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A Green Genius

“AS WE HAVE noted on several occasions, the main focus of the Third Way Think Tank is on ideas. For obvious reasons, we’re particularly interested in any group or individual that takes a general position that is ‘Neither Left nor Right.’ However, labels or perceptions are of no real interest to us. On saying that, we try to avoid the dogmatists and control freaks of both the left and right like the plague!

However, that’s not to say that we’d never look at the ideas, organisations or people who’re generally portrayed as being beyond the pale.”

Third Way Think Tank.

LAST MONTH we featured an article – New Dumnonia Rising? – by the National-Anarchist writer, George Walton.

We’ve since come across another excellent article of his. It looks at Richard Hunt, a noted Green Anarchist thinker. Some of the contributors to the Third Way Think Tank also recall – and were influenced by – Hunt’s publications, especially Alternative Green. It had a unique style of its own – for instance, the artwork and design Hunt employed was instantly recognisable.

For such an important (and original) modern-day thinker, there doesn’t seem to be too much information about Richard Hunt. A very brief internet search doesn’t reveal too much. The front cover of the very first issue of Green Anarchist has been reproduced a few times, and we came across this very feint copy of his booklet, The Natural Society http://zinelibrary.info/natural-society

Could anyone supply any information relating to Richard Hunt – both the man and his ideas? In particular, we’d be very interested to hear from those who would have back copies of both Green Anarchist and Alternative Green. Who knows, perhaps we could reproduce some – or even all – of his articles on this site in order to stimulate debate?

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy George Walton’s appreciation of Richard Hunt:

SOME PEOPLE never get enough credit and former editor of Alternative Green, Richard Hunt, is one of them.

I only ever saw a few editions of Alternative Greenback in the early 90s. But leafing through them had a profound influence on me, who, at the time, was every inch a leftist, and played a part in developing the politics espoused on here.

The cover of the first issue of Green Anarchist' (Summer 1984), featuring artwork by then editor Richard Hunt. Hunt later went on to found Alternative Green.

Hunt had launched AG in 1991 after being kicked off the editorial board of Green Anarchist. Back then GA was pretty much leftist, aligning itself with the more workerist anarchist groups. It was only later that GA set out a primitivist line.

Hunt was dismissed because of an editorial he wrote declaring his support for British troops in the build up to the first Gulf War. The reason Hunt gave was one of kinship and ‘My country, right or wrong.’ Now, I won’t go as far as to support troops engaged in such an imperialist endeavour, but Hunt’s arguments struck a chord with me.

There was a real to do within anarchist circles with Hunt being accused of racism. His response was to launch AG and push for the same autonomous village society that GA had, but with ones based on ending the left/right divide. AG was particularly hot when discussing the failures of both Left & Right and opening up a debate on nationalism in relation to the Green movement.

Hunt’s essay The Natural Society, first published in 1976, would be particularly useful to today’s anti-globalist activists, but it doesn’t seem available online. Further, Hunt’s theory of ‘revolution on the periphery’ will make good reading for today’s National Anarchists. The basics of this theory being that the destruction of modern society will not start in the West as it is too bloated and decadent, and we must therefore look to revolution in the Third World, so as to start the system fraying at the edges…Hunt used the Roman Empire as a model.

Hunt’s work really should be widely available. It’s a shame that Alternative Green, which is still being published as far as I know, hasn’t got a website. To fill the void then, if any National Anarchist group or similar has access to Hunt’s articles or anything else that appeared in AG by other writers, then getting them online would be a great idea.

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