Sunday, 20 March 2011

Was is and will be

Permit me, dear reader, a philosophical few moments...Your editor is at present, for the first time in several years, observing Lent. What am I giving up? Well, you know - a few of the things I like too much.  Let me explain that I'm not of the Christian faith, but I am religious in the sense that I believe in the divine universe, that the divine caused the universe to be and that it is present within it. That is to say that I cannot go along with the notion that everything came from nothing. I believe that everything had its origin due to something beyond the human mind and comprehension. Obviously, I cannot prove this, so I suppose you could call my belief a 'faith'. Logically therefore, that 'something' I mentioned is a divine power or powers - 'God' or 'Gods' if you will. So because, ultimately, I exist because of the divine - I have a need, an urge to revere, thank and acknowledge Him/Her/Them/It and to realise I can never fully understand its nature or purpose. Lent is a time when I'm reminded to strive to keep the divine at the front of my mind. I confess I don't know if the divine loves or cares for me - the Gods may have concerns or they may not, but as the creator of the universe and the life force I revere the divine regardless. The world is filled with pain, suffering and evil - nature is red in tooth and claw, but the universe is also full of beauty, compassion, love and bounty. Of course the great faiths of the world have always tried to explain why this is, but - good and bad - I accept the Natural Order as it is, that it is bigger than me, I am part of it, and that it has overriding power.

Like the fast of Ramadan, Lent is a time of abstinence and self-denial. By observing Lent I try to put all material trifles and life's other follies to one side, out of mind for a time, and concentrate my mind on the Creator/s.  But what does Lent and what it involves have to do with me as a National Anarchist and Tribalist? Okay, so I believe in divine creation, but shouldn't Lent be exclusively for Christians who believe Christ as God made flesh? I have a lot of sympathy with this view. However I'm choosing to observe Lent not only to get closer to the life-bringer - Apart from recognising spirituality as integral to the human mind, as a National Anarchist I believe that the struggle for national revolution/renewal/rebirth and that of Tribalism is a spiritual struggle as well as a socio-political one. Of course, National Anarchism does not follow any particular religious creed nor religion per se, but part of my spirituality (in tandem with my National Anarchist belief) is ancestor worship - a reverence for the dead. I observe Lent also because Christianity has been intertwined in my nation's story and heritage for 1500 years. Generations of my forefathers observed Lent, and by observing it too I remember them, feel closer to them, part of them. I'm observing Lent partly for the same reason that I wear a Mjolnir pendant around my neck to remember the kinship, blood ties and mental bond with my North European ancestors and cultures. I'm here because of them. Through Lent I not only praise 'God' as I perceive Him, but also my national heritage and identity. We had pancakes in our house on Shrove Tuesday and as I ate (they were delicious) I meditated quietly on the Tudors - for it was they who came up with the idea to use up all the dairy products, before going without.

In addition, although I try to lead a non-materialistic lifestyle in line with my National Anarchist beliefs, I concede that luxuries abound. The self-denial that Lent requires is also a reminder to me to strive further to reject consumerism and materialism - concepts central to National Anarchism.

I also regard partaking in Lent as a recognition of the wonderful wheel of the year. My cultural heritage and all others have beautiful ritual years that help make the world a rich pageant indeed in the face of the McWorld and monocultural sameness. Lent and its associations are part of the English cultural year and our rich national calendar. A calendar which is a huge factor in our shared national identity, consciousness and folk memory.

Talking of the wheel of the year, I write at the ancient Germanic festival of Oestre - celebrated in my ancestral homelands in reverence of Spring - and at the Spring Equinox - an important marker of the year in so many other cultures which go to provide the world with its beautiful and rich diversity in the face of modernity. Everywhere I've looked this week I've seen the life force making her triumphant comeback! I don't need reality TV - reality itself is miles better! At this time of year the promise and power of nature, of the divine, is everywhere. The National Anarchist and Tribalist worldview should never leave out the awesome power of Mother Nature and the Natural Order.

Friday, 18 March 2011

A tribal alternative to the Jamahiriya?

Without wishing to be premature...Al-Qadhafi's State of the Masses, in all honesty, looks like it will leave the world stage sooner rather than later. With the current situation in mind this article caught my eye earlier this week which I accessed from a link on the excellent National Anarchist (ish) blog Attack The System .

