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11
Jan
10

Thin Santa

Everyone knows the stereotype of the person who is ‘politically correct’ – officious, a killjoy, concerned with matters of minute dogma – especially those concerning ‘correct’ use of language (Orwell’s 1984 with its invented PC language ‘Newspeak’ was way ahead of its time in terms of satire).

But while much ink has been spilled on how PC originated with the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, a simpler clue to the motivation of PC types (who are actually very few in number) may lie in this recent article from a science website:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091216203447.htm

Dr. Nathan Grills from Monash University believes that Santa Claus should be portrayed only on an exercise treadmill, and not as the jolly fat fellow we all know from childhood – because “Santa only needs to affect health by 0.1% to damage millions of lives”.

While we here at Tasna think that physical fitness is an admirable thing, we also think it’s ludicrous that a folk myth should be destroyed due to the vague possibility it could cause a tiny fragment of the population to overeat (and did anyone force them to?).

PC originates in precisely this mentality. By destroying the organic and irrational, PC types think they can ‘save’ people from harm, just like fundamentalists think they can ‘save’ people’s souls by converting them to their own brand of religion.

But what Dr. Grills fails to realise is that the ordinary person despises this kind of social engineering. If Santa went PC, then many people would overeat as a form of protest – vastly outnumbering those who were ‘saved’ by Grills’ propaganda.

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27
Dec
09

Tooth and Claw


There is often an influx of abandoned kittens and puppies in the aftermath of the Christmas period.

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the work done by two worthy community organisations in the Greater Hobart area, namely the Hobart Cat Centre:

http://www.hobartcatcentre.com.au/

and the Hobart Dogs’ Home:

http://www.dogshomesoftas.com.au/html/hobart/hobart_home.htm

If you are considering getting a pet cat or dog, consider adopting one from these places rather than going to a pet shop and supporting the pet farming industry, where breeding mothers are often kept in appalling conditions.

The Hobart Cat Centre also runs the Black Cat op-shop at 441 Main Road, Glenorchy, and another op-shop at 1717 Channel Highway, Margate.

06
Dec
09

Book review: ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ by John Perkins

Published by Ebury Press
Reviewed by Andreas Faust

Kermit Roosevelt (Teddy’s grandson) fomented street riots in Iran in 1951 in order to effect a regime change there.

Sound familiar?

A decade or two later Robert McNamara came along, setting new precedents in the erosion of boundaries between government and corporate sectors.

Then, to complete the picture, the Economic Hit Men arrived…

Economic Hit Men (EHMs) work for private corporations, but are sanctioned by US government intelligence services (according to the author John Perkins, who used to be one). They are ‘selected’ (not employed) by these intelligence services…and are technically private employees, so personal or corporate greed can then be blamed if they are ‘busted’.

In Indonesia, Perkins was put in charge of cooking the books, making economic prospects look greater than they actually were. Once his inflated figures were accepted, the World Bank etc. would move in, offering huge loans for development, which could only be paid back when the high growth (falsely forecast by Perkins and co.) occurred. But it never did occur, leaving the countries in question saddled with massive debt as a result. The aim of Perkins and his fellow EHMs was to keep these countries in the USA’s debt as long as possible…and not only so-called ‘third world’ countries, either – Perkins went to Iceland recently to talk to people there about the dangers they face in the wake of their economy collapsing.

Because of the debts created by EHMs on infrastructure projects, the governments of the affected nations can no longer help their own citizens out of impoverishment.

Perkins himself acknowledges that some of the original World Bank types acted as they did for honourable reasons…they genuinely believed they could save the countries in question from Communism and terrorism by promoting their own brand of ‘growth’. But ironically, Communism and terrorism were often caused by the very policies of the World Bank itself. Advocates of US economic imperialism claim that it boosts the GNP of the countries in question, but these GNP figures are deceptive – they continue to rise, even when the profit only goes to a handful of people.

Perkins’ own misgivings begin to creep in when he learned to speak Bahasa Indonesia, and realised that the locals referred to him by words meaning ‘inquisitor’ or ‘interrogator’. Clearly they had received orders to comply with him, and resented it. He then began to suspect the information they provided him with was cooked…but not by them. He also started to doubt the value of the ‘Western’ lifestyle he was exporting. Decadence, divorce, drug abuse, suicide – are these things really worth promoting?

While Perkins describes global empire as “the dream of a few greedy men,” greed is not the only motivation for creating such an empire – it can also be ideological or spiritual, as with Communism and Islam. But these latter haven’t been as successful in their aims of world domination as Capitalism has. The fact is, much of today’s Western affluence rests on the exploitation of workers in Chinese sweatshops.

So what is the solution? Large scale immigration is obviously no answer, as it just puts the burden of ‘guilt’ on ordinary Westerners rather than the bigwigs and corporate traitors. It also causes a ‘skills drain’ in the countries the immigrants come from. In my view, the best way to help both the ‘West’ and the ‘third world’ is to promote independence and autonomy for the peoples of both.

So how do we do that?

In ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’, an Indonesian quotes Arnold Toynbee to the effect that Capitalism can never be overcome by reason, only by faith (Toynbee, at the height of the Cold War, had already predicted that Islam would outlast Communism as the main ‘adversary’ of the Western system). So what kind of ‘faith’ is available to those of us who aren’t Muslims, and who dislike the notion of blind belief and servitude?

National-Anarchism is one such faith – a political path to a better future. And folkish heathenism is another – a faith in our ancestors and in our descendants, and a step towards a richer spiritual understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Those are the paths I am following. And others are increasingly following suit…

17
Nov
09

The invasive new bus ticket system that claims to be “green”

As with Victoria, the Tasmanian Government has suddenly decided that a bus ticketing system that worked fine had to be replaced with ‘new and improved’ technology – to the benefit of the corporations that make the technology, and the detriment of people that use the buses.

