National-Anarchist Report: Sydney Forum 2009

As most radical Australians would know, the weekend just passed was host to the 2009 Sydney Forum. The two day speakers forum is the premiere free speech event on the Australian radical calendar. Speakers come from all backgrounds and forget their differences to share ideas and network towards a common cause of defeating the system. The forum is organised primarily by Australia First national director Dr. Jim Saleam and MCed by New Right supporter and National-Anarchist, Welf Herfurth.

National-Anarchists have been attending the forum since the beginning and regard it highly. It is the only speakers forum where the statement “Neither Left nor Right” and the concept of freedom of speech for everyone is truly adhered to. Speakers this year included an international guest from the Bay Area National Anarchist collective, Andrew Yeoman, a representative from the 9/11 Truth movement, John Bursill and the event featured a most interesting debate between Dr. Jim Saleam and Professor Andrew Fraser on the idea of “Australian identity.” More on the speakers in a minute, a few words on those that attended.

Early in the morning on the Saturday (which is the main day for the speakers), a small group of misled youth claiming to be AntiFa began blocking the entrance to the venue hosting the event. Their numbers were no more than about a dozen and they stood with a couple of poorly designed banners, shouting obscenities at anybody trying to enter or leave the venue. Their justification for the abuse (including calling elderly regulars at the club “nazis”) was that the venue was host to “nazis” and “fascists” that had come to voice their opinion on matters that the demonstrators disagreed with. Unfortunately for these protestors, besides of some filming and photos being taken, the attendees didn’t respond to their reactionary protest.

Not long after the police came and removed the protestors, the forum began. The audience was close to fifty and included members of nationalist parties, citizens initiated referendum activists, Asian women, 9/11 Truthers including an activist with Aboriginal heritage, National-Anarchists, a homosexual man, Volksfronters and many more individuals and groups were present. The disinformation spouted by the media and believed by the AntiFa kids was once again proven false, the Sydney Forum is not a handful of neo-nazis and skinheads calling for a second Holocaust but rather people from different backgrounds, with different values and ideas coming together to share ideas and fight the system. Some wise words from Welf Herfurth in his opening statement made it clear that we have more in common with the “left-wing” AntiFa than we do with the system and if they were willing to have a reasonable and fair discussion without acting like idiots, they’d be welcome inside to join us. AntiFa had made fools of themselves, they didn’t have the moral high ground and they didn’t “bash the fash” or anything of the sort.

Now, back to the speakers.

John Bursill from the 9/11 Truth movement delivered a highly thought provoking talk on the controversial questions being asked of the official 9/11 narrative. Did a handful of Arabs hijack planes at the behest of Osama Bin Laden on 11/9/2001, or was it a staged event by the US Government? Regardless of the views held by the audience, the questions were thought provoking and it’s a definite that some may have changed their minds by the end. John Bursill is a dedicated activist and an entertaining speaker, local National-Anarchists look forward to hearing him speak again at another 9/11 Truth event.

Probably the most captivating speaker and the farthest from home was Andrew Yeoman, spokesman of the Bay Area National Anarchists. He spoke about community organising and the ideas and activism of the National-Anarchists. He illustrated the need for nationalists to earn legitimacy to be the champions of their folk and the only way to do this was through community organising and frequent activism. The Bay Area National Anarchists are the most active anarchist group in California and the only group in the Bay Area promoting nationalism. The audience sat with keen interest and it seemed that everybody had a question to ask about Andrew’s tribe and the way of life that National-Anarchism promotes.

The final segment of the Saturday that we’ll comment on is the debate between Dr. Saleam and Professor Fraser on the topic of “Australian identity.” This year was the first time a structured debate was held at the forum and it was very well received. Professor Fraser held the position that Australian identity must centre not around loyalty to the State, to a constitution or any other idea but rather ethnocentric loyalty – Anglo-Saxons looking out for the interests of Anglo-Saxons – not only in Australia but all over the world. Dr. Saleam argued back that Australian identity lies in the history of the Australian bush poets, politicians and the defining moments in our history – his message included quotes from such Australian figures as John Curtin and Jack Lang. Though both positions were debated intelligently and firmly, it was the opinion of the National-Anarchists in attendance that Professor Fraser walked away with a victory. We look forward to more structured debates at future forums.

The Sunday is organised at a different venue from the Saturday and is designed to be a more informal affair, to facilitate discussions and networking for those both interstate and from overseas. Despite childish threats, AntiFa did not show up at the event and everything ran smoothly. We were most impressed with the interest people had in National-Anarchism and once again Andrew took questions from the audience. Guests chatted, ate and exchanged ideas and details, which will most definitely result in future activism. One of the best parts of the Sydney Forum is it inspired, motivates and renews the determination to get on the streets and be more and more active.

As the Sunday drew to a close, so did the Sydney Forum of 2009. The whole event was highly successful – the speakers were enlightening, the organising was impeccable and those that would try to shut us up made total fools of themselves and ran away with their tails tucked between their legs. A video will be made available in the near future and future activism as a result of discussions at the forum are already in the works. Well done to the National-Anarchists that attended, let’s get moving!

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TAFE4ALL: Skills, Not Bills

TAFE students having their say on the coming fee hike, including a few words from a National-Anarchist currently studying at a TAFE in Victoria. Making education available to people in the community is something National-Anarchists feel strongly about, we will do whatever we can to make education and training available to all those that want it.