Like a lot of African and Arab states, Libya owes its existence to 20th Century Western imperialism. Modern Libya is made up of three distinct regions: Fezzan in the South West with the Tuareg and Tobou ethnic groups being strongly represented there. Cyrenaicia lies in the East with Tripolitania in the North West. These have their predominantly Arab-Berber populations. Tripolitania was itself briefly independent  a century ago, before falling to the Italian yoke.

Libyan society is still structured along strong tribal fault lines. Is it to much to hope for the future emergence of ethno-tribal homelands in the this part of the Maghreb? Tribal homelands that will forge their own destiny free from despots of all hues? Too much to ask?

Berrocscir's Banner notes the passing of Carel Boshoff  - the great Afrikaner patriot and founder of the Orania intentional community in South Africa. When I first heard about Orania, it was at a time when I had just began identifying with National Anarchism and remember it filled my heart with admiration and joy. The enduring success of Orania has parallels with the National Anarchist ideal and although it does not fit our vision entirely it can inspire us in pursuit of it.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

The extended family

Last Thursday's 'yes' vote in the Welsh referendum suggests two possible trends that can be welcomed by National Anarchists and other radical/revolutionary nationalists.

You may or may not know that the Welsh were asked if they wanted further devolution of powers to the Welsh National Assembly (which has functioned since 1999) Hitherto the Assembly could only pass laws for Wales if they had been approved by by the UK parliament in London. The Welsh people were asked if they wanted the Assembly to be given the power to pass laws directly (without first seeking approval from London) over things like agriculture, education, health, housing, local government, fishing, forestry, culture, the Welsh language, water supply and social welfare - run of the mill stuff like that! ....The Welsh said 'yes'. The turnout was 35% (not that low a figure for this sort of thing) 517, 000 (63%) said 'yes', and a not insignificant 297, 000 (36%) said 'no'. This is not an astounding endorsement of devolved power, but then the Welsh only narrowly voted for having their own Assembly in the first place back in 1997. What this shows is that minorities - pioneers - make history. They take the lead and the masses follow. Relatively small numbers of people have changed the course of history by taking the lead - this is the human condition - and the masses (usually) follow. The great mass of people do not constitute the 'engine of history' as the Marxists would have us believe.

The 'yes' vote was strongest in the rural North West and West - areas where the Welsh language and therefore Welsh national identity, is strongest - and also in the valleys to the south where there has always been a healthy tradition of rebelliousness. The only region to return a narrow 'no' vote was Monmouthshire, an area where Welsh speakers do not top 12% and where English heritage and blood (one would have thought) must have played their part.

So what were those two trends of interest, mentioned earlier, of interest to National Anarchists? Firstly the 'yes' vote represents some form of appetite for political devolution, not much of a one, granted -the Welsh still cannot raise their own taxes - and it is nowhere near the the scale of decentralisation envisaged by National Anarchists: devolved power down to the village, parish or district level...But it is a start. It's important to be pragmatic in this day and age! The 'yes' vote also shows that the Welsh as an ancient nation are still hearty of spirit and consciousness. This is something to be applauded in this most cosmopolitan of epochs.

Secondly this referendum indicates that although the Welsh are very much a proud and unique people, the vote suggests that many still regard themselves (rightly) as part of a wider, extended family of British nations: i.e. the English, Scots, Welsh, Ulster-Scots, Irish, Cornish and Manx - peoples intertwined through hundreds of years of close cultural and blood ties. Although this truth may irritate the more resolute of Welsh nationalists, currently only 15% of the Welsh want full independence - could this be due to the close bonds of the British family of nations? A wider collective Britishness?

Speaking for myself as a National Anarchist, your editor would dearly love to see free and independent Welsh, English and Scottish nations alongside an independent Ulster and yes, Cornwall and Mann should their peoples want it. But this has to be within a framework of mutual respect and recognition of a shared, meta-tribal kinship throughout our Islands.

One task for UK based National Anarchists is to encourage this fashion for bourgeois political devolution as a springboard for the maximum tribal and localised autonomy which is at the heart of our programme.