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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Bursting The Liberal Bubble

Bursting The Liberal Bubble

The Nationalist youth street activist group, National Action, has been the subject of much discussion lately on various White Nationalist forums, largely due to a recent successful demonstration against global capitalism in Liverpool. The above photograph, taken from a demonstration in London, has now gone viral. It shows members of the group posing next to the Mandela effigy in Parliament Square after having put a banana in the hand of the statue. This is young British men openly and publicly mocking the core of British liberal precepts.

My view on National Action is that they are an effective and cogent expression of National Socialism through white youth sub-culture. However, others within Nationalism take a different view and believe that the disruptive street tactics of National Action might be harmful to the general cause of White Nationalism.

Here’s a contribution from one such sceptic, posted recently on a prominent White Nationalist discussion forum. The contributor appears to be defending the Mantra as an alternative to street activism:
“The Mantra approach might not offer the same adrenaline rush as a torchlight parade down your local high street, but ultimately I believe it is the bread and butter approach that points out the lies and contradictions in the system and will ultimately trigger its mainstream collapse.
I wish National Action well, but I hope they can come up with something original and don’t fall into the trap of becoming the Hollywood Nazis that our enemies always love to portray us as.”
My response and take on all this, just posted to the same forum is below. In summary, I believe that street activism is an essential counterpoint to the other strategies and complements them. Where I think National Action does present a problem for the traditionalists is that it challenges their long-held pining for respectability and acceptance among the mainstream and also the notion that Nationalism should be hierarchical and ‘right-wing’ rather than a movement that rises-up as an expression of popular consciousness..

Here’s what I said:
The ‘Mantra’ is good and I’m all for it. It’s effective as far as it goes, but its limitations are that it’s rhetorical and it’s based around the internet. Like any good and effective method, it will only take us so far. Different strategies are needed. I think your point might be that these differing strategies ideally need to be complementary, not in friction, and should not weaken each other or distract from the overall aims. If so, I would agree that this is how it should work in the ideal world, and there is nothing about National Action to suggest that they are consciously trying to undermine us. Quite the opposite.
Nationalism is not a hierarchy. If we are going to capture the consciousness of our people, then our movements and groups need to work from the ground-up and express the interests and values of real people in real society, not a bunch of internet warriors and the sombre suits and ties approach taken in pseudo-academic seminars and mock-serious political meetings.
I also think National Action is capturing the essence of something that is transcendent and emergent in society. I am by no means ‘young’ in the age sense, but I feel young politically and I am much more attracted to the style and approach of National Action than the suits and ties, plastic Union Flag and Pomp & Circumstance of more ‘traditional’ Nationalists.
I think some of us just have to accept that Nationalism itself has become somewhat ‘liberal’, ‘kosher’ and ‘democratic’, and bursting the liberal bubble might also involve, in a nice sort of way, challenging the sense of entitlement found among the ‘far-Right’ and ultra-Tory types who think they own Nationalism.
Nationalism belongs to all white people, not just people with nasty right-wing views.

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