With the previous system it was easy enough to just go into a shop, hand over cash and get a 10-trip, weekly or monthly ticket. Now, in order to have prepaid tickets, people must give their names, addresses, dates of birth, concession or student card numbers, and sign a waiver form permitting the bus company to acquire information about them from the government.

Some would apathetically argue “I’ve got nothing to hide” when asked whether they mind the Government potentially having access to a record of their public transport habits, but this is hardly the point. We shouldn’t have to forfeit liberty or anonymity in order to get on the bus.

And how ‘green’ really is the greencard?

Mr Sturges said he was pleased to note that Metro had decided to name the card Greencard.

“There is no question that public transport can play a role in reducing Greenhouse gas emissions, and Metro is working hard to achieve this,” he said.

On the bus routes we have lived on in the past few years, we haven’t noticed any changes that would encourage people to get the bus instead of using cars. Instead, we have noticed cutbacks on services. Metro buses run on diesel and could easily be converted to use biodiesel, but of course we can’t expect to see real changes like this being made, only shiny new buses that meet vague and irrelevant “emissions targets”, and hot air being blown by politicians about “climate change”.

And what’s with the surveillance cameras? Surveillance cameras don’t make people feel safe. Left-wing magistrates (are there any other kind these days?) take a dim view of self-defensive violence, and often the defender will be charged with a crime, while the attacker’s behaviour is excused due to a ‘troubled’ background…

The final word from Tasmanian National-Anarchists: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

15
Nov
09

A Visit to Christiania

by two Tasmanian National-Anarchists.

Christiania is a famous secessionist enclave not far from the centre of Copenhagen. Given that it’s an abandoned military base, we were half expecting it to be all underground (visions of hippies living like mice in bunkers!), but it was actually an overground barracks, and quite a big one at that. It even had parks and walking tracks.

These more obscure parts of Christiania seemed a lot friendlier than the main square. Some houses had their own gardens, and there was a stable with horses. We also had a good vegan meal at a place called Morgenstedet, which we can recommend.

The main business area felt like a cross between a viking village and a funhouse, although it would have been a lot more pleasant if not for all the pot dealers loitering around, with cold faces and shifty expressions. But hard drugs are banned there – unlike Australia’s own famous ‘alternative living’ experiment, Nimbin, NSW, where heroin is now a major problem.

While Christianians are very selective about who they let live in their town, anyone is technically welcome to visit. Unfortunately, many come just to piss-splash the walls with ugly graffiti, of the same kind found in any other Western city. Some artwork was more creative, but while many cultures were represented (American Indian, Tibetan etc.), the only Danish image seemed to be a sign in runes, spelling the name of the settlement.

Christianian culture is obviously very pot-centred. You can smell marijuana wherever you go, which is probably the reason for all the signs saying “no photos”. We respected their wishes, however, and only photographed the exit:

christiania

It’s unclear what kind of defence the residents would mount if the EU actually did restrict their lifestyle. Their attempts at self-sufficiency seemed mainly token, with shops using Danish currency rather than a bartering system. The commune did possess its own garbage truck, however.

All in all, Christiania had both positive and negative elements. It’s an interesting social experiment, but certainly not the last word in independent community living.

08
Nov
09

Regionalism vs. the World State

On first read, this article from the Brussels Journal seems ominous:

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4154

The Lisbon Treaty, with its incorporation of most European countries into a vast superstate, is another chapter in the push by globalist elites to homogenise the entire world.

The ‘Asian Union’ which Kevin Rudd has been trumpeting represents another step on the same path. Although it’s still a long way off (Asian countries, being more varied in political and economic structure, are harder to integrate than European ones) it is still definitely on the cards. So too is an African Union, a North American Union etc. Eventually, all these continental ‘unions’ will be ‘harmonised’ into a truly global state. At least if the corporate elites are allowed to have their way…

National-Anarchists, like all sane people, view these developments with horror and contempt. Aside from the destruction of the world’s cultures and folkways that globalism represents, it is also a surefire recipe for tyranny. A world state could only be controlled by means of outright despotism.

If we want to avoid a future like that, then we must fight now.

The good news is that the system’s own overreach is already starting to work against it. In Europe, for instance, there is a clear development towards regionalism. People are rediscovering their ancestral cultures like never before, including regional cultures that existed long before the rise of the centralised nation state.

In Belgium itself (where the EU capital Brussels is located), there are signs that the artificially-created country could soon break down into its component regions of Flanders and Wallonia.

The regionalist movement is still small, largely manifested in pagan spiritual circles, in neo-folk and black metal music, and in certain growing political movements (such as National-Anarchism). But the regionalist tendency will doubtless continue to thrive as the EU sinks its bureaucratic tentacles further into people’s private lives and cultural spheres.

May a thousand flowers bloom…

08
Nov
09

WWOOFing – a great way to travel

WWOOF stands for ‘Willing Workers on Organic Farms’ or ‘World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’. WWOOFers work a certain amount of hours on a farm, vineyard etc., and receive meals and accommodation in return. WWOOF farms must meet certain standards of organic production, and the crops must be grown using ecologically sound methods.

You can WWOOF nearly anywhere in the world – all you need is a basic level of fitness. There are 1200 WWOOF farms in Australia alone…

Two Tasmanian National-Anarchists went WWOOFing recently, and can highly recommend the experience. It’s a great way to travel, to meet people, and to really get to know the land you’re visiting. It’s also a good way to put something back into the local economy of the places you’re visiting.

For more information, visit the following website:

http://www.wwoof.org/




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