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.