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.