Sunday, 23 October 2011

Nostalgia is our weapon

The French sociologist Michel Maffesoli has presented us with the notion that modern man (having evolved as a tribal animal) increasing reverts to type. In modern industrial society he asserts a tribal identity of his choosing. We see this all the time: cultural,social, racial, local - village, town, shire and regional identities through to the myriad of sub-cultural 'neo-tribes'. Those with a tribal identity, however it is manifested, are certain out there among all the cosmopolitan Citizens of the World. A good thing too when considering mass society has no organic roots and no 'badge'.

Marxists and others have attempted to graft a class identity onto the masses but, apart from the odd flair-up of class friction, any allegiance to an economic identity is transient. The founding principle of National Anarchism - Tribalism - certainly has wide and deep appeal. Maffesoli is right to point out that in modern mass society nostalgia is a powerful force. Nostalgia then, should play a major role in National Anarchist propaganda - to paraphrase Trotsky, "Nostalgia is a weapon in the hands of the National Anarchists!"

Berrocscir's Banner tries to steer a non-sectarian course and accepts the limitations of what can and cannot be achieved by radical nationalists at present. However we all need at times to tum to our ideals: In working toward our imagined autonomous communities, National Anarchists should consider attempting to implement a consensus within the radical nationalist scene of aiming for the simple life - autonomous communities won't really be so if they rely on mass technological society for all their spare parts. Of course, neighbouring tribal communities or networks can work in solidarity alongside one another in terms of trade, barter, skills sharing and aid, even if their internal affairs differ. The rule of thumb is to keep reliance on the global system to a minimum. Simple living may be tough, but it points to a life of great social solidarity, meaning, worthiness, contentment and honour.

National Anarchists are aware that all human societies involve conflict of varying degrees and we must concede that our vision of the future will be no different. But despite the possibility of barbarity and warlordism in our post-modern Brave Old World, National Anarchist communities will not have the conquering drive which has led to the present globalist society. Obviously we will have to defend what we have built, but National Anarchism is an insular philosophy and for good reason - look where the opposite has led us!

How communities choose to structure themselves internally is up to them - and for the record, Berrocscir's Banner prefers a sort of corporistic, meritocratic elitism. I'd rather have an appointed group of Wise Men in charge of different social/economic fields than some chancer who talks a good talk, but once elected or crowned is totally detrimental...

National Anarchists also need to accept that any tribal community above 500 will need some form of state as this is the point where society becomes anonymous...but small states are better than large. The line here at Berrocscir Towers is that the Anarchism in National Anarchism, at least for the foreseeable future, means any social network that has seceded from the global political/economic New World Order. National Anarchists should support any move in this direction from whatever quarter. Pluralism is central to our worldview.