Saturday, 21 December 2013

New beginnings

First off, let me wish bright solstice greetings on this, the shortest day of the year - my how the wheel of the Lord turns! I have just witnessed a fine (and for once well rehearsed!) Mummer's play in my local, and as a consequence, I'm in high spirits! May I also wish everyone a Merry Christmastide - the twelve days, which technically do not start until the 24th or 25th December, depending on which tradition you follow - but I wish it today nonetheless to everyone who passes by here now and then - and to those who follow it. For many of us the Winter Solstice marks the new year when the Sun is born again and starts her journey anew.

New what will 2014 bring? Hopefully a 'Yes' vote in the Scottish Independence referendum. A HUGE anti-EU vote across Europa in May. Peace in Syria after a victory against religious fascism and lasting dialogue with the Kurdish people and other ethno-religious groups...and hopefully a consolidation and growth of National Anarchist ideas. I do my part distributing NA material around and about...and in the REAL world, no less. I've also joined Twitter with a view to spreading National Anarchism to a wider audience and I encourage other NAs to follow suit. Who knows I may even end up on Facebook! Not having 24/7 access to the Internet limits the time I can spend to this blog, but it has been getting around 350 hits per month for some time. I have no idea how this stands up alongside similar blogs, but as far as I'm concerned, it's pleasing enough.

As I've said before, National Anarchism is, for me, almost a post-nationalist ideology - expanding on the definition of 'nation' and challenging all dogmas. But that does not mean that I disagree with other other radical nationalist currents on everything. What I'd really love to see is a UK version of  Generation Identitaire to present today's youth with an alternative tribal vision. To see these young people stand up against internationalism and globalism with such vigor and passion is truly inspiring!

So here's wishing a successful and fruitful 2014 to all National Anarchists, radical nationalists, anti-globalists, regionalists, localists, green anarchists, deep ecologists, tribalists, intentional communities, PLE-types and their equivalents, urban farmers, squatters, homesteaders, secessionists, Dark Mountaineers, anti-capitalists, Occupiers, small businesses, the self-employed, co-ops, distributists and de-growth advocates...Has this covered it? Probably not, but God bless you all.

Situation vacant?

Speaking in Shanghai this week Prof. Steve Rayner said that "the global population was in the middle of the greatest migration in history, with 75% of the world population predicted to be living in cities by 2030." To prepare for this Prof. Rayner urged the development of 'eco-cities' and sustainable urban living. I certainly approve of the 'greening' of cities with urban farms and the large-scale adoption of veggie patches in every back garden, verge and window box. However, long term this prediction presents National Anarchists and radical nationalists with an opportunity.

If the rural population ups sticks in such large numbers and goes off to seek their fortune in the big city (and remember they did this once before) this might just leave the odd bit of land and farmhouse for us lot to colonise. Yes, this figure of 75% will be unevenly spread, but surely even in the 'developed' world it might leave its mark. Okay, large companies might land grab much of the space to feed the cities. This means we need to keep our eyes open for the opportunities. Some radical nationalists have been talking about the need for organising NOW to raise the funds necessary. The rest of us need to listen. Our future lies in rural areas away from the city - the home of globalism.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Too many chiefs?

I sympathise in a way about what Boris Johnson was talking about last week. Intellegence does make equality pretty much impossible at least within mass societies. Besides, I don't necessarily believe that equality is always a good thing in and of itself. Equality can lead to to squabbles and ineffiencies which result in failure and injustice. I believe in freedom and justice not equality.

National Anarchists believe in small tribal communities that have seceeded from mass universalist society. Could these intentional communities be egalitarian? Maybe - and that would be the decision of the tribes themselves. I cannot speak for all National Anarchists but I would prefer a modicum of hierachy and expertise within my ideal community to the rule of the mob. Now that said, I don't advocate a filthy rich lord of the manor living in opulance while his serfs scrape by in squalor either! Any differences in wealth and creature comforts would be minimal within National Anarchist tribes because they will by necessity be based on simple-living and 'living the dream' according to our anti-materialist ideals. They will have to give up on most of what consumer society has to offer. For this reason social equality will be a lot closer in National Anarchist societies than under global capitalism. If for example a tribal community of 15-20 like-minded people sets up a working farm, then I'd want someone IN CHARGE, WHO KNOWS WHAT HE OR SHE IS DOING - an EXPERT. A farm manager who is best placed to deal with the challenges the tribe will face - FOR THE COMMON GOOD. So because of his/her pivitol role our leader (social justice dictates) is entitled to REWARDS. I'm not talking vast riches. I don't believe any tribal comrade should eat worse than 'the boss' or not be as safe and warm. But the leader (or leaders) who is steering the ship and making the venture a success, should if they wish (and by concensus) claim the larger living quarters and maybe the finest wine the tribe produces or secures through barter or trade from other tribes. This peck order secures stability and LOYALTY. Likewise those that are best able to defend their community physically - they too should be offered reward. Social justice breeds contentment - equality can lead to resentment.

