Monday, 26 March 2012

Back to Basics? - Part One

 Back to Basics? - Part One

When it comes to figuring out where British nationalism (as a counter-culture) should head in the future, I always tend to struggle.

Although I try and recollect various concepts and ideas which have resonated with me, it seems that no matter how many times I try and make a start at compiling them together into a coherent mass, it becomes impossible grasp hold of.

Therefore, what I will try and do instead is create a compendium of things which may (or may not) be worthy of further consideration. They are not necessarily all my own insights or observations, but ones from a range of sources and a range of individuals too.

I think our current situation with nationalism in Britain suggests that no matter which route we are taking, we are all struggling to create a better movement and a better society for ourselves.

Although many things are out of our hands or a product of accrued baggage, something has to be going wrong with at least some of our approaches and strategies. Not all, but some. 

I am not talking about 'politics' versus 'campaigns' or such things as that. I am talking more about the fundamental shape and form of what we are doing and how we are going about it.

We are not permeating the national psyche any where near enough (all year around), and most often when they do see and hear us, it is either the worst possible example or something which people flick over or toss to one side because they are (or have become) much more fatigued over hearing about it.

We still do not seem to be clever enough, articulate enough, smooth enough or precise enough when it comes to what we are aiming for and how we might need to hit the target. Nor must we be properly understanding the dynamics of society at the present time, how to operate in such a society or how to project ourselves into that society.

We still tend to fall into the same traps and cycles time after time, we still tend to carry on with the same platforms and same ideas without considering their merits or flaws; and we are often not learning the many lessons already given to us by our opponents or from our own internal history as a movement. For example, the endless re-fracturing of political groups.

We often do not seem to be looking into how to win the wider war or what may be necessary to win this counter cultural battle either. Instead, we tend to just plough on regardless, in a chaotic fashion, in the hope that the masses will seek us out, sympathise with us and reach out to us as things get ever worse.

We therefore have a problem. Energies may be being focussed on the wrong activities, key people may be in the wrong roles, the chaotic element of our widespread structure leaves us weak and ineffective, as does the stubbornness that burns so many bridges and forces a never ending 'renewal' from scratch.

It is not always comfortable to admit there may be something completely and fundamentally wrong in what we are doing.We are all generally resistant to changing our ways and our outlooks.

The culture of nationalism is somewhat set. You come into it, you get institutionalised into it (whether it be the actions, the language, the style, the methodology) and as a result of the institutionalisation you come to see no other way.

Within that, we all have our little variants - whether that be what suits us as individuals, or in terms of chosen sub-methodology. We are all on our own pathways, our own 'journeys', our own different levels and comprehensions. We all move through different circles as we go along. That is the natural progression of life.

When it comes to nationalists then, there is therefore no shared ground that everyone understands simultaneously. We are all at different stages and thus have different opinions on some subjects, but we do share the same overall cause and desires which keep us bracketed together as 'nationalists'. This commonality is the bit to focus on the most.

The otherwise disjointed nature makes it hard to pull together a united front. It makes it hard for us to agree. It makes it hard for us to assess where we might be going wrong. We are forever like cats fighting in a sack, we are forever splitting ourselves into fragments, poaching each other through endless reformations and reincarnations. 

I will admit that it is not easy sitting by whilst another sub-group does what in your eyes is 'damage' to our prospects. It is not easy to sit by and not comment on how another group is being wrong-headed or how individuals have run things into the ground.

At times, I admit that I would have great personal difficulty in unconditionally supporting particular groups or sitting idly by whilst watching somebody try and steer genuine nationalists into UKIP, or UKIP style ideologies for example, or conversely, some kind of paramilitary wing or whatever. This is human nature. We all wish to defend our turf and what we believe in.

I do not know how to move on from those kinds of schisms, but what I do hope for is less attack, more mutual respect and agreement on our differences, then working out where we can all play a part together as things stand - despite those differences.

We are better off just accepting them and moving on. Where we differ, we need to explain why (from the perspective of winning an argument) instead of attacks and insults. The better ideology has to win, in a clean fight. I hope it is one which is more than one-dimensional (ie more than Islam) and inclusive of ethnic preservation of our people, but there you go. 

In terms of general nationalism, every day there is a new story, every day there is a new example of what is going wrong, every day there is a new sleight against us to get pent up about or get resigned to disaster over.

We have therefore long since slipped into forever writing in retrospect, being reactive and knee jerk.

This is what nationalism seems to be - all the time. A permanent narrative of there being no future for us, only the past and the yearning for the past.

Is it any wonder we all tend to be depressed and getting resigned to our fate?! 

It is a wholly negative and self destructive activity. We are psychologically preparing ourselves for it before it happens, thus inadvertently easing the way for it to happen.

How to we get out of this trap? How do we change ourselves and change our circumstances that make us bear this trait? Those are the questions I think we must start to ask. 

Is it time for a new dynamic in nationalism? I think it has to be.