TAFE Education For All

The Victorian Government intends on raising fees and conditions on TAFE courses over the next few years. TAFE courses are often filled with young people recently out of school or people seeking to become skilled to improve their employment opportunities. TAFE students are often the least capable of paying exorbitant fees for their courses.

The State Government changes include:
– Fees are being increased from $950 for Diplomas to as much as $2500 by 2012.
– Concession rates have been abolished, low-income students and health care cardholders will have to pay fees as high as $1500.
– A HECs like loan system has been introduced, which will leave TAFE students with a debt that will follow them in to their career.

– Private competition between training institutions will further degrade education into a business operation, rather than training people to become working contributors to the community.

The State Governments have been steadily making tertiary education an almost impossibility for young Australians, while continuing to complain and lie about a “skills shortage.” Tertiary education fees are mounting, the “education market” is becoming due to extreme levels of immigration and it’s all leading to young Australians being effectively locked out of the necessary training to become a contributing member of the community in the future.

Stand up against these fee hikes by the State Government that will serve to make TAFE education out of reach for those that need it most. Australian students need to start asking why Governments keep making our ability to work more and more difficult, especially in times of economic hardship. Everybody deserves an opportunity to gain the skills necessary to get a job and a livable income, paying exorbitant fees for this education is simply not fair.

National-Anarchists will be watching this issue with interest and will be taking action where possible.

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Freedom from Fluoride in Melbourne

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The growing Geelong anti-fluoridation campaign took to the steps of Parliament on Wednesday in order to strengthen the broader campaign, along with fellow groups throughout Victoria. The Barwon Freedom from Fluoridation organisation also presented an open letter to the Minister for Health, Daniel Andrews, demanding the immediate end to fluoridation in the whole of Victoria. The protest was over 100 strong at it’s height and included concerned individuals from Geelong, Melbourne, Castlemaine and various other parts of Victoria. Opposition to fluoridation is definitely not just a small issue hidden away in Geelong, many Victorians are angry that they have not been consulted, let alone given active consent.

National-Anarchists attended the event, taking video footage and distributing informative pamphlets to other protestors and passers by. It is a disturbing reality that since the beginning of this fluoridation campaign, National-Anarchists have been the only radical political movement to become involved and express support against such an attack on democratic and civil freedoms. There has been no support from the wider Anarchist movement, no other Nationalist involvement, the closest to broader political co-operation has been individual Greens members, a Democratic Labor Party MP and individual trade unionists. How can we truly confront the problem of “representative” democracy is we will only co-operate on the really big issues. Fluoridation is an issue that affects people in their local communities, directly in their homes, it touches them much more closely and critically than global capitalism or climate change.

Besides of the let down from fellow anti-establishment activists, the rally was largely succesful. Victorian National-Anarchists have continued to network with people from across the state, also conducting an interview with a popular YouTube journalist. The broader campaign against fluoridation has been let down by the complete lack of mainstream media attention but what more can we expect, the media has no intention of covering real issues – we have the means, we need to make our own media!

Our video of the days events is here, there will be more news on the forced fluoridation issue as it develops.

UNITED! FOR AN ANARCHIST FUTURE!

Melbourne Fluoride Rally

MelbFluorideThe Victorian National-Anarchists will be attending this rally and we encourage everybody to join us. We will be distributing Issue #1 of the new N-A Zine and other leaflets about fluoridation from a National-Anarchist perspective.

We hope to see a strong presence of radical activists at this protest, fluoride is just one aspect of the much larger anti-establishment campaign and is a good issue for showing the public just how false the concept of “representative democracy” really is.

We hope to see you there!

Now Available: National-Anarchist Zine!

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The Midgard Magpie collective is pleased to announce the first edition of our new A5 zine, ready for distribution. The zine has been produced through the hardwork of our activists and supporters, with a focus on sharing National-Anarchist ideas with the general public – especially the youth. The National-Anarchist Zine (NAZ) offers commentary on anarchism, tribalism and local issues.

Issue #1 includes –

What is Anarchy?
Hard hitting poetry by Anonymgeist
Buy Local
Forced Fluoridation
Movie Review – Fight Club
Book Review – Tradition & Revolution

and lots more!

Copies are available directly from the collective for $2 each to cover printing costs, a reduced rate is available for bulk orders. For our international comrades, due to the high cost of postage, we’re offering all zines at the reduced rate plus postage

If you’d like a copy of the zine or want to organise a subscription to future zines, please contact us at nationalanarchist23@gmail.com or through the contact page. Donations through PayPal can be made to the same email.

We’d like to thank everybody that’s supported the collective so far, our successes are due to our activists and comrades time and efforts!

Introducing Nationalist Alternative

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A new political organisation has popped up recently, Nationalist Alternative.

The group is influenced by the ideas of the international New Right think tank, which National-Anarchists have also been involved in and take an intellectual influence from. Nationalist Alternative (NAlt?) reject globalisation and liberalism and pursue a third positionist stance promoting pan-nationalism, a fair market economy and sustainable living. It is also good to see the adoption of National-Anarchist strategy in building a radical movement in the streets and forming autonomous communities.

We acknowledge Nationalist Alternative are different in ways from the National-Anarchists but we also recognise our similarities and encourage them to make their presence known. We hope that they work hard to promote positive, revolutionary nationalism, to engage in meaningful activism that will benefit communities directly and keep the pressure on those groups that seek to impose reactionary and universalist views on all of us.

We’ll definitely keep an eye on this group that has been inspired by the success and activism of the New Right and National-Anarchists both here and overseas!

Best wishes to NAlt!