Posts Tagged ‘community

02
Aug
10

Russian traditionalist community

11
Jul
10

Acorn Hollow: an Odinist education resource

We thought we should share this useful website with the readers of this site. There is plenty of information relevant for both homeschooling and other families.

http://www.odinic-rite.org/AcornHollow/

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.

12
Aug
09

Why We Reject the State

Why We Reject the State

by the Tasmanian National-Anarchists

Nearly everyone criticises the state these days, but few question its right to exist. Western-style nation states have become the norm all over the world, and are rarely questioned in principle – even by those who question Western values.

But why has ‘nation’ (originally signifying a tribe or kinship-based society) come to be seen as synonymous with ‘state’? And on what basis do we owe allegiance to the modern state, which can no longer even be called a nation, being internationalist in outlook?

The modern state doesn’t represent a nation anymore, so what DOES it represent? From where does it derive its authority? From a contract? If so, then who consented to it???

Our ultimate view on the state must depend on whether it serves the interests of our people. Othmar Spann said “the role of the state is to protect and not to destroy the roots of society.” (By roots, he meant folkways or traditions)

The state’s only value lies in this transmission of inheritance. But when it has ceased to perform this task (and we can no longer make it do so), then it’s time for the state to go.

The state is not an end in itself, it is only a means to an end. The end, as expressed by Michael Walker, is “the preservation and advancement of a community.”

The modern state no longer advances or preserves. In fact, it has become actively harmful to us. Therefore, it must go.

The state no longer has any initiative of its own, it dances mainly to the tune of multinational corporations and bankers. It concerns itself with economics, not politics in the true sense of the word. Elections have less and less significance, as the policies of the major parties come increasingly to resemble one another.

Rousseau noted that “democracy is best suited to the small state, aristocracy to the medium, and monarchy to larger states.” What, then, would be suited to the ‘world state’ which the elites are pushing for? Such a state could only be controlled by outright tyranny…

For that and other reasons, National-Anarchists view the idea of a ‘world state’ as abhorrent.

What are the alternatives?

Some have proposed either total rejection of the state (libertarianism), or the opposite – raising the state itself to a level of absolute political authority (something akin to fascism).

Are these the only alternatives, though? Libertarianism and the nanny state have both proved to be failures in practice, after all.

National-Anarchists propose that the COMMUNITY, not the ‘state’, once again becomes maker and arbitrator of its own laws.

Let us conclude with the words of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien:

“My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) […] Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so as to refer to people […] The most improper job of any man, even saints, is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity…”

Yet those are the very men (and women) who now govern us…to the detriment of life itself.




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