Sunday, 28 October 2012

Regionalist Round Up

The Wessex Regionalists are still busy blogging and the Regionalist Front of Dumnonia are getting active. Time for the East Anglians, Mercians et al to play catch up!

Time to stop pretending

I have long respected those who own up to their own personal delusions and decide to call time on their ideological comfort zones. I can remember elements of the UK Left-anarchist scene going through a time of reflection in the 1990s, along with some Marxist groups around the same time. Of course nothing particularly Earth shattering came of their change of tack. But they at least set me on a trajectory that I've been travelling on ever since.

In many respects National Anarchism is a post-nationalist ideology - I'm sure for instance, most 'European' NAs know that Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand are never again to be 'ethnic homelands'. As the pendulum of history swings: well so what and why should they? So we need to forget the idea of mono-ethnic nation states in favour of tribal communities or local/district/regional networks of like-minded tribes.

Over the years groups and individuals have, from time to time, faced up to their own long held self-denial: from the left, right and now it seems from the ecologists, environmentalists and Greens. The Dark Mountain Project was the brainchild of Paul Kingsnorth and others. Their 2009 manifesto, "Uncivilisation" , makes interesting 'post-Green' reading. The Dark Mountain Project is apolitical - instead they call for something much more interesting! They argue, forcefully, that the Green movement is not going to 'save the planet' and that modern civilisation is "passing into history". They present 'Uncivilisation' as a new new cultural, artistic and literary movement to reflect the end of an age which which we are witness to. If the Dark Mountain Project do not constitute a 'new tribe', I don't know what does! The lack of politics initially put me off - but then who needs politics if you believe this civilisation is nearing its end?

From a National Anarchist standpoint the ideas espoused by the Dark Mountaineers are worth exploring and learning from. We must accept there will be no national revolutions and be prepared with our own radical nationalist alternatives ready for when today's empire falls. We must prepare to ignore the mainstream in the coming years and decades - it will almost certainly ignore us!

The Dark Mountaineers will probably reject National Anarchist ideas. That's OK - but their ideas involve just the sort of post-ideological thinking that can appeal to the wider radical nationalist currents. We would benefit from listening to what the Dark Mountaineers are saying about the coming collapse and incorporate their prophecies into our own arguments and strategies.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

"And how do we keep our balance?"


Some wise words from Tevye there (portrayed by the brilliant Topol in Fiddler on the Roof) and the Rabbi's quip reminded me of the concept of National Personal Autonomy that I mentioned couple of weeks back (as did Tevye's reference to "...the others in our village...we don't bother them and, so far, they don't bother us.")

What are we without our traditions? Surely we lose a piece of our souls...

I've always loved this time of year. This morning on my way to work I kicked up the leaves like a young'un, and it helped me remember I was at home in England. This weekend the clocks here 'go back' - that's a strange 'modern' imposition that's become almost a tradition in itself in that that reminds us we're heading toward the Winter months. Culturally there's a lot coming up: Halloween continues to twist, turn and develop. When I was a lad Trick or Treat was just coming into vogue over here. I remember it, but never partook. Now Apple bobbing I did go for! The following week Guy Fawkes Night was always one of my favourites.

The 11th of next month of course is Remembrance Day. But important though it is, this national commemoration has eclipsed Martinmas which is a pity in my book (we've just had Michaelmas). According to my copy of  A Dictionary of English Folklore by Jacqueline Simpson and Steve Roud, goose traditionally consumed at Martinmas was used to predict the weather: If the breast bone had light marks things would be fine, but if they were dark it would be poor. The front of the breast bone was for the weeks before Christmas and the back predicted the post-Christmas days. I think that's lovely. For us tribalists who base our identity on common origins, it is vital we take out our nearly forgotten elements of folklore, give them a shake and put them on as good as new again.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Fun with flags

I smiled as I read the report in Monday's Western Daily Press that in his wisdom, Eric Pickles MP, UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has seen fit to relax the flag flying laws. This means:
“The flag of any island, county, district, borough, burgh, parish, city, town or village within the United Kingdom; and the flag of the Black Country, East Anglia, Wessex, any Part of Lincolnshire, any Riding of Yorkshire or any historic county within the United Kingdom.”
...is enshrined in the law of the land. A pity Northumbria and Mercia are not mentioned - not that'll stop ardent Northumbrians and Mercians!

I see this as a begrudging nod to the growing regionalist trend in England - we're HERE! Bloodied but unbowed. Let this be the start of the great decentralist revolution. Forward to a devolved England. Forward to a world of 100,000 flags!

Friday, 5 October 2012

A new breed

Yesterday I mentioned the term 'new tribes'. To me it's not a poetic term, more of a watchword for a new vanguard - a new elite of radical nationalists.

Taking a look around one might be forgiven to think that 'mainstream' nationalism is on the rise. But personally I saw enough false dawns when I was on the Left. What I'm hoping for is nothing new, nationalists of different hues have been saying it for twenty years plus: we cannot reclaim our territories from the globalisers - nor the majority of our 'own'. The nationalist political parties are stunted, but at the same time there can be no 'national revolutions' in the strictest sense. There may be a growing presence of 'street' nationalists - even in England (look on Facebook!) but they shouldn't kid themselves that they can set the political agenda let alone reclaim the state. They are up against two insurmountable obstacles: the global elites and the indifference of the majority of their people. Many, it is true, have a fairly strong sense of local or regional pride. Most folk have a rudimentary sense of ethnic tribalism. And of those who do not - some may recognise that human beings tend to have a strong sense of 'tribalism' around common beliefs or interests which people group around regardless of socio-economic or ethnic background. That said, many lack the convictions of National Anarchists and other radical nationalists. We radicals are not 'better' than them, we're just different - in our hearts and minds. Therefore we need to face facts and agitate for and build alternatives. We need political, economic, social, cultural and territorial secession - whatever our core beliefs.

