Sunday, 27 July 2014

Get in the Zone

The concept of Pioneer Little Europes (PLEs)* - tribal intentional communities - has been gaining currency within radical national circles for some time. Now the newer idea of 'Local Resistance Zones' is being talked about. Yours Truly, being the old hippy he is, believes this moniker to be a tad confrontational, but I still see merit in the idea. LRZs are about nationalists (or anyone for that matter) fostering an identity within a given area (either one they occupy already or one they decide to move to to). Establishing such an identity could begin to be achieved through setting up civic organisations and sustained activity with a nationalist/tribalist ethos. Possibly this would involve nationalist/tribalist cultural, sporting activities and clubs, the arts, music and drama, maybe with an educational slant. Flag flying and murals could add to the feeling of separateness and independence, belonging and pride. Of course, in time, influence could be felt in existing political structures. Nurturing nationalist businesses and farms, working with others of likemind, and developing nationalist networks to reduce dependency on global trade and consumerism are also possible medium-to-long term projects.

LRZs, their supporters argue, would become unattractive to those outside the tribe in question and eventually the LRZ will develop into a homeland. Of course, National Anarchists would support this idea if it were applied to all 'tribes', however defined, and would further argue that the notion of re-establishing some kind of indigenous English state is pure fantasy. Better for radical nationalists to work toward tribal hegemony in given areas and consolidating them into cohesive cultural/tribal units. Any ambition to have LRZs as some launchpad to some ethno takeover, is, frankly, imperialism. Call me defeatist, but even if it could be argued that England could somehow be 'reclaimed' for the indigenous and that LRZs are legitimate vessels for national liberation - it ain't gonna happen. The stakes are too high and a protracted period of misery and fear would likely result. As a National Anarchist I want no part of that. Real national liberation involves working on new strategies that can work. PLEs and LRZs could be just the examples we need to salvage a tribal way of life free from cosmopolitanism, neo-liberalism, modernity, consumerism and One Worldism. Each to their own.

LRZs could adopt the tactics of, or even merge with the Transition Town movements as this would help move toward economic autarky, which is essential.

I welcome the fact that a radical idea like LRZs are being seriously considered by radical nationalist cadre. If LRZs become a major aim of radical nationalists then exciting times lie ahead.

*Or Africas and Asias obviously.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

A riot of regions

Being the cynic I am I don't think that the Scots will vote yes in the Scottish independence referendum in a couple of months. But I DO think a large minority will - maybe 40 to 45%. Of course, London will then, duty bound, bestow Devo Max (more powers to Edinburgh). Whatever the result, the 18th September could well deliver up strengthened calls for devolution and autonomy right across these islands. In Scotland itself Auld Reekie will become the new London and we could see Shetland and Orkney pulling at the leash along with the Islands, Highlands and the Borders with the Lallands finding a stronger voice still.

Logically, Devo Max, and certainly full independence for Scotland, will furnish a serious boost for Wales and Kernow. The latter, especially, surely emboldened by the recent official recognition of its nationhood from the powers that be (good of them, that!) could edge closer to autonomy. There's more to Welsh nationalism than Plaid Cymru, with a large spectrum of national voices, including regional ones in the north. Greater Welsh autonomy could open up a new politics in Wales, nurtured by wider British devolution. In England too there are new emerging calls for greater regional autonomy right across the political spectrum from the Wessex Regionalists to the Socialist Workers Party England. It's encouraging also, that de-urbanisation and pro-rural bias are to the fore. Yorkshire devolution is really on a roll, and wider northern voices are picking up steam from the Free North Campaign to the Hannah Mitchell Foundation. What's with the ghastly named North East Party? Where's that? Northumberland and Durham, I would have thought would suffice.

The Mercian Party exist and other Mercian movements are active, so there's much potential in the midlands. The Wessex Regionalists appear reinvigorated in recent times and could well stand its largest number of candidates at next year's General Election since 1983. However, areas where autonomy movements appear lacking where they shouldn't include Kent (that proud shire with a great culture and dialect), East Anglia and Sussex. Hopefully the Scottish impact will kick start something in these regions. Obviously county pride has never been higher, so let's hope that plays a part in a new England.

Of course, regional identity can overlap. If Dumnonia rises, those in West Wessex who feel drawn can rally to it. I see no reason for conflict. Devolution means enough room for a myriad of identities in increasing autonomous areas. A National Anarchist vision could see a Devon made up of Wessex villages with settlements down the road with allegiance to Dumnonia or just Devon.The regions have had enough imperialism from London so they don't need any home grown varieties! All ways are real. Although the 18th September presents regionalists with an opportunity, the real lesson of the Scottish independence referendum is that the regions don't need to wait for state directives. The public mood is shifting their way - so regionalists should just get on with things and increasingly they are...And we National Anarchists can help. The real tragedy, however, for the Scots, is that even if they do break from London they will still be shackled to Brussels. Where's the logic in that?