Sunday, 11 September 2016

Be prepared

Many of us have interests we fear make us look decidedly nerdish and I will confess mine here. For the last few years I've been a keen novice prepper. I won't elaborate too much as I don't really feel qualified to. Besides, there are dozens of websites, blogs and youtube channels dedicated to prepping where interested parties can have their questions answered.

I know prepping can be held up to ridicule, but I recommend the basics to anti-globalists. I don't know what the future holds, but if socio-economic upheaval does happen then being a half-clued up prepper would be advantageous.

I only have a simple Bug-out bag - a basic kit for emergencies, and if there's a power cut, I'm sorted for illumination with my solar charging kit (pictured).

My aim is to go totally off-grid, but that's some way off. I think prepping and off-gridding is something nationalists of all shades should consider. So too is growing vegetables. I started an allotment this year and have found it both rewarding and productive. Stocking up on clothing and toiletries are things I've started recently also.

Away from prepping, years ago I made the conscious decision as an anti-globalist to buy clothing and footwear from charity shops, jumble sales and car boots.

Small steps like these can help in weening we nationalists off our dependence on the globalist/consumerist machine we want rid of.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Where now for the Alt-Right? As you were...

I remember experiencing, during my younger days as a leftist, periodic bouts of gleeful optimism. This or that initiative or strategy took off to my delight, only to fizzle out miserably a short time later and leaving me, like Wolfie Smith, dejected.

I've been reminded of that this past week in the aftermath of Hillary's Reno speech on the Alt-Right. Now don't misunderstand me, I think it's been great. The Alt-Right army has arrived and it could be about to mobilise up a gear towards the great culture war. But no Alt-Righter, from the Field-Marshals to the auxiliaries like myself need any lecturing on hubris. We just don't know what is going to happen.

I think I'm on message with what the veterans and High Command of the Alt-Right see it as and although a raw recruit I view myself as a loyalist to their core values. However I think it would be a tactical mistake to enforce orthodoxy on the numerous currents in and/or aligned to the Alt-Right - at least at this stage. Our focus now should be challenging the leftist-liberal hegemony that controls the western social narrative. This can be enacted without rigid ideology or a list of boxes to tick. If someone calls themselves Alt-Right but as far as you're concerned they're not, don't pick fights with them. It's of no importance, let them do their thing and you concentrate on yours. Learn from the past and avoid infighting. By all means debate when time permits and seek to educate your comrades, but don't let that become your sole activity. The main task and focus is challenging liberalism and liberals, that's it. Social movements historically develop and refine over time. The great reform movements of the nineteenth century were multifaceted and varied as were the socialist movements in the twentieth. Over time vanguards and elites emerged which bought orthodoxy, but that was only when they were on the verge of social/political power after many years in opposition. The Alt-Right is nascent and no faction should seek to gain the rights to the label, even though they may have a strong case.

Regarding immediate tasks ahead I hope the Alt-Right will develop into a multifaceted, diverse counter-culture, free of squabbles, uninterested in minor points of disagreement, focussing it's energy on moving the Overton window in our general direction. I hope the Alt-Right grows organically and new elements within it appear adding momentum and ideas. Furthermore I look forward to other currents like the National-Anarchists, Identitarians and the more orthodox nationalist formations joining in dialogue with us and for all factions to act in a fraternal, non-sectarian manner. Unity in diversity should be our watchword and taking on the liberals in the potential great cultural battles ahead should be foremost in our minds, not ideological purity.

The best of both worlds?

Some of us traditionalist agrarians and tribalist greens sneer at industrialism, mass production, consumerism and consumption - and with good reason. If anything was primarily responsible for divorcing us from our tribal heritage and lineage, it is modernity, urbanism and technological 'advancement' that they imply. We like to tell ourselves we will have no need for such baubles once we get our autonomous villages up and running. Tilling our motherland alongside our kindred will be a real tonic for the soul - and (we like to tell ourselves) this will redeem us in the eyes of our ancestors. But on many levels, would our forefathers swap their hardships for our creature comforts if they could?

Of course, many of today's technologies (though possibly brilliant in themselves) are socially and spiritually useless. But what about those that aren't? We could work a field with a couple of fine shires and a sturdy plough, but won't the nags deserve a good vet, and where would the plough be forged and how will the ore be extracted? Yes, our ancestors worked all that out three or four millennia ago. They mastered husbandry and bred good stock. But knowing what we know, let's be honest, we would prefer a tractor would we not? I'm no expert, but doesn't making a tractor imply advanced specialised production methods? Our village networks are going to have to be on the ball to make them, maintain and repair them - then there's the fuel...We might have to grow a lot of sunflower (and don't you have to mix it with diesel?) We could see to our energy needs at village level - but we would need specialised, outside technology to begin with. This requires centralisation and a strong reactionary elite in the city-states.

Let's be honest - you'll have to be one hard-core green anarchist not to want to get the very best medical care and treatment should you ever need it. Yes, there is merit in the  argument that many of today's ailments are caused by industrial-technological society itself, and that these ailments can be alleviated by half forgotten and trusted folk remedies. But what if you got something serious? I'd want to see a specialist. But can't we have the best of both worlds? Would we noble savages be selling out if we sought a happy medium between our bucolic folkdoms and socially useful, progressive technologies? After the counter-revolution our reactionary elites should adopt a 'hands-off' approach toward the peasant caste in the rustic provencies of the empire. They could legitimately demand their cut of our yield in return for our protection, but a good ruler would let us villagers think we were the boss. The Emperor would instruct his ministers to pass decrees that fostered the development only of those technologies that were proven to be of use to the nation as a whole, and importantly, we will return to the old days when things were built to last and easily repaired.

I would welcome a debate within emerging eco-nationalist/tribalist circles on technology. How can we develop  practical, working theories that strike a healthy balance between simple, socially-useful, hardy technology and the agrarian primacy which truly national societies necessitate?