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...