Monthly Archives: September 2009

2nd Post! The Genuine AnarchoNation

OK, it’s not a massive milestone but I’m still here and sharing information regarding “national anarchism” and racial politics in Australia (and New Zealand).

Please note that tricksy fascists have used the title of this blog to slander and spread their disinformation about myself and “national anarchism” — see anarchonation.blogspot.com.

We call this sort of behaviour ‘reactionary’ and, like schoolgirls, have a giggle about it.

Put simply, the “national anarchists” don’t want us to expose their lies to the general public: a public which could be using its resources to fight injustice (the “national anarchists” would rather the public waste its time attacking members of other races). A bit sad really!

In recent news, I just got back yesterday from the Sydney Forum – the second-largest gathering on the Australian fascist calendar. You will find a full report from an anti-fascist perspective here in the near future. I really regretted missing Andrew Yeoman from BANANAs, but then I’ve never been considered a great driver.

In other news, No.2 of the ‘Know Your Local Fascist’ pamphlet series will be available soon; it’s the result of the hard work of blacks, whites, Jews, Gentiles, queers, straights and more besides: make sure you get a copy!

Finally, I’d just like to thank my readers for keeping up with this blog, both in the slow times and the really active times. I hope that it’s more active from now on. Please remember to comment, I really appreciate it!

Until next time,

“Don’t be fooled” — Reagan Youth

OUR CLASS COMES FIRST!

“National anarchism”?!?

Scott Harrison
“National anarchism” is an oxymoron.

“National anarchists” — such as Scott Harrison (above) — claim to have something to do with anarchism.

This is a lie.

“National anarchism” is, in reality, a recent ideological development on the far right. Its chief protagonist in the English-speaking world is Troy Southgate (UK). On Southgate, see: ‘Co-opting the Counter Culture: Troