Bread baking for healthy anarchists

The more we take power away from government, corporations, and other outsiders, the more that our folk and community can benefit.  To remember traditional skills such as bread baking is to take power back into our own hands, and away from the over-specialised modern world.  We can bake delicious bread from 100% whole wheat flour, not having our food nutritionally watered down to satisfy ‘artisan’ and consumer pretensions about what bread should be.

Anyway, here’s the recipe.  It requires a bit of time, to develop flavour and a longer keeping quality, but it requires no kneading, and minimal effort.  This makes 2 big loaves, which I bake on a pizza stone.  The recipe can easily be halved, the dough can also be refrigerated for up to two weeks at any stage of the recipe.

Equipment needed:
1 bowl or bucket with a lid or cover, to hold at least 5 litres.
1 tough metal spoon
1 pizza stone or baking tray, or 2 loaf tins
bread knife
pastry brush and small bowl (optional)

Ingredients (for two loaves):
5 cups water
9 cups wholemeal wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon dry active or instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt

Time: roughly 36 hours

Day 1:
1 cup water
about 1/4 teaspoon of dry active yeast
1 cup wholemeal wheat flour

mix together and leave for 8-20 hours, around 12 hours works best.

~8-20 hours later, mix in:
2 cups water
3 cups wholemeal wheat flour

Day 2
~8-20 hours later, thoroughly mix in:
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water
5 cups wholemeal wheat flour

leave for 8-20 hours, then cook.

Preheat the oven with a pizza stone in it to 200-240c depending on how hot your oven is.  Shape the loaves, I usually add a handful each of sultanas, currants and almonds and a tablespoon of barley malt syrup or sugar to one of them by spreading the dough into a flat rectangle, then rolling it up with the fruit and syrup in it.  Coat the loaves in seeds or cornmeal, then slash the top of the loaves about half a cm deep with a bread knife and put on the pizza stone.  Brush with hot water, then bake for about 40-45 minutes, brushing with water every 5-10 minutes, it makes the crust a bit better but isn’t essential.

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The Refugee Reality

Asylum Seekers are once again front page news in Australia. The media and politicians love the refugee issue, it always gets people talking. The whole situation causes a lot of division amongst Australians. Obviously, it’s a serious issue and it must be addressed.

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Most recently, a boat carrying about 255 Tamils, including children, was intercepted by Indonesian authorities on its way to Australia. The Tamils on board have since launched a hunger strike in an emotional appeal to be allowed in to the country. As countless boatloads arrive and detention centres come close to capacity, K Rudd is once again looking for a band aid solution to the problem he and his fellow globalists have helped create.

So, what is the refugee issue and how can we appropriately and fairly deal with it?

The vast majority of refugees arriving in Australia are coming to escape from a life of poverty and turmoil in their own homelands, where they come from is dangerous and no place to happily support a family. They come here seeking a better way of life and this is understandable. Many Australians tend to support allowing all refugees in to Australia, so they can share our way of life and we can do our part to alleviate their poverty and misery.

Unfortunately, the reality is that regardless of how many refugees arrive here, there will be no decrease in poverty levels in Third World countries. The exorbitant birthrates in these countries shows us that almost all people living in dire poverty in these countries will never be able to leave. If there is going to be any real fight against poverty in poor countries, it must happen on the ground and must be sustainable long-term. Accepting boatloads of refugees here is nothing more than a band aid on the problem, it’s only skin deep. A more detailed illustration of this point is shown here.

A recent report showed the number of refugees currently receiving welfare payments in Australia; the figures are disturbing. As our population increases, as unemployment increases and the deterioration of our environment continues, our newest arrivals have been drawn in to the trap of welfare dependency.  Needless to say, a growing population when our means of production and our environment is strained to the max does not benefit Australians. Any form of mass immigration is only worsening current problems and destroying any social cohesion in our local communities.

This “humanitarian” migration does not benefit the poverty in developing countries, it does not help refugees in the long-term and Australians are left to bear the burden in our already strained society. What is humanitarian about a program that only creates a bigger problem in the future, while ignoring the root of the problem in the present?