To reitorate, I'm not suggesting huge differences in wealth or priviledge (and as I mentioned before, National Anarchist communities must be based on what Flora Thompson described as 'a poor plenty' - there probably won't be any way of generating extravagence, nor will it be wanted) what I am talking about is a healthy peck order which secures stability, security and cohesion to small social groups. If some tribes go with the egalitarian ideal then the best of luck and all respect to them. But personally I think a little hierachy goes a long way. The anarchist in me wants small society as opposed to mass society. No states as opposed to states. I part company with left anarchists when they DEMAND communism. Just for the record, any detractors might have a giggle when I say that I do not regard myself as being particularly bright. I've never taken an IQ test (wouldn't want to!) I'm just one of those people that likes to be led. In my ideal community I can see myself as someone who would waffle on at the monthly general assembly about what customs and feast days we should observe, but as far as the day to day running of the place goes, I'd be happy to to listen to the elites, to TRUST them, and perhaps invite them round to my tied-cottage or digs once or twice a year of an evening - I might even tug my forelock...

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Top of the Pops

I've always been a political trainspotter - I remember when Veritas split from UKIP and when the Popular Alliance split from Veritas. I'd almost forgot about the Popular Alliance, but I stumbled across them again the other day. They have some good ideas. National Anarchists should remember that we've lots of allies out there even if we don't realise it and in places we would not normally expect. The very 'normal' looking Popular Alliance for example say this:
We are anti-globalist and part of our anti-globalism is a policy of non-interference in other nation's affairs, opposition to interference in our policy making. We believe in localism - the small scale economy and decentralised society as envisaged by EF Schumacher, GK Chesterton and John Papworth. This is the direct opposite of internationalism and multinationalism, which is run by a remote global elite who are increasingly unnaccountable and powerful. A return to small nations, small governments, small farms and shops, and support for the "small man" against the big forces is what we strive for.
That's not a million miles from National Anarchists and other radical and revolutionary nationalists and tribalists. Of course we we differ on many things but so what? Build on what we have in common in line with the National Anarchist principal of pluralism - each to their own. Five years ago (what?!) I wrote about the need for a Grand Alliance against globalism and we still need one today.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

The way through

National Anarchists promote intentional communities, villages and homesteads for different tribes (however defined) to secede from mass universalist 'clone' society and start living life in line with their political, cultural and social ideals. We do this because we know that we cannot seriously challenge mass society or overthrow the global elites  - we are realists. It's the reverse of "if you can't beat 'em - join 'em" If you can't beat 'em ignore 'em. Move away. The National-Anarchist Movement have a good slogan: There is no way back, there is no way out. But there is a way THROUGH. This sums it up perfectly.

Some nationalists have criticised our desire for our separatist tribal communities - they say we will become like the Amish. Well, we should take this as a complement! From where I'm standing the Amish are doing just fine and have done for a long time!

In South Africa today the Red October movement is getting organised. I'm assuming these folk are tribalist in essence otherwise they wouldn't be organising along tribal lines. Shouldn't they at least begin considering secession? They have fine examples in their country to follow like Orania and Kleinfontein - Tribalist communities that are making a go of things. And am I right to assert that National Anarchists would prefer rural communities to urban? We become closer to one another when we are closer to the soil.

