FOR MANY people the terms ‘Nationalist’ and ‘Anarchist’ represent completely different ends of the political spectrum.
For instance, the popular interpretation of ‘Nationalism’ is that it is a ‘right-wing’ idea – with nationalists mainly being concerned about law and order and the supremacy of the State. In a similar vein, ‘Anarchism’ conjures up images of worthless unwashed drifters, nihilists who are only interested in causing trouble whilst trying to destroy the state.
Thus nationalism and anarchism would appear to share little in common – except seemingly irreconcilable differences!
However, the Third Way Think Tank is only interested in ideas. Labels or perceptions are of no real interest to us. With this in mind, we were interested to hear of the formation of a “new political organisation for all those who are serious about National-Anarchism.”
The National-Anarchist Movement (N-AM) was formed in mid-September (2010). Declaring itself “For the Community Against the State!” its web-site – www.national-anarchist.net – notes:
“What you are about to read is designed to give you a taste of what life could be like in decentralised, National-Anarchist communities. Bear in mind, however, that this is only a very brief outline and that we have provided a series of reading lists to help you explore the various topics in more depth. Once you have acquainted yourself with our position on various issues, you will find information relating to how you can get involved with the National-Anarchist Movement (N-AM). Our job is to offer you a vision of a brighter future. If you like what you see, you can help us make that future a reality.”
The N-AM web-site also features an in-depth manifesto. This manifesto covers subjects such as The Failure Of The Left, Green Replenishment and Revolution. Interestingly, the N-AM seems to favour a revolutionary cadre structure and entryism as opposed to purely electoral work.
They also intend to launch a magazine, intriguingly called Tribal Resonance.
One of its chief Ideologues is Mr. Troy Southgate from South London. In the past Mr. Southgate has given thought-provoking interviews.
In one, he describes his involvement in various political organizations – the National Front, International Third Position, English Nationalist Movement, National Revolutionary Faction and the New Right – prior to the founding of the N-AM. This interview also some insight into his ideological development:
Earlier interviews (from 2006) with Nation & Kultur from Norway and with Kinovar from Russia can be found here http://www.new-right.org/?p=20 and here http://www.new-right.org/?p=21
A very early interview (from late 2001) is also very interesting:
Here he effectively says that National Anarchism is a Third Positionist idea:
“National-Anarchism essentially transcends the Left-Right spectrum, concluding that both epithets are simply convenient terms for the political establishment.”
To emphasise this point, he notes that National-Anarchism does “not emanate from the Left” nor does it “come from the Right.”
If the contents of Tribal Resonance are as thought-provoking, it should be well worth looking out for.
As a think tank that advocates a Third Way, we obviously welcome the N-AMs general Third Positionist stance. Indeed, it joins an increasing number of groups who seek an alternative to capitalism and communism.
Additionally, we have a feeling that National-Anarchism has the potential to attract significant numbers of disaffected and rebellious – yet thoughtful – youth to its ranks.
We hope to take a further look at developments within the N-AM in the near future.