Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Gaia, her lands and her tribes

I have spoken on a couple of occasions here of my frustration with the liberal-left's monopoly on, and default 'ownership' of, green ideas, ecology and environmentalism. Eco-socialism had (at least in the UK) gained control of mainstream green politics by the end of the 1990s, but there were always dissenting voices. Richard Hunt had developed Green theories with a distinct non-PC, tribalistic angle in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. More recently, in his book Green Philosophy, Roger Scruton argues that Green ideas have a natural home in conservatism. However, the old joke of the Green Party as the 'watermelon party' (green on the outside, red on the inside) continues to ring true.

I once harboured fantasies of a patriotic/nationalist cadre gaining a foothold in the Green Party, but I have long since given up on such a scenario. I remember reading a comment by a Green Party activist some years ago which read something like "we get those types of people from time to time and we deal with them and they leave".

Whilst nationalist groups have, to varying degrees, included some form of Green/environmentalist content in their platforms, and while the wider Alt-Right and Identitarian milieus do not - as far as I know - emphasise (or at least mention) Green issues, at least one nationalist and patriot is now attempting to rectify this. Cornishman Oliver Siochana has begun a one man mission to establish the Gaian Regenerative Party with its philosophy and policy being what he calls Gaian nationalism. This is a healthy blend of nationalism, deep green philosophy, ecology, permaculture, vegan lifestyle, patriotism and tribalism. This is a very promising venture - as after all - nationalism and Green ideals go hand-in-hand. A founding cornerstone of nationalism is the concept of homeland. To achieve a tangible sense of homeland an ancestral territory was required with its own unique, flourishing natural environment. Its people first developed a sense of nationhood, and saw themselves as a distinct and separate tribe, by living in the bosom of their land, as an organic extension of it, and that of course is the gaian philosophy. A people and their homeland became one entity. Stewardship of the land gave the tribes a sense of continuity, as their fathers stewarded the same plot. Different peoples were moulded to their different environments and thus became distinct parts of nature in Gaia's natural order.

Modernity and urbanism have deracinated us from our true tribal habitats and we are losing touch with the concept of homeland - at least in the west. If we begin adopting permaculture and other methods in sync with Gaia, maybe our tribal instincts will receive a boost.

Berrocscir's Banner wishes Mr. Siochana much luck and looks forward to watching the GRP take off. The campaign starts with GRP events in Penzance on the 2nd September and in Falmouth on the 10th. Details can be found on the party's website. You can also find out more by visiting the GRP's youtube channel.