"An agricultural country which consumes its own food is a finer thing than an industrial country, which at its best can only consume its own smoke." - G.K. Chesterton

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Lion in the north

Yesterday's pro-independence rally in Edinburgh (Photo: RT News)

I'm confident of Catalan freedom, not so confident of Scottish freedom in its referendum on independence from the UK a year from now. The reason for this that three hundred years of political union with England and Wales has left its mark socially and culturally. Although brokered artificially by social elites of the day, political union has developed organic cultural and social ties (many which existed before 1707 in any case) 'Britishness' does exist in and of its own right. But for radical nationalists Scottishness comes first.
National Anarchists and other national revolutionaries have no wish to deny close cultural ties between tribes and nations but we DO wish to break up political unions. The maximum devolution we wish to see has to start some somewhere and that's why we should support the 'Yes' campaign for Scottish independence. We as radical nationalists call for an independent Scotland OUTSIDE OF THE EU!
But why stop there? Scotland, like anywhere else has its unique regions that are culturally and socially distinct. The Borders have a different vibe to Orkney which differs from Shetland. The Highlands are distinct from the Islands. Scottish independence should be the beginning of a process towards placing political power at the lowest level - City states, parishes, villages. Under this scenario, the Scottish nation will exist culturally, socially and economically in confederated micro nations from Dumfries to Thurso, Edinburgh to the Hebrides...but cease on a political level. Of course other tribes and 'nations' will exist on Scottish soil too - this is part of the pluralistic National Anarchist vision.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Every journey...

National Anarchists should support this week's protests for Catalan independence. Catalan nationalists may not be calling for autonomous tribal village communities - but the are decentralists - calling for secession from the 'Spanish' state. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, does it not? The break up of larger states into smaller ones is something that National Anarchists and other radical nationalists should encourage and get behind. It is a process which can open minds toward our ideals of decentralisation, regionalism and local autonomy

One frustrating aspect in the case of Catalonia is that so many want the break from Madrid but not from the EU! That's like the Schoolkid who would rather get a slap from the School Bully himself rather than one of his cronies! Even so, any measure of separatism should be welcomed as a step toward a free and independent Europe of nations and regions and as a step along the road to autonomous tribal communities - the National Anarchist ideal.

States, in any case are bullies. They bully communities into accepting the rule of law of a governing centralised elite. Just because different communities with different cultures, languages and identities live within set geographical borders they may have different values and interests. Civic nationalism and modern states dictate that they all have to tow the line. This is why National Anarchists ARE anarchists! We believe that people should be free to choose their own identities and live (within reason) by the own values and systems - within their own separate, self-governing tribal communities.

The sectarianism we are witnessing in Egypt and Syria can surely be addressed by the concept of National Personal Autonomy and the curtailing of state power in favour of tribal autonomy and decision making - and of course with the development of tribal economies too.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Saint Gilbert?

Hearing the news that G. K. Chesterton may be on his way to sainthood reminded me of my primary interest in him as a pioneer of distributism. It was this little economic theory that helped ween me off anarcho-communism, and helped kick start my real belief (as opposed to a pose!) that everyone has a right to property if they earn it. It was a welcome school of thought that provided a material basis for my latent patriotism to my locality and the land on which it rested. I got the spiritual aspect of nationalism (in fact, in many ways I always had) and with distributism I had a material basis for it. Distributist economics make for cohesive localities and tribes through self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Discovering National Anarchism provided the political aspect - and now my life's complete!  Of course the beauty of National Anarchism is that it allows for all trains of thought and political belief to co-exist on a tribal, autonomous basis - free communities practising life as they wish without getting in the way of others. For me the small businesses, family concerns and farms, along with co-ops envisaged by distributism are the economic ideal I'd prefer.

The distributism of Gilbert Keith and others provide a strong practical example for radical nationalists in tackling the awkward question of how to put food on the table without conflicting with our tribalist worldview. Other distributist thinkers like Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement can also teach radical nationalists and other anti-globalists important lessons in building our respective, preferred little new worlds free from globalist hegemony.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

A call to heed

An important essay here from a newish site that should be of interest to National Anarchists who identify with ethnic origin. It is written from a white European perspective, but it's arguments will apply to all separatists of all of persuasions. One problem I have with it is the author's argument that separatist communities can act as bridgeheads from where  'homelands' can be reclaimed - something that is pretty much impossible from where I'm standing. Besides, National Anarchists have no interest in 'reclaiming' the nation state - we are opposed to it, but we ARE interested in separate, autonomous communities organised along the identity of their own choosing. Hopefully this essay will kick start a serious debate within radical nationalist circles and indeed the wider anti-globalist movement (some hope, eh?)

