Saturday, 18 September 2010

PART 7: THE GREEN REPLENISHMENT



"An avenue of trees had stood there. They were all gone. And looking with dismay up the road towards Bag End they saw a tall chimney of brick in the distance. It was pouring out black smoke into the evening air." - J.R.R. Tolkien


"Capitalism can no more be 'persuaded' to limit growth than a human being can be 'persuaded' to stop breathing. Attempts to 'green' capitalism, to make it 'ecological', are doomed by the very nature of the system as a system of endless growth." - Murray Bookchin

"One day the sewage of the cities will cease to be poured into the rivers, and will be returned to the land, to grow fine food for the people. One day salmon will leap again in the clear waters of a London river; and human work will be creative, and joyful. One day the soul of man, shut in upon itself during the long centuries of economic struggle, will arise in the light of the sun of truth." - Henry Williamson



WHILST the modern world appears to be in a state of great disarray, the perpetual relevance of nature both as a guide and a source of inspiration continues to invite our utmost respect and admiration. Sadly, however, the vast majority of people have become alienated from their origins, detached from their racial and cultural heritage, and cut off from their roots.

In the past, man had an inextricable bond with the soil. Not only was his racial heritage of great importance, but he also knew how essential it was to carve out and defend a territory in which to express his own values and aspirations. Sadly, however, due to the immense destruction that has been wrought on the environment today, not least in the overpopulated countries of Europe and North America, it is impossible to live in harmony with nature without moving away from the cities and out into the countryside.

There have been many 'back-to-the-land' movements down the centuries, some religious and others politically idealistic or even disastrously utopian. But the National-Anarchist vision of a rural revolution is not utopian, unworkable or unrealistic in the slightest. We realise that any attempt to set up and maintain National-Anarchist communities will be extremely difficult, but we have to start the process now before it's too late.

Life in our modern cities and towns is incredibly fragile and people are wholly dependant on exterior resources. Gas, electricity, food and water all have to be brought in from outside. In the event of a major catastrophe, however, or a situation in which the state decides to withdraw or cut off the supply, it will not be possible to pop down to the local supermarket for a tray of diced pork or expect water to come out of the tap when you turn it on. Modern existence and its throwaway culture is based on convenience, but this makes people extremely weak and in times of crisis they soon find that they have lost the ability to perform the most simple and basic tasks that will help them survive.

National-Anarchists wish to end this passive dependence on the state and reintroduce people to the real, organic world. For some people, this will be completely impossible and many are incapable of getting to grips with the environment. But at one time, people in rural villages were utterly self-sufficient and had no need for outsiders or to support a government that obtained its wealth and power by constantly declaring war on Third World countries and stealing their resources. The natural environment contains all the resources we are ever likely to need.

The economic collapse that is likely to take place in the West will result in complete panic and disarray. Millions will perish as a result of their reliance on the state. We have to make sure that we are included among those who can withstand such an emergency, but unless we begin to construct our own village-communities now we will simply go down with everyone else. The first step is to move away from the urban areas and begin to downsize. Try to think about the things that will really help you and your family survive, rather than what is perhaps unnecessary or too extravagant. These things are often a question of scale and many of the things you consider to be important at the present time will become obsolete in the future. Survival, on the other hand, is never obsolete, it is absolutely essential.

Relocating to the countryside is just the first step in helping to replenish the natural order and live in accordance with the environment. The next step is to become economically self-sufficient and that means finding a source of income that will allow you to remain in the countryside and avoid being sucked into the centre, which is what happened during the Industrial Revolution. In other words, by setting up the kind of economic alternatives discussed in the previous section - bartering, local exchange trading schemes, co-operatives etc. - you will begin to empower both yourselves and the local community. This may sound a little scary to people who have had little or no experience of the countryside, but there are already hundreds of Anarchist and other alternative communities around the world that have become self-sufficient. It all depends how serious you are and whether you can learn to prioritise.

Habitation in the contemporary world often involves taking out mortgages from banks or renting expensive property from exploitative landlords, but National-Anarchists believe there are other ways to make homes for ourselves and our families. By pooling their resources, some Anarchists have bought small plots of land and constructed their own alternative dwellings. Houses can be made, not simply from bricks and other expensive building materials, but also from rammed earth, straw bales and recycled materials. Indeed, whilst the interior design of such houses are just as functional and attractive as modern houses, they are made from very cheap materials and this opens up immense opportunities for people operating on far smaller budgets and who wish to be economically independent. Dwellings of this nature can also be built underground, or utilise power from wind, water or the sun.

The National-Anarchist Movement is also committed to re-establishing our rural crafts and what used to be known as the 'cottage industry'. At one time, country crafts and folk traditions flourished throughout the whole of Europe and included weaving, cobbling, stonewall construction, pottery, home-baking, blacksmithing, herbalism, woodcraft, thatching, pickling, book-binding, dressmaking, brewing, tanning and hundreds of other methods which relied on the resources people had to hand. Many of these things continue to exist in rural areas today, but to a certain extent even they have become dependant on outside suppliers and it is debatable whether or not they are completely self-sufficient. Some of these examples may seem rather quaint and old-fashioned, but this is because they have been submerged beneath a barrage of over-production and commercial junk. Economic independence makes you stronger.

Other benefits include a busy social life. National-Anarchists are keen to promote an alternative music industry and encourage more leisure time in which people can organise sports events, perform music and make their own entertainment. It seems incredible that some of the most natural things in the world now need to be revitalised due to the modern individual's dependence on the more voyeuristic pastimes like television, video games and computer networking.

Until those of us who are involved in the ecological struggle can learn to appreciate the spiritual reality which binds man to his environment, reactionaries, liberals and leftists alike will continue to delay the replenishment of the natural order. We revolutionaries can only revitalise and reclaim the natural world from the clutches of capitalism once we have discovered that which lies within ourselves. It is vital for us to come to terms with the fact that we sprang from the soil and are destined to return to it at the end of our brief sojourn upon this earth. So without a recognition of our inherent racial qualities and a territory in which to express our tribal identity, some of which may have to be forged elsewhere, we will remain as much a threatened species as the white rhino, the giant panda and the large blue butterfly. As Europe and North America struggles to cope with the catastrophic results of inner-city habitation and suicidal race-mixing, National-Anarchists must never forget that we humans are the natural guardians of the soil and our extinction would be possibly the greatest ecological disaster of all. This is why we must seek to re-establish ourselves in the heart of the rural countryside.


Further reading:
Edward Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang, Perennial Classics, 2000.
Anna Bramwell, Blood and Soil, Kensal Press, 1985.
Anna Bramwell, Ecology in the 20th Century: A History, Yale University Press, 1989.
Laurence Brander, Four Acres of Our Own, Warren House Press, 1979.
Jim Broadstreet, Building with Junk and Other Good Stuff: A Guide to Home Building and Remodelling Using Recycled Materials, Loompanics Unlimited, 1990.
William Cobbett, Cottage Economy, Oxford University Press, 1979.
David Easton, The Rammed Earth House: Discovering the Most Ancient Building Material, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1996.
Ted Kaczynski, Industrial Society and It's Future: The Unabomber's Manifesto, Green Anarchist, 1995.
Bruce King, Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-Bale Architecture, Ecological Design Press, 1997.
E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, Abacus, 1973.
Harold Sculthorpe, Freedom to Roam, Freedom Press, 1993.
John Seymour, Far From Paradise: The Story of Man's Impact on the Environment, BBC, 1986.
John Seymour, The Ultimate Heresy, Green Books, 1989.
John Seymour, Blueprint for a Green Planet, Dorling Kindersley, 1990.
John Seymour, The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency, Dorling Kindersley, 2007.
Erwin S. Strauss, How to Start Your Own Country, Loompanics Unlimited, 1984.
Malcolm Wells, How to Build An Underground House, Malcolm Wells, 1994.