be a mistake for National Anarchists and their allies to ignore spreading propaganda and engaging with the wider anti-capitalist and nationalist currents, and indeed society at large. But the real alternative is not the radical chic, rioting and insurrectionary play acting of the Left-anarchists. Nor is it the General Strike and fabled workers' control. Many on the Left will dismiss the National Anarchist modus operandi as 'lifestylism', but in the face of the global machine, the only real alternative is to opt out (in as much as is practical) Radical Nationalists and Tribalists need to live as independently as we can and aim toward the village communities of the National Anarchist ideal. Why should National Anarchists prefer the village model? Because we recognise that the Industrial revolution and urbanisation has numbed our collective national folk memories and eroded our tribal instinct. We can't turn back the clock, but by embracing and slowly building a lifestyle compatible with rural living we can reinvigorate this folk-centred worldview.

Sure, if you are a Leftist, internationalist, PC cosmopolitan build your own alternatives, but just leave us free to build ours.

As National Anarchists we need to start living as free from the globalised structures as possible: Grow your own food, look into sorting out your own water-supply and getting off the grid. Get as self-sufficient as you can and get clued up on survivalist techniques and traditional crafts. This is real empowerment and far more revolutionary than a letter bomb.