To those of us dissatisfied with the second rate neo-liberal world we are mired in, we cannot afford not to start talking about it. Anyway, take a look here.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The real rebels

One enduring criticism of nationalism from left-anarchists and Marxists is that it is class collaborationist. To them nationalism is a ruse to divide the working class and, like a spell, they say it sets workers against each other rather than their oppressors. This is a very mechanistic view of humanity. It is true that nationalism as a coherent ideology developed in tandem with the rise of capitalism, but what of that? Nationalism is just as likely to have developed as a reaction to urbanisation and the old multi-national empires of Europe than as a convenient tool of the rulers. Nationalism in it's real sense is about people not the State - the organic essence of tribal kinship and loyalty existed long before states did. Nor is nationalism a way for the rulers of a given territory to gain the obedience of its people. In a sense the elites of all lands have long been internationalist in outlook- forging alliances with other elites when it suited, whether this was to the benefit of the people or not. But the left have always operated within a mechanistic sphere. Tribalists recognise the importance of those little things like kinship, myth and the concept of home.

Personally, I'm not particularly interested in social class - it is irrelevant to my tribalist, secessionist (National Anarchist) politics. But many nationalists of different shades DO place a pivotal importance on class. Take New Resistance, the North American radical nationalist group. Their manifesto says:

Whereas NEW RESISTANCE defines itself as a National Liberation movement, we do not extend any tribal loyalty to white capitalists or their lackeys.

No forelock-tugging class collaboration there then!

Of course, there are economic (and subtle cultural) differences within nations - and indeed, regional ones too. But without wishing to brush aside social injustice, I believe there are long, long established social and cultural bonds of familiarity - and the national identities that have evolved from them are the base and starting point for how most of us that walk upright see our place in the world - as part of those 'little platoons'. And it's like this because we evolved as little wandering bands. And that's still part of our collective psychologies today. Besides, today's ruling class have taken their latent internationalism a step further. We have a truly unified and global ruling class which drives to do away with nationhood and has increasingly taken up the mantle of cultural Marxism. We are told that our nations don't matter. We are told we are 'citizens of the world' and that our tribal identities are backward and antiquated. The ruling class have, since the end of World War II, taken up internationalism with more enthusiasm, not merely because with it they can exploit the world's people and resources more smoothly, but in a cultural and political sense too. In this way then, although the Left-anarchists, Marxists, communists, socialists and social democrats might, quite rightly, rage against the global elite's economic exploitation - politically and culturally they are in the same camp. Nationalists (of all types) who stand up against the multi-culturalism, cosmopolitanism and one worldism of the globalisers are, therefore, the real rebels of today.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The right to be different

As far as the West is concerned, the 20th century can be remembered as an age of MACRO-ideology - i.e. universalist ideas pitted against one another: Liberalism and Free Trade, social democracy, Marxism and fascism. To a large extent it was all all nothing - Democracy versus dictatorship, state ownership versus private, free trade versus protectionism. Today these clashes have become a phony war, because whatever the outcome all we end up with is mass consumerism and alienation. The atomisation of society, rampant individualism. Economic growth and production for the sake of it. Societies with no cohesion or common goal.

National Anarchists recognise that ways of life should be about horses for courses and choice. But we are not really offered that from the globalisers in the West - just more homogenised, identikit monoculture. We also recognise that there is no real chance of challenging and defeating the global order. We have to 'opt out' of it as best we can. National Anarchists seek to make the 21st century one of increasing MICRO-ideologies i.e. pluralist ideas and ways of life which recognise each others right to exist and which wish to see the development of practical counter-cultural mores. Ultimately this would involve socio-economic and cultural networks leading to the establishment of small, tribal intentional communities. These could be as self-sufficient as possible, but could if they wished work in federation and co-operation with other tribal communities as they would mutually see fit. This scenario could be acted out among any communities or networks that take National Anarchism as a guiding principal. Therefore I see no reason why a Christian tribal community couldn't co-operate with a Muslim one (trade/barter/skills and resource sharing) or an English nationalist community with a black nationalist one or whatever. They would have the same goals albeit differently manifested, and of course an opposition to mainstream society and putting tribalism above everything else. Of course, the practicalities and legalities of the establishment of tribal communities will have to be addressed be those involved. National Anarchists and other radical nationalists know taking this road won't be easy.