At the very least we have to consider what to concentrate on and what to drop. What techniques to use, what to avoid. What discourse to use, what to avoid. At the moment it seems to be far too incoherent as a whole.

Even some of the trend-setters cannot agree though. Some people I respect in the field of the New Right are advocating a direct racial identitarian way forward (of a wholly new direction to what has gone before), yet at the same time, others from the same conferences and debates are saying that overtly white preservationist platforms are dead.

I do not know which way to jump, but I genuinely think that there is a potential for a completely new way forward in some shape or format, even though it may be very hard to establish or ever get off the ground.

It will be hard because we will have to think critically about ourselves and how the wider world around us currently works, rather than how we would like it to currently work.

I am not smart enough to devise this on my own, it has to be a team effort. I am not a philosopher, nor am I an academic, an investigator of methodology, a strategist, a psychologist or anything else. I am just another 'average person' who has some opinions.

When it comes to my own on-line input, I will hold my hand up and admit that my general tones and approach in recent years could be surmised as depressing, exasperated, defeatist, insecure, always looking to the past and recounting what we have lost. It has been generally fused with the air of futility, impossibility, negativity. 

This is quite natural for us though really, because we are fearful of the current state of play and even more fearful of what is to come. This is because we have much to be fearful of.  

However, when it comes to our cause (and our model) is this sole focus and activity all that wise?

Is this viewpoint, this nationalist culture, this discourse, this language, this bullheadedness, this infighting, this attitude, this approach the best we have to offer?

Has it got the ingredients in it for success? I think not.

For various personal and selfish reasons, I have been having to think about this too. However, I may get on to that later.

I think there has to be two levels, that of encouraging support by stating what is at stake (and the urgency needed to counter the problems) - and also that level of being seen as a more coherent and more encompassing movement which emanates a new way of moving forward with this country and creates a new destiny for it.

That last level would be the more practical, down to earth, "real" and mundane side, if you like.

As a nation, it seems that there is no sense of drive or sense of vision about where we are going or how we want to be. Even Vince Cable recently suggested that this is the case, and I think it is up to us to try and establish one and give people something to desire. The time of the 'old parties' and old ways is nearly over, so ours needs to begin.

The endless doom we tend to peddle is not everybody's idea of something to back or lend support to.

People do not want to place their bets and put their efforts on the most tired and old horse at the race track, people want to back a winner and be part of something 'on the up' and leading to better times. I think we seriously need to look at that aspect of our output and atmosphere.

We are falsely known for being extremists, but when it comes to outlooks we certainly are at the extreme ends of the spectrum at times when it comes to our internal nationalism and its outlook. The majority of us seem to be 'nay-sayers' and pessimists, whilst on the other end there seems to be the occasional head in the cloud optimist types.

The "naysayers" are damaging because, to them, nothing at all is worthwhile or achievable. They often sit well with the 'worse is better' pedallers, for whom all is futile until that magical major collapse and spark of civil unrest develops.

It seems that nationalists have been saying this 'worse is better' mantra this since the 1960s and 1970s though.

It does not take a genius to work out that, so far, worse has only ever got worse since that time. We have just become weaker, more alienated, more resigned to the fate. It seems to have been a convenient excuse for them not really doing anything all these decades, only wait around for that collapse moment.

To me, the 'worse is better' mantra is absolute nonsense. Whole swathes of the country have been colonised or 'race replaced' and our kin folk are the subject of brutal and savage attacks every day of the week. My own town is over 30% Asian already, there is no sign whatsoever of any uprising here. Nor is there really any sign of it anywhere else. The slow suffocation continues apace.

For this reason (and others) I think we have to change this opinion people have in our ranks. I think we have to work at creating a new paradigm, a new national shift, something fit for purpose to command that victory should the day ever arrive - not wait for some event to happen then scramble like crazy to stake a claim.

On the other side to naysayers and 'worse is better' merchants are the over-optimists and believers in our own hype.

They are damaging in other ways. They tend to pretend too much, stretch success and gains much too far, tell supporters and the electorate that we are going to get x-many MPs elected, that a major turn is just around the corner, or that a new petition or campaign will significantly alter the course of the future.......

Naturally, when that well meaning hot air evaporates, when the idea that we were 'in good shape' becomes laughable, the movement is again left deflated. It damages morale even further.

When this happens, people often turn into naysayers because their work, drive and optimism has been thwarted - and the existing naysayers tend to further gravitate towards 'worse is better' magic bullet dreams. The downward spiral continues.

Surely there has to be a middle way?!

Although I started off pretty positive as a nationalist, I have been part of the naysayer culture in recent years. I suppose the more you enter the 'rabbit hole' and the more you appreciate the scale of the problems and the more you educate yourself on them, the more depressed you will tend to get.

I do not know if I will ever manage to snap out of my malaise. I don't know whether I can change what has been my 'model' for the best part of 5 years. I don't know where I can muster up some positivity and good news from. 

But, the thing is, I have come to realise that it is important that I try and do so and encourage others to do so. Not only for myself and my mental well being, but for all of us.