National-Anarchists realise that the refugee count around the world is one largely built on the back of global capitalism. Where starving Africans are denied local autonomy due to globalisation (e.g. Chinese “investors”), or Afghans are displaced due to foreign imperialism, the cause of the problem rests largely with the global capitalist system. We see the plight of these desperate people and want to see an end to their poverty but we want a holistic solution that promotes their independence and self-sufficiency.

National-Anarchists fight for the end of global capitalism and a stop to foreign interventionism at the behest of the United Nations or imperialist States. We promote Third World countries returning to a more organic existence – with the adoption of permaculture practices, traditional communities and local autonomy.

This is not only viable but completely logical. The money currently thrown away on quick fixes and the resources spent on trying to force liberal-Democracy on the world could just as easily be spent teaching sustainable agriculture and industrial practices to communities in developing countries. This is a plan that will take work and co-operation but it’s the best alternative to continuing a ridiculous “humanitarian” migration and aid program.

We don’t pretend to have all the solutions but we think outside the current dogmas and show the dedication to improve the world we live in. If you’re looking for a social alternative to capitalism and communism, get involved with the National-Anarchists.

BEYOND LEFT AND RIGHT – FORWARD!

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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No Justice, Just Us!

Originally published by the Yarra National-Anarchists.

What is clear to anyone who works or has worked in the criminal justice system is that multiculturalism is a failed experiment. Not only has it failed in this country, but it has failed in scores of countries around the world; in fact, in all countries in which this experiment in social engineering has been conducted. Those countries which have been able to maintain social cohesion, on the other hand, have been those which, to one degree or another, have maintained the social pressures that only an internalised, naturalised culture can bring. History has taught us that this is a non-transferable attribute.

Prison, unfortunately, is often the end point for society’s internal conflicts. What’s played out on the streets of Australia finds its ultimate reflection inside the walls of our penal institutions, and its dark and dimly lit cells. Worse yet, Australia spends vast sums of money each year to house its thousands of prisoners, and yet year after year the solution to criminal behaviour always seems to elude us. Social scientists pay homage to the state by skirting around the problem, conveniently missing the crucial point: that the forces of state and capital, which navigate the direction society takes, are at its heart. In reality, faith in the state serves only these ‘scientists’, and helps them to maintain their position within the ivory towers of academia: a leftist haven which is defended, at all costs, against a common sense approach to social justice, and the practical interventions which this approach suggests.

Evidence for the failure of multiculturalism is everywhere. One only has to look at our overcrowded prison system to understand that newly arrived migrants are unable and unwilling to grasp the social norms of our society. Units are filled with half-literate migrants, and the organisation of the prison population is a reflection of our society at its most primal: segregation along ethnic lines as a means of basic survival.
These facts are as stark as the light of day.

Of course, that’s not to say that Australians of European decent don’t commit awful offences. Like Australia itself, the majority of Australian prisoners are from a European background, each one costing the tax payer upwards of $65,000 per year to house.

This article, however, is not intended to address the obvious problems faced by working people under capitalism. Its intention is to highlight the idea that multiculturalism is broken, a failed experiment, and that in order to maintain a harmonious society, it’s not enough just to destroy capitalism. Instead, we need to think about what causes social conflict and how we can maintain social cohesion. Not just now, but when our idea of autonomous communities is realised. We need to look at examples of autonomous communities around the world, and to re-think what we mean by ‘self-determination’, a buzz-word used by the left when it comes to indigenous politics and the plight of other oppressed minorities, but not ‘whites’. As bad as our situation is, it is made only worse by multiculturalism.

In speaking about multiculturalism, what we need most is honesty, especially about the fact that cultural aspects of crime prevention are ignored by the mainstream. Theories of differential association and strain theory have time and time again failed to take into account the healthy aspects of internal pressures within the “tribe” or mono-culture, and failed to seriously examine how the natural need to protect and maintain ones’ own community is the greatest crime prevention tool of all. This instinct for self-preservation is something that, in the West, has been steadily eroded by years of capitalist gains. Culture that has been built up over hundreds and even thousands of years has been eroded within decades, and led to the oppression of millions.

The United States

The multicultural United States is one of the clearest examples of this situation, where one in five black males will end up in a prison cell within their life time. Is this really all the fault of whites? Or is this a manifestation of the breaking down of community and the lack of real self-determination on behalf of the black population? It’s easy to blame the so-called white ‘master’, and many blacks do, but the story runs deeper than the slave trade. This is a cultural problem, and one that clearly requires a cultural solution.
That answer is clear: National Anarchism provides the only viable response to these issues. Time and time again the left, with their dogmatic and reactionary responses to social issues, have solidly and consistently missed the point. Instead, the left seeks to further oppress the masses with their antiquated, tired, and proven failures. Dogma prevails in this instance, and even when the tide of global capital rises above their heads, they grasp, and they stick to their dogma. It’s clear that rather than shake off their ideological concrete boots, and acknowledge the common sense which National Anarchism offers in the way of dealing with social issues, they would rather drown in their dogma: to the detriment of all.

Japan

Following on from the situation which faces the black population in the United States, another clear example of how important the role of cultural or tribal influence has on crime is Japan. Japan has been a focal point of criminological research, research which, for the most part, has been ignored in leftist/academic circles. The reasons they ignore Japanese studies is simple: it raises uncomfortable questions which confirm the existence of a strong cultural influence over the size and shape of criminal activity.

Japan is one of the strongest monocultures on earth. Strict and consecutive polices of immigration control have resulted in some very interesting crime statistics which have gone literally unmatched in the West. Western governments and policy-makers ignore the anomalies produced in Japan as their research is for the most part conducted by either one of two groups. First, leftists committed to an interventionist framework for dealing with crime control who fail to acknowledge, or completely ignore, the hard evidence coming out of Japan. Secondly, right-wing neo-liberals who also avoid the evidence as it runs counter to their “capitalist” way of thinking. If one reads some of the literature related to criminal justice studies it is little wonder they want to ignore it! For National Anarchists, Japan is no haven for our ideas either. But it does go a long way to supporting our arguments for true autonomy!

Japan is a great example of the National Anarchist argument for the separation of cultures. It’s a simple idea but one that scares a lot of leftists. What National Anarchism prescribes is a dose of reality, into a world which is captured by the madness of leftist dogma. We are the “real” realists, and the evidence is there for all to see. Crime control is just one example of how a National Anarchist system of autonomous communities can benefit all people, of all races!
“The main impetus for this [dismissal] has been the perceived uniqueness of Japan. This uniqueness might be characterized as “modernisation without crime.” Japan achieved the transition from feudal fiefdom to highly affluent, post industrial society. Japan avoided the modern crime nexus that has often been identified as axiomatic in criminology.” (Fenwick, 2006)

Axiomatic: a mix of things coming together. Interesting when you think about it isn’t it?

The differences between the history of Japan and the United States, especially during industrialisation, make clear the importance of maintaining native cultures, and how various competing interests have affected rates of crime, which in the United States is ever rising. I say ever rising because they have simply not stopped! In fact, it just seems to be getting worse, just as it is here in Australia, and in my city of Melbourne. Interestingly, one the worst centres of crime in the country is also at the heart of multiculturalism: Sydney, NSW. Its prison population outranks that of all other states.
One might expect Japan to be the same. But it is not. In fact, for much of the post-war period, crime rates in Japan have declined! Japan reached a post war high of 1.6 million violations in 1952. (This was just a few years after Japan lost a war, had two atomic bombs dropped on it, and had 1/3 of its population wiped off the face of the earth.) Japan reached its low point of 1.2 million violations in 1972. Now here is the big question. Name one other Western capitalist country where the crime rate went down a whopping 25%. The answer: you can’t!

Yarra

I live in the city of Yarra. Here the likes of Steve Jolly and his Merry Men have ridden into office on the backs of poor immigrants who live in squalor and perpetual poverty. Take a look around and what do you see? The non-migrant community is constantly being subjected to high crime rates, often involving violence. The tensions which are absent in Japan are tipping toward boiling point in the city of Yarra. On the one hand, employers fail to cater for the needs of migrant communities because they are low-skilled, and therefore of low worth. On the other hand, and quite rightfully, those who live in the housing estates and who are Australian feel resentment towards these newly-arrived immigrants because they are able to secure funding and employment from both government and council, while native-born Australians are expected to shut up and play along with the multicultural madness imposed on them by leftists such as Jolly and his friends in the ALP.

In conclusion.

It’s clear that the present global situation requires us all to rethink our ideas and acknowledge the evidence before us. What problems that face my community in Yarra and are replicated across the globe. Now is not the time to sit on our hands and accept the status-quo. It’s time to reinvest in ideas and search out solutions to the failures of the traditional left. The Steve Jolly’s of this world and their socialist comrades are capturing the terrain. It’s time for us not to just fight against them in traditional ways, which does not work, it’s been proven. We need to recapture the heart and minds of all people, the disenfranchised and disposed of this world. We need to turn the ship around and fight for a new direction. National Anarchism in my view is that direction. To discover more national anarchist ideas please visit and comment on the following websites or if you are interested in National Anarchist ideas, please feel free to contact us directly.

David Donald, Yarra National Anarchists.

UTS Vertigo: A is for Anarchy

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The University of Technology, Sydney has recently ran an article on the Global Economic Crisis and how this may stimulate social change, their focus? Will the economic downturn mean an increased interest in anarchism around the world?

Our very own Victorian network were asked to comment on how we see the economic crisis and how we see anarchist thought and activism growing. We see capitalism as the cause of the global economic crisis and we see the dismantling of the corporations and international banking as the only solution. We will see more people behaving and living according to anarchist values as a result of this crisis, when the government can no longer provide, people have no choice but to take care of themselves.

National-Anarchists intend on being ready for the impact of the economic crisis and being there to support our local communities to survive, adapt and build a sustainable alternative to capitalism. If we are to do anything as a result of this economic crisis, let’s make it a change in direction, away from global capitalism and toward a localised, sustainable and socially just society!

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The article by Vertigo magazine is very well written and will hopefully inspire the average reader to investigate anarchism and begin taking steps to prepare themselves for the future. You can read the full article here: http://www.utsvertigo.com/2009/05/a-is-for-anarchy/

Our National-Anarchist activists are always looking for ways to reach those in our communities and abroad, if you know of a publication that addresses issues relevant to National-Anarchists, please let us know!

May Day 2009

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Click the image above for the PDF.
Our May Day 2009 flier is available for download to mass distribute over the weekend.

Homo Corporatus

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A stickering campaign during the recent Yarra harvest festival weekend is the motivation for this article. The stickering was mainly conducted throughout the blocks of corporate high rises in the Southbank area of Melbourne. Southbank is home to such corporate buildings as HWT, Eureka Tower and of course Australand Holdings which is the corporate entity centred in the following story.

National-Anarchists aim to make an impact and leave a message with our stickers. The stickers themselves are intriguing and appealing; they catch the eye and leave a person wondering about the ideas that come with such a sticker. Needless to say, stickering in a maze of corporate buildings is putting out a message of anti-capitalism in the very heart of global capitalist turf. Not to mention that National-Anarchist stickers are much more exciting and thought provoking than tonnes of concrete and boring corporate art.

As a National-Anarchist placed a sticker in the zone deemed “property of Australand Holdings,” a young bloke in a blue shirt came over to inform us of how out of bounds we were. We didn’t quite understand what he was trying to say; surely he wasn’t equating our stickers to crass vandalism? Sure enough, we had taken a step too far…

John Worker: “You can’t put your shit there, this is ours…”
National-Anarchist: “What do you mean yours? Who owns it?”
John Worker: “We do, I mean, Australand… I mean… I own it” *pointing to the company logo on his shirt*
National-Anarchist: “Do you really think you own any of this stuff? Do you really think you’re represented by Australand?”

John Worker didn’t want to keep talking, he was slightly confused and had to finish his work, he’d hate to keep his boss waiting. However, the activists had been left dumbfounded – never before had they seen a worker of any description identify with and defend a corporate entity, let alone the company they worked for!

National-Anarchists thoroughly oppose the entire concept of a corporation. A corporation is a legal entity designed to protect individuals in their business dealings. National-Anarchists do not oppose buying, selling or bartering but we do demand that every individual be held accountable for their actions. If you are selling Microsoft products, you should not be able to hide behind the name and collective assets of Microsoft Corporation. Corporations are a major enemy in our fight against the establishment – corporations of all descriptions are guilty of exploitation, environmental destruction, consumerism and globalisation.

It is fascinating to see an individual pledge loyalty to an entity as artificial and damaging as a corporation. Though, it happens and in our modern, consumerist world it is increasingly common. What is this “corporate culture” and how do we combat it?

A person is first drawn to a corporation by the needs that are met by such an entity. Obviously, salaries are paid which puts food on the table and meets the essential and material desires of a person. A corporation offers incentive or the potential to grow as a person – learning new skills, becoming a respected employee, getting a promotion and “climbing the ladder” are all a part of the corporate culture. A corporation does serve as a sort of family and tribe for its employees; your workmates may support you in tough times, your boss supplies your needs and motivates you and wearing the logo of your corporation is like flying the flag of your tribe.

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A National-Anarchist can understand why people would want to be a part of a corporation. It is not about being selfish or consciously supporting a negative and destructive entity. It is about belonging, meeting your needs and prospering in our consumerist world. It is now the norm to spend long hours in the office, earn a salary and buy the newest products. It is now the norm that independence from work, being close to family and non-materialistic aspirations must come second to the corporate job.

This is of course not the case with all corporate employees, though it is a trend growing in developed countries – Japan is a scary example.

In Japan, to spend your entire life with the same company is expected. It is not uncommon that Japanese “salary man” will put more hours in to work than he would his family and even spend a small fortune on gifts for his superiors. Such loyalty to a corporation has even been compared to the loyalty of Samurai to their Lord in the Japanese feudal era. Salary men are even known to have tattoos of their companies’ logo on their bodies.

Can we foresee a world where each human is assigned a corporation where they will spend their entire lives? Will the “Fight Club” prophecy come true when the corporations name everything new in the world? It may be a logical conclusion to capitalism and globalisation but National-Anarchists work to stem the tide of corporate influence and expansion.

The corporation may serve as a tribe for the materialistic employee of the 21st Century but it is an unnatural entity that should not be coveted as an idol. The real “tribe” as given by nature to mankind is the family and the extended family and is built by ancestry, tradition, values and religion. This natural culture has been stifled and ignored ever since the first pluralism in Persia and Rome, becoming more evident and increasingly decadent ever since the Industrial Revolution. The only way to prevent humanity from descending in to a future of robotic materialism is by reviving the organic society as embodied by the natural concept of tribe.

Fighting the corporate culture begins with meeting the needs of an individual and their family. Encourage self-sufficiency and promote independence rather than reliance on an employer. Build on the community by encouraging the community to meet the needs of its members; education, employment and recreation should be readily available within the community. Promote the independence of the community and negate reliance on all outside influence; especially the State. Individuals wants to feel close to other members of their community and belong to their community; any “community” where the members are vastly different in culture is not really a community at all.

Homo Corporatus is a creation of our modern society, it is one destined to fail as all unnatural concepts inevitably do. We can decide if we will pursue a natural lifestyle as is the goal of National-Anarchists or if we will continue to progress down a path of crass materialism and excess that will only serve to destroy our environment and lead to the destruction of life as we know it.

National-Anarchism is a natural, social alternative to global capitalism and the corporate culture. If you wish to meet and network with National-Anarchists, contact us at our contact page.