Like the Pilgrim Fathers National Anarchists must become national pioneers and flee from the metropolitan empires. Salvaging what we can of our heritage and what our forefathers left us. Once we begin, maybe our example will attract others.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Borders of the mind

There's been talk in UK nationalist circles recently on the merits of beginning a strategy of stamping nationalist marks in communities where nationalists are strong on the ground. Nurturing and  building up a sense of national identity through flag flying, murals etc - a la Northern Ireland. I do not object per se to this, nothing wrong with reminding folk of their heritage. However I do tend to believe that our cities and larger towns have become cosmopolitan to the point of no return. Overt public symbolism would have greater resonance in smaller market towns and villages. As a National Anarchist I have no real interest in British/English nationalism in and of itself. But I can support nationalists who want to identify their communities as 'our patch'. It's what vanguards do. If a city declared itself an anarcho-syndicalist commune or free multicultural soviet I'd applaud that! That's what my politics are all about - let communities decide who and what they are. I would also support public displays of tribalism in say Pakistani communities in larger British cities - National Anarchists recognise there is no possibility of 'Britain for the British'. We advocate a new Britain of devolved territories. Of course the trouble with the 'our patch' strategy is the danger of creating a siege mentality and its possible negative consequences.

However some British cities are so ethnically mixed (and their populations appear for the most part to be happy with this) that the 'national enclave' idea would appear unworkable. One option for radical nationalists who, unlike myself, don't have an urbanophobia, is to promote the idea of National Personal Autonomy among nationalists and sypathisers who live in urban areas. I stumbled across this idea in the Manifesto of the US/Canada based group New Resistance. I'll let them explain:
We realize, however, that voluntary self-segregation into ethnic enclaves is not always possible or desirable in certain areas of North America, especially for those of mixed-race background as well as those living in long-established cosmopolitan cities like New York. And NEW RESISTANCE rejects any attempt- by any party- at “ethnic cleansing”. In such highly mixed areas, NEW RESISTANCE advocates a form of non-territorial nationhood referred to as National Personal Autonomy.

The Russian-Jewish socialist Vladimir Medem succinctly defined NPA this way:
“Let us consider the case of a country composed of several national groups, e.g. Poles, Lithuanians and Jews. Each national group would create a separate movement. All citizens belonging to a given national group would join a special organisation that would hold cultural assemblies in each region and a general cultural assembly for the whole country. The assemblies would be given financial powers of their own: either each national group would be entitled to raise taxes on its members, or the state would allocate a proportion of its overall budget to each of them. Every citizen of the state would belong to one of the national groups, but the question of which national movement to join would be a matter of personal choice and no authority would have any control over his decision. The national movements would be subject to the general legislation of the state, but in their own areas of responsibility they would be autonomous and none of them would have the right to interfere in the affairs of the others”.

[Social democracy and the national question, 1904]
I welcome all attempts at greater tribal autonomy anywhere, but prefer the building of rural communities and/or local/regional networks of tribalists on an economic and social level. Can radical nationalists foresee a time when we become pioneering 'new tribes' - refugees from modernity and cosmopolitanism, with stories to tell our children of when our great nations passed into history and that we were the survivors?

Semantics

I was going to write a short piece on how, over time, I have become slightly agitated with the term 'National Anarchism'. I am also still uneasy with the word 'Anarchism'. As a former left-anarchist, I remember at times being embarrassed by the label, due to the cliches attached to it, the dismissive smirks I used to get from some and the blank looks from others. The term 'Tribal Anarchism' has been used by some in preference to avoid the possible misinterpretation of equating NA with the nation state - which would of course be nonsense. Our nationalism is based on human bonds which predate the rise of capitalism - when modern nationalism was born. So maybe 'Tribal' is a better option. We reject nation states and those who run them, and instead identify with whom we perceive as our own. Maybe we are radical nationalists who do not fit in with post-enlightenment ideas - and who acknowledge the human urge toward an allegiance to kinship, not the state, mass societies or ruling elite.

But last week I stumbled across a Wikipedia article on the Akie people of Tanzania. It contained the following:
"Tribe" is a derogatory term per se, derived from the imperialist Romans and used by the imperialist British until today. All Africans refuse the term tribe today. The ethnicities misrepresented by the term "tribe" are either nations in the best sense of the definition or clans of their nation.
So maybe National IS the more appropriate! As for the Anarchism bit, well I'll have to turn a blind eye. The National Anarchist 'brand' is pretty much established now anyway! Of course what really matter are not labels, but ideas and action.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Farc off

During the English Civil War local groups of vigilantes known as Clubmen assembled to protect their kinfolk, farms and villages from the excesses of Royalists and Parliamentarians alike. Being a decentralist and localist I have great sympathy with them. They had every right to stand up against their supposed 'betters' in the warring factions 'above' them. I was reminded of the Clubmen back in July when I read that the Paez people of Colombia stood up to both the Colombian army and the FARC Marxist guerrillas in their tribal regions. They bravely told both sides to take their quarrel elsewhere and as a National Anarchist I totally support them.

Some radical nationalists may defend the FARC -  arguing that they are anti-imperialist and anti-globalist. Longstanding accusations against the FARC aside, I am all for the breaking down of ideological dividing lines and dogma in the fight against neoliberalism, but if the FARC's universalist, macro-ideology (Marxism) runs roughshod over the interests of sovereign nations like the Paez and others, then I'll always side with the little guys against the big.