National Anarchism is a pluralistic ideology that wishes to see all ways of life and identities (within broad limits) thrive. One sticking point for some is the issue of race. Many (most?) National Anarchists see race as one of the core factors to identity - and it is identity and everyone's right to their perceived own - which is at the core of National Anarchism. National Anarchists are not racial or ethnic supremacists and I would expect that all National Anarchists treat every human being with respect, courtesy and kindness. I try to treat everyone I meet with the kindness they deserve no matter who they are and what they look like (no I don't want a medal!) But I do understand those who, if they wish, want to live and associate among people who share their heritage and origin because they feel most comfortable with the familiar, others like themselves. It might have something to do with psychology (I'm no expert). No doubt to many race just isn't an issue and National Anarchists should be okay with this. Many people feel comfortable living alongside and associating with people of all races and this is fine. Certainly two different people of different races can share much in common: language, morals, religion, interests and tastes, sense of humour. But if skin colour is a factor for some in relation to bonding, kinship and social interaction then I respect that. Ultimately National Anarchists champion the right to be different - if you are not hurting anyone then what's the problem?

Obviously a fine line needs to be drawn by all radical nationalists about how much effort they devote to building counter-cultural lifestyles and how much they involve themselves agitating in the mainstream. At the same time, an intentional tribalist community could, if the need arises, subsidise its income by operating as a business, serving it's sympathetic periphery as well as those communities it is in federation with. So for example, an eco-nationalist smallholding which supports say three couples and their kids (who may or may not be home schooled) could, when the need arises, sell its surplus produce to the wider local 'mainstream' nationalist community - possibly through some nationalist business register. As a result the wider nationalist community becomes more independent, stronger and the merits of eco-nationalism are presented to mainstream nationalists in a positive and practical way. Likewise for all other communities and their supporters - green, red or whatever. Will these enterprises have to pay taxes to the neo-liberal governments? Well yes, but the advantages outweight the disadvantages I think.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Laying siege to London

Eric Pickles is rapidly becoming one of my favourite politicians (well I don't have many). Fresh from promoting England's traditional (i.e. real) counties, Mr. P (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) gave the nod for the Wyvern flag of Wessex to be flown outside his department's offices in London. Who would have thought that a regional flag of England would gain approval from central government? There are some that say the Wessex Wyvern is essentially the White Dragon emblem of Anglo-Saxon England, and there may be some truth in that assertion. But these days he is predominately associated with Wessex. Other traditional regions of England - Northumbria, Mercia, and East Anglia - have their own flags in any case.

Clearly there's some sort of nascent acknowledgement from the powers that be going on here. Since Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh devolution there has been rumblings of English nationalism and there always has been county/shire pride. Now it's fair to say we are witnessing stirrings of regionalism, so if the neo-liberals and centralists in London want to throw a crumb to the pitchfork wielding hoards, that's fine by me. Have we found a chink in the armour? Onward with the regionalist revolution. Let's see the St. Alban's Cross of Mercia and the rest get the respect they deserve too. Let's see them today as the rallying standards toward political, economic and cultural devolution.

Since we're on the subject of regionalism. I note that the Mercian Party has again re-registered with the Electoral Commission. Now I'd love to see a website...

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Secession - you know it makes sense

Good ideas are a mainstay of this new initiative: All Nations Party

It's similar to the equally refreshing New Resistance manifesto (see links)

Must try harder

Okay, I'm a bit slow off the mark with this, and maybe I shouldn't comment on something so trivial. But I just can't let a post on the News Biscuit satirical news site go without comment. So Eastleigh apparently "isn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, in Wessex at all." Hmm-if that's the case then why is it a few miles down the road from Wessex's long time capital Winchester? So where is Eastleigh if not Wessex? Certainly not in the Kingdom of the South Saxons (Sussex) - it's firmly in Hampshire.

Poor old Wessex. When people are not denying it's existence completely, they're lopping chunks out of it left, right and centre. One thing's for sure though: Wessex as a cultural entity is decidedly on the up. It's name is cropping up more and more in all spheres.

Whilst I'm having a moan this  news got up my nose. So 'whites' should have more babies. Why do we need to play the numbers game? Smaller nations have more of a sense of themselves don't they? There's not many nationalists on the ground in any case, so will a breeding programme make any difference? Besides, where are all these babies going to live when they grow up? Do you love your country so much that you want to see it covered in concrete? The UK has changed - there is no going back. Preserve your nation, but forget about being top dog. Constitutional nationalism has had it's day. Maybe it is time to adopt radical National Anarchist strategies...It's better than banging your head against that brick wall.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Cast adrift the Great Wen

News that that the 'King of the World' himself, Boris Johnson, is seeking tax raising and other powers for London (you know - the Great Wen  - that cist that gobbled up bits of Middlesex, Kent and Essex)  keeps English devolution on the political agenda. The Northern England devolution referendums were lost (good!) because they were set on the government's terms, did not take into account genuine regional identities, and ultimately would only have became just another layer of government. Cities (we're stuck with 'em) have largely forged their own identities and economies. So it is logical they should seek home rule. Like regional assemblies, city folk have, in the main, rejected elected mayors because they have no real power. Give local communities that power and they will snap 'em up!

Some nationalists ( I call them 'state-nationalists') reject regionalism because they see regionalists as doing the globalisers' dirty work for them - eroding national identity. I don't follow the logic. Genuine regionalists do not kow-tow to state agendas; they desire real political and economic power to be devolved to the regional level. Many regionalists (and certainly all National Anarchists) seek to take political power away from both the state and multi-state agencies to local communities. Real regionalists have no quarral with radical nationalists. They recognise nations as organic entities - historic peoples bound together through history, culture and other common ties - but they also realise that their common futures depend on 'smaller' cultural, political and economic units - within a wider national unity.The more power and identity is devolved, the harder it is for the neo-liberals and globalisers to get their way.

National Anarchists should recognise that millions of people today live in cities and that they will therefore identify with them. Many in modern cities have developed city farms and urban agricultural modes of self-sufficiency. Good! Local identities - old and new - should be championed by National Anarchists. But to those who really adhere to the National Anarchist vision (and there are not that many) Berrocscir's Banner says: esacape to the country!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A merry day!

May Day greetings to all radical nationalists and anti-globalists. As Mother Nature steps up a gear, it's worth remembering that today is a remarkable day  - it stretches back through humanity's folk memories and intertwines through our histories and cultures.  So greetings and all good wishes to all peoples and tribes of the world. May Day is our day. We mark and celebrate it differently and all through our glorious diversity.

It's interesting and comforting to know that May Day throughout the world has resisted corporate commodification. It remains a spontaneous and joyous celebration of all the folk of the planet and the multinationals and globalisers are unable to capture May Day and sell it back to us. Long may that remain so!

May Day is of and for all of us. It manifests itself and evolves organically through folklores and we express it depending on our own particular historic ritual.


Revolution from above?

Nice one Eric. Fresh from relaxing the flag flying laws, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles wants to rejuvenate our historic shires. I certainly approve of the language he uses, but it seems a bit rich considering it was the Tories who meddled with them in the first place. But I welcome the sentiment. I know National Anarchists shouldn't look to politicians to take the lead with cultural revival, but we can't be dogmatic - every little helps. Maybe this will start a spiral of devolution from the cultural sphere to the economic and political. Then from the authentic shires to the Hundreds and parishes. One can hope, eh?

Over the last few years I've noticed an irritating trend in adolescent graffiti i.e. marking their territory with postcodes. Well those codes have only been around for fifty years - our shires, villages and towns for a thousand plus. Surely a better foundation for expressions of loyalty?

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Staying with the Motherland

Last month's Falkland Islander's sovereignty referendum promoted a debate on Peter Lavelle's  CrossTalk on RT. I remember one guest - a chap from the Guardian - stressed that the result was invalid because the Islanders did not constitute a nation and as a consequence had no right to self-determination. As a National Anarchist I'm of the opinion that not only nations have this right - all social groups do too: religious groups, sub-nations, city dwellers, villagers, sub-cultural groups, neo- tribes, gays - whatever.  But this aside, are not the Falklanders a nation? A closely knit community with a common ancestry and Motherland? If they are not a nation themselves in the strictest sense then they are an outpost of one. Settlers who have developed into a sub-tribe with an identity of their own. Over generations they have worked hard and created a life and economy of their own. If they cannot decide their own destiny, who can?

As a  National Anarchist I would have preferred the Falkland Islanders to have declared independence, but that's obviously not up to me. They made the decision to stay bound to the UK, and I in the Motherland respect and accept them for that.

A slogan for our times...
Following on from the post on William Cobbett last month, writing in 1821 the great man said: "We want great alteration, but we want nothing new." Something many National Anarchists would today concur with? As a lover of tradition, hearth and home, I do.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Howay man! Get on that ballot!

What with the Wessex Regionalists leading the way, it'll be nice to see other English regionalists and autonomists following suit. The upcoming South Shields by-election (polling day probably 2 May) provides a good opportunity for a Northumbrian candidate to enter the electoral fray. Northumbrian advocates keep threatening to establish a Northumbrian Party and a while back it looked on the cards - now it seems off again. What about some firebrand Northumbrian activist standing as an independent on a Northumbrian regionalist/independence ticket? A candidate with Northumbrian pride on the agenda could light that touch paper! Sometimes history just needs a nudge!

