FAQ

“I feel myself always the patriot of all oppressed fatherlands. . . Nationality. . . is a historic, local fact which, like all real and harmless facts, has the right to claim general acceptance. . . Every people, like every person, is involuntarily that which it is and therefore has a right to be itself. . . Nationality is not a principle; it is a legitimate fact, just as individuality is. Every nationality, great or small, has the incontestable right to be itself, to live according to its own nature. This right is simply the corollary of the general principal of freedom.”
-Mikhail Bakunin

Q. What is National-Anarchism? Does it really aim at a stateless society? or simply the abolition of the existing state and the formation of an ‘organic’ state from below, i.e. one rooted in the interests of the community rather than tied to say capital interests or in the grip of anti-community ideologies like multiculturalism and egalitarianism.

A. Yes, National-Anarchism advocates a totally stateless society. Not a society that we intend to impose on everyone else, but a series of decentralised organic communities that will be entirely anarchistic in nature. Our ideal differs from mainstream anarchism in that we allow groups to live in mono-ethnic communities if they so desire. Not for the purpose of hatred (or supremacism) but the utilisation of space that allows cultures to live with whom they want. If people want to live in multicultural societies elsewhere that is fine with us and we don’t have a problem with that.

Q. Who are the National-Anarchists?

A. National Anarchists come from many different backgrounds and work in many different occupations. Many are from regular working class backgrounds, some are professionals, others artists and musicians. Many National Anarchists come from Left-wing or Right-wing political backgrounds who are fed up with the political movement they were involved with in the past.  Usually National-Anarchists recognise that something isn’t “right,” the lack of traction in creating a true social alternative in our community or country. Others are tired of worn out dogmas, infantile pandering to certain groups, and to the globalist agenda of the political status quo, or all truth be told, know that groups they were associated with in the past are hopelessly unable to do the things that can make a difference in today’s world.

Q. Some National-Anarchists like Troy Southgate have used positive references to fascist movements of the 1930s and 1940s and has dismissed certain liberal values like unfettered free speech and liberal-Democratic governments. I’m somewhat confused as the Fascist parties believed the state can be a positive thing whereas National-Anarchists as I see it want to see the state crushed and not engage in political oppression of people that disagree with them.

A. We don’t think there is anything wrong with using criticism of liberalism regardless of the source. Some of what Marx said about Capitalism was accurate but that doesn’t mean we have to become Communists, let alone Marxists (much like Marx himself!). In short however, National-Anarchism and Fascist statism are completely incompatible. Although some of the organisational and aesthetic components are appealing, they are strictly 20th century developments and should stay in the 20th century.

Q. Some critics of National Anarchism say that your ideology is nonsense or an oxymoron. Is National-Anarchism just smoke and mirrors?

A. Certainly not. It’s very convenient for people to say that National-Anarchism is just ‘fascism’ under another name, but we are defiantly opposed to centralisation and bureaucratic fascism in all forms. In fact the primary characteristic of National Anarchism is its anarchism and not its racial perspective. It is only at the next level down that one finds the racial separatist position, although that, too, lies side by side with our anti-capitalist, anti-democratic, anti-liberal and pro-green strategy. Therefore National-Anarchism is a form of anarchism sui generis, an anarchism of it’s own.

Q. Where are you in Australia and New Zealand?

A. Currently our networks are located in Tasmania, Western Australia, NSW and Victoria, although National-Anarchist supporters and activists can be found throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Q. Where can I meet other National Anarchists?

A. A good place to start would be contacting us from our website, one of our activists will get back to you as soon as possible.

There are also social networks and forums that National-Anarchists participate in on the web.

Q. You talk about race and someone said you’re Nazis, are you?

A. “Nazi” is a ubiquitous term to call a political opponent with usually no basis in fact. As a matter of fact, National-Anarchists do not under any circumstances advocate the form of government as represented by the National Socialist German Workers Party, the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler, or Mussolini.

Q. I don’t like the term “National” Anarchism, explain why you use it.

A. We use the term because that was the term given by Troy Southgate who was key in developing these ideas in their contemporary form.  Getting caught up in labels is unimportant, call it whatever you want for all we care.  Alternative names some people like are “Tribal Anarchists” or “Folkish Anarchists.”  What matters is that we are National-Anarchists against the State and liberal-Democracy.

Q. So why is race so important to your ideology?

A. Race is less important to National Anarchists then cultural and ethnic identity. It is the basis of this identity that community, any community, represents itself, whether openly or unconsciously. Heritage is something that people of all races should take pride in and in the legacy we leave to future generations.

Q. So that means you advocate that some races are better others, don’t you?

A. No! National Anarchists recognise that races are different from each other and will always be different from each other much like languages and culture. For us, races have no inherent better or worse value in themselves.

Q. Then what’s your position on homosexuals?

A. National Anarchists do not believe in pandering to or persecuting individuals due to their sexual orientation. Each National-Anarchist has their own views about the subject. In general, National-Anarchists are usually opposed to the special treatment of gays and the militant pro-gay rights movement.

Q. So just what is it you advocate?

A. We advocate that society should be run with as little or no government as possible on an ethnic and cultural basis.  Communities can also be organised by religion or sexual orientation, the only limit is the imagination and will of the participants. We stress the importance of autonomous local communities and oppose globalisation in all its forms. We are upfront and honest about our beliefs in a way that is unsettling for our critics. We don’t  bullshit people by telling them how they should live their lives or claim to have all the answers for today’s problems. National-Anarchy is essentially a method of operation, strategy, and tactics, to outflank global capitalism on the periphery and neutralise those who would destroy our culture and identity to be replaced with a globalised consumer humanism.

Q. Then how are you going to organise the economy?

A. As a general rule National-Anarchists are opposed to capitalism and communism and instead seek a Third Way of meeting community interests that puts people before profits. Liberal-Democratic consumerism is the antithesis of the kind of life we wish to have hegemony over local community interests. Contrary to the hyper scarcity and abundance that characterise capitalist and socialist economies, we advocate an economy of scale that promotes self sufficiency, community needs such as health care, and a progressive social system that puts people first. Mutualism and Syndicalism are promoted by some members of the Australian networks.

Q. How can I contact you?

A. By using our contact form.

“I demand only one thing: that every tribe, great and small, be given the full opportunity and right to act according to its will.”
-Mikhail Bakunin

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