Personally speaking, the only way I can do this right now is to look for how we might stand a better chance - and by reminding myself of some of the values and virtues that brought me to nationalism.

I have always been what many would probably call 'old Labour' and 'socialist', but in addition, I have leant towards libertarianism and paleoconservatism. Reassuring myself of some of these things and telling myself I am still on the right tracks is the only way I can carry on at the moment, because I am starting to get pretty lost in it all (and, to be frank, past giving a monkeys). 

If I cannot remain positive about something, then I am afraid I am nothing but a dead weight which should be dropped before I drag others under with me. It is better that I disappear from view, than it is me sapping everybody else's drive and energy to try and get things done.

All of these suggestions or observations which I will go into throughout the future instalments of this series may be misguided. They may all be 'pie in the sky' or 'clasping at straws'. They may well be all far too late. It all may be a waste of time and effort. I may never actually formulate it. But what other option is there? 

I have said before that for the sake of my own life and my own sanity I may have to switch off and never come back. That is the only other alternative for me, personally.

I was only thinking the other week that my brother (who is not at all a nationalist) is much more of a nationalist than I am. Why is this? It is because he has a wife and three lovely children. I have neither a wife or any children. Far from it, in fact.

Much of the time that I should have spent building such a life for myself has been squandered on writing nonsense on the internet. How very sad it is to realise this too!

What I am suggesting here is that you have to learn to have some life-balance and remember to be practical in normal ways, not necessarily locked in your house being obsessed with the cause and the daily feed of (depressing) information.

There are other ways of helping do your bit than attend meetings or go leafleting. Have children, promote your values, set up a youth club or activities for your friends and family, etc, just don't allow things to slink down the plughole because there is little else on your mind than the doom which lay ahead.

Aside from sheer demographics, how are the Muslims 'taking over' my town? They are simply doing all the things we used to do on a societal level. They tend to help each other out as a group, they support each others business, the have community events for themselves, social gatherings, religious meetings, set up their own schools, embed their beliefs, secure funding for projects etc.

Coming home today from work last week was a prime example of a town of extremes:

On one side of the road were about twenty Muslims preparing to go into the mosque down the road for Friday prayers. A few yards up the road on the other side were a pretty 'impoverished' looking white couple in their 40's supping cans of special brew and arguing with each other over something as they staggered down the pavement. It wasn't even 1.30pm.

Although I would not cite it as a common occurrence, to me, it is depicting of a wider scenario. Our side in this town are looking ever more dishevelled, oddball, freakish, depressed, losing hope and losing advantage. The 'middle class' element that remains are usually busy, frowning, scowling or moping over trivialities - or what may be (ironically) the hard work they do which is allowing us to pay for the replacers.

The Asians are seeing the fruits of their labour - the shops are mostly theirs, most of the areas in town are now theirs, they are enjoying their 'culture' and the fact that they are expanding and taking over. It suits them, it suits their ways and society. It is comfortable for them. They are all smiles - the sense of victory and 'on the up' is entirely theirs. 

Seeing both sides on a trajectory like this makes me feel very bitter. It is more than cruel to have to watch this situation roll out.

It is not that I resent them being able to smile when I have not been smiling very much, it is the relentless shift from one civilisation of people to another. It is the situation that annoys me. 

With all this, and a daily diet of nationalist doom, I can see myself becoming mentally ill if I stay on my present course for too long. I have therefore had to try and come to terms with the situation going on, no matter how much I dislike it. I have had to try and find peace with myself about it - which is very difficult to try and do. 

There is only so much you can bang your head against a wall before you give yourself brain damage or lose your sanity though. I am quite sure this diet of endless doom and self questioning can make you 'mad' or extremely eccentric.

However, in the meantime to me having a potential switch off, to keep me ticking over before I either go loopy or lose all faith in the ideology or cause, I would rather try and encourage a new arm of the nationalist paradigm to emerge.

I would rather we regained the positive curve and bounced back with something much more magnificent than we have seen so far.

I would rather finish a couple of projects I have in mind, compile all my collected nationalist material (for what it is worth) and leave behind something worthy than something unworthy of being carried forth. I have invested too much time and effort to do anything else.

After all, I have collected too much media and information to just hit the "delete" and "empty recycle bin" buttons in order to plug myself back into the Matrix.

I am not quite sure how to start, but in the next instalments I will attempt to throw some things I have been thinking about in recent weeks onto the table. Ideally, I really need to read a few books which I think may be helpful or interesting contributions to the way forward (such as the new-right ones from Artkos store etc), but I might just have to "wing it".

After all, they are just suggestions and various observations aimed at prompting some discussion or thought, I am not saying they are right! Most of it though, I suspect, is going to be obvious stuff that is common sense -but hopefully it will still provide a bit of clarity.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with the worse is better scenario is a bad one, I never really understood it. Some people once their town is flooded with third world immigrants might wake up but I don't think a tidal wave of support would happen. All you have to do is look at South Africa as a example.