Northumbria is an English region with a huge sense of identity, culturally, linguistically. There's a big potential for a movement there along the lines of Wessex, East Anglia and Kernow - authentic regionalism based in roots and pride. This blog is a good starting point for all things Northumbrian.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Peter Porcupine makes two fifty

Whilst I was dipping into Richard Ingrams' The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett over the weekend it occurred to me that this month marks the 250th anniversary of the great man's birth. I have always been intrigued by Cobbett ever since my school history lessons, and I've always been ashamed I don't know more about him. At school I remember thinking that here was a man with a vision of England that appealed to me more than one of workers' soviets and red flags flying from imposing factories, but gradually I pushed Bill to the back of my mind and down the Leftist path I trod.  
What Cobbett would make of National Anarchism and similar currents it is impossible to say, but we National Anarchists and other radical nationalists surely share much of his views, even if his world and ours are so different. Cobbett's patriotic radicalism is not so different from our own nor his love of his people, but not what was happening to them. His dislike of increasing industrialism and urbanisation is one I believe most National Anarchists concur with too. His advocacy of the cottage economy and self-sufficiency, together his opposition to 'big' capitalism in favour of the small producer and tradesman can certainly be aligned with the distributist ideas that came after him and still influences radical nationalism today.

Cobbett's 250th birthday is a good excuse to revisit his ideas have them inspire national radicals today.


On This Day

Today is Lady Day and apart from the religious significance, it is one of the quarter days of old England. For those National Anarchists who base their tribalism on common origins and collective heritage (and I accept some choose not to) our folk calendars provide timely reminders of our identity. As Ray Davies sang - Thank you for the days.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Fancy a pint?

This news item speaks for itself but I would add that the growth of small breweries in the UK is a very welcome development in this age of corporate omnipresence. I hope community ownership of pubs becomes commomplace in the near future.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

We few

As I feared, the Wessex Regionalists didn't exactly cause a political earthquake in Eastleigh last Thursday. In fact they recorded their lowest ever result with Colin Bex securing 30 votes. But it's still better than 20 or 25! I had hoped in the absence of a Green candidate that Colin might have picked up more, but maybe Jim Duggan of the Peace Party did for that (he got 128 votes) But, as no doubt Mr. Bex would tell us, the WRs didn't stand for the maximum vote - they stood to get their ideas of localism, regionalism and agrarianism to a wider audience. And they did indeed garner a good amount of local and national press coverage with Colin even appearing on Newsnight sparring with Lord Ashdown! Hits to their website look like they've jumped considerably. Job done, £500 well spent. The WRs have announced they are looking to stand a candidate in each of the eight shires of Wessex at the 2015 General Election (they need to find £4k just for starters then!) All of course to boost Wessex consciousness and the Small is Beautiful idea.

Over a pint last night a friend of mine was of the opinion that the WRs are on to a loser because "There's no sense of a Wessex consciousness" and there is far, far more loyalty to the shires. Certainly true in the case of county loyalty and a good thing too as I'm sure the WRs would concur. But while I sympathised, I disagreed that the Wessex name is meaningless it is used by hundreds of businesses, it crops up a lot in the sporting world and other organisations, and yes - Thomas Hardy certainly helped!

If we are going to have a regionalist revolution let's at least base it in history and heritage. For radical nationalists and our fellow travellers the parish is paramount, but as the WRs put it themselves, regions are big enough to cope, small enough to care. And let's not have the politician's 'South-West' - the only way is Wessex!

News from Italia

Looking up last's week's Italian General Election results on a well known on-line encyclopedia, I noticed that the autonomous nationalist(ish) Casapound movement picked up 47,000 votes. News to me - I was hitherto unaware that they even took part in the electoral process. Not speaking the lingo, I don't know the details. But from what I gather Casapound are a real social movement - running social centres, organising gigs and sporting and cultural activities and all from a radical nationalist perspective. I'm not keen on reported fisticuffs with opponents and attempting to break up rival political meetings however. Come on lads, it's not the 1930s! Concentrate your energies on building the positive alternatives you excel at. Ignore your detractors, leave them behind and work for your people.

47,000 is not an insignificant number. Imagine if those votes were converted into activists. Things would be pretty interesting in Italia.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Bex speaks!

The irrepressible Colin Bex, President of the Wessex Regionalists, has been campaigning in the Eastleigh by-election. Maybe his election slogan should be ALL POWER TO THE PARISH COUNCILS! Sounds good to me.

Ladbrokes currently have him at 500/1 which is better odds than all the joke candidates, but somehow I think he might not get past the assorted loons. It'll probably be a low turnout and the Labour vote might go to the Lib Dems. I suspect Colin remains undeterred however. Of course, real radicals don't put their faith in the electoral farce, but we - and Mr. Bex - know we can sneak into the enemy camp to bang the drum for our alternative visions, whatever they may be. Elements of the Wessex Regionalists' 100 Pledges have an echo to them which could appeal to National Anarchists and NAs must side with all decentralists against the centralists. There are two other candidates (UKIP and English Democrats) which it could be argued are on the decentralist road, but not as far along it as Mr. Bex. The WRs party colours are green and gold: I suspect green for the green fields and woodland and gold for glorious seas of wheat. That's a world that I, and I would guess many other National Anarchists, find appealing.
Vote often, vote Regionalist!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Flying the flag for regionalism

Quick off the mark for once, Berrocscir's Banner notices that Colin Bex is to stand as the Wessex Regionalist candidate at the Eastleigh by-election on the last day of this month. Yes, Eastleigh deep in South Hampshire - famous for it's Jutish heritage. No, I jest - Eastleigh is as much in Wessex as Dorchester, Bristol, Winchester or Salisbury!

I wish Mr Bex all the very best and if I lived in the constituency, he'd certainly get my vote. The trouble with by-elections, however, is the tendency for every Tom, Dick and Harry to come out to play. So if Colin reaches three figures, he'd have done very well. He last stood in the Prime Minister's patch - where a load of others wanted a pop at Dave too, so he must relish a fight.

It's none of my business what the electoral strategy of the Wessex Regionalists is. Maybe, as the small party they are, they just stand when and where opportunities arise given their resources, and get a bit of publicity out of it. This is understandable enough. If you and your comrades wanted to start getting decent votes though, you would pick an area - maybe with one of you there on the ground. Get your mates over two Satuardays a month for a stall in town and a bit of leafletting. Write letters to the local press, do a newsletter, do good works, get in the paper, talk to people (a lot of people) with a clipboard in hand. Then stand two or three years later...But there's no harm in standing when the situation arises if you've got £500 to spare. The WRs are flying the Regionalist flag by standing in Eastleigh and if they can get a leaflet drop done (detailing their radical alternative) it'll be worth it for Wessex and worth it for regionalism.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Meanwhile...back in the real world

Last year I posted for a while regarding the national liberation struggle in Northern Mali (Azawad) by the Tuareg separatist MNLA. My hope then was that they would secure an independent Tuareg state with full rights and self-determination for Azawad's ethnic minorities. But MNLA gains were soon hijacked by religious imperialists.

Now the French are on the ground with their superior and insurmountable military might - that's the reality. The MNLA say they will work alongside them against Ansar Dine et al. Does this make the MNLA lapdogs to imperialism? Maybe dogmatists would say yes, but free thinking supporters of national liberation and seccession would say no - the MNLA are realists and pragmatists, knowing their weaknesses as well as their strengths. It would be easy for bourgeois politicos (and maybe I have a case to answer!) to write off the MNLA as opportunists, globalist lackeys, but they are only doing what they must given the circumstances.

My hope now is for the dust to settle quickly and for the MNLA to begin talks with Bamako - possibly with the French facilitating. It won't be plain sailing, but it will be worth it if it secures greater autonomy for the Tuareg and other ethnic groups in Azawad.

Comic capers

The other day I was browsing the politics section of a large mainstream (not radical) bookshop. They had a copy of a comic book (are we supposed to call them graphic novels now?) about the Occupy movement and sort of the Left libertarian cause in general. A lot of fisticuffs in it, and from what I remember it was quite approving of revolutionary violence. My first thoughts were that if it were from a nationalist perspective, no way in a million years would it make it onto a mainstream bookshelf. My attention was also drawn to the beginning of the book where a brief history of the world was depicted...Very pro-tribal! Roman empire the baddies - European tribes the goodies. Tribal ways of life were presented in a positive way. So I say "Go with it comrades!" If tribal societies were good 2000 years ago - then why not now?