Saturday, October 27, 2007

national 'anarchists'

Below is a statement penned by that Slack Bastard, @ndy, regarding the presence of so-called national anarchists in Australia.
To date, it's been signed by:
Barricade
Anarchist Direct Action
Wild Cat
Melbourne Anarchist Club

(The symbol directly below is, apparently, the national anarchist logo. I obtained it from a site called Folk and Faith, which, whilst denouncing racism, simultaneously screams blue bloody murder about the existence and imputed practices of 'judeo types' and eschews miscegenation. It also claims to be neither right nor left. Which may be fair. Theirs is an entirely whole new order of insanity.)

Introduction

On Saturday, September 8, 2007, a small group
of between 15-30 individuals assembled in Sydney under the banner of the New Right. They were there to attend the anti-APEC summit rally and protest, and did so while assembled in the manner of a black bloc (dressed in black uniforms and wearing masks to disguise their faces). Their propaganda proclaimed the group to be composed of 'national anarchists'. This statement is being issued by a number of anarchist groups in Australia [and Aotearoa] in order to unmask these impostors, to expose 'national anarchism' as being the fascist nonsense that it is, and to give notice, both to the 'national anarchists' and to the general public, that anarchists in Australia [and Aotearoa] will not tolerate fascist elements attempting to use anarchist rhetoric and imagery in order to pursue their goals. We do so on the basis of our support for the equality and freedom of all individuals, regardless of race or ethnicity, and in recognition of the role of fascists ideas, parties and movements in destroying the libertarian working class cultures and movements which anarchists promote and which we depend upon for our survival. But what, exactly, is the 'New Right', and what is a 'national anarchist'?

The New Right


In Australia, the New Right is a tiny grouping on the far right, established in late 2005, largely via the efforts of a German-born, Sydney-based businessman named Welf Herfurth. Herfurth has a long history of involvement in the German neo-Nazi movement, including the NPD, and more
recently the Australian far right, including organisations and projects such as the Australia First Party, Blood & Honour, One Nation and the Inverell and Sydney Forums. According to Herfurth and the New Right, “National-Anarchism represents the political embodiment of the... New Right — it is the political wing”. In other words, while the New Right provides the 'theory', 'national anarchism' is the 'practice'.

National
anarchism


'National anarchism' has its origins in the UK, and is largely the brainchild of Troy Southgate, another individual with a long history of involvement in the British neo-Nazi movement, including organisations such as the National Front, the International Third Position, the English Nationalist Movement and the National Revolutionary Faction. Critic Graham D. Macklin notes that "When put into its wider context… ‘national-anarchism’ appears as one of many groupuscular responses to globalization, popular antipathy towards which Southgate sought to harness by
aligning [his activities]... with the resurgence of anarchism whose heroes and slogans it arrogated, and whose sophisticated critiques of global capitalist institutions and state power it absorbed…". In essence, 'national anarchism' is an attempt to use anarchist rhetoric and imagery in order to better advance the cause of reactionary, racist and fascist politics.

Our response


As
anarchists, we categorically reject this. We also categorically reject any and all attempts by the New Right (and any other group with politics similar to it) to align themselves in any way, shape or form with the contemporary anarchist movement in Australia [and Aotearoa]. The use of such tactics by the far right, including the formation of 'black blocs' such as the one in Sydney, has been witnessed in Europe for a number of years, and it now appears that an attempt, however minor, to do so in Australia is now being made. (In Germany, for example, some right-wing radicals even use the “Antifaschistische Aktion” logo (a circle with a red and black flag) but adorn it with the slogan “Nationale Sozialisten” (national socialists)!) We consider the use of such tactics to be deliberately aimed at causing confusion among the broader public with regards the aims and methods of elements of the far right, and to confuse anarchism with the pursuit of 'white, nationalist' politics. Such tactics are also
based upon a recognition by elements of the far right of the attractive nature of anarchist rhetoric and imagery to many young people, and a desire to win some of these individuals away from genuine attempts to create true anarchy; a society without rulers -- of whatever colour, and of whatever supposed nationality.

The Sab Cat.
As such, we, as anarchists: wish to make our opposition to the New Right and 'national anarchism' known; denounce their attempts to appropriate 'anarchist' rehetoric, imagery and symbology for their own racist and fascist purposes; commit ourselves to to ensuring, each in our own way, that any and all confusion be eliminated in the minds of both the 'national anarchists' and the broader public regarding the opposition between anarchism and the antics of groups such as the New Right.

For more information, read @ndy's blog.

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5 Comments:

At 12:35 am, Anonymous @ndy said...

Yo, bum rush the show.

I was reading your blog the other day... it's neat! And when I get time, I'll make a more substantial comment!

 
At 12:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find blog posts like this very amusing. Theres a few these on the web, all repeating the same label-ridden statements with little regard as to what National Anarchy really means. It doesn't bother us, we get all this free publicity and it's an expected behavior of fundamentalists frantically trying to save their tired dogmas in a changing world. Either globalization wins or we do, their is no middle ground and you are de facto agents of global capitalism. You must be very proud to be an anarchist defending the government and status quo as hard as you do.

~BANA

ps- for future visitors reference you can visit my blog and forum for real information about National Anarchy at www.bayareanationalanarchists.com

pss- *blows kisses at @ndy* nice to see you here lovely boy!

 
At 1:23 pm, Blogger Dreck said...

Hey BANAna.
It's good of you to leave a comment on my blog.
I've checked out yours and much like the comment you've left here it's entirely lacking in substantiation. In other words, the charge you level at me could be leveled squarely and accurately back at you. Kind of hypocritical don't you think?
Have you checked out the Folk and Faith website? It's also National Anarchist and I'm wondering whether you agree with the racist shit they spout. Would further give to the lie of what you've got on your own blog because Anarchists aren't nationalist or racist.
Please do tell.
Dreck
P.S. It's weltanschauung, not weltanschung.

 
At 2:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings Dregs,

Posing again as I'm not sure if the last one saved correctly... I am in contact with the comrades at F&F. Although I'm pagan and not Christian orientated they are racialists and not racists- like us in the Bay Area. Also, the reason we call ourselves National Anarchists and not anarchists is so that the differences in our desires post revolution is clear. Probably the main difference between us is that we wish to live as equals amid like minded tribes in decentralist federations and do not see ourselves as internationalist like regular anarchists (primitivists are very similar to us in this regards). Although we do support the anti-capitalist struggle among all peoples to live peacefully and in harmony with the earths natural resources it is not our position to implement a "permanent revolution." So yes anarchists are not national anarchists and thats okay by us :-)Thanks for the typo correction!

~BANA

ps- mind if i link to you on my blog?

 
At 11:23 pm, Blogger Dreck said...

Of course you may link me to your blog but I'm not sure why you'd want to.
I think I said to you all I want and need to in my previous comment.
Oh well, I'll repeat myself.
Here's a simple syllogism:
1) Racism and Nationalism have nothing in common with Anarchism.
2) National 'Anarchists' are racist and nationalist.
Therefore, National 'Anarchists' are not Anarchist.
And don't bother leaving comments on my blog. I have better ways to waste my time than to reply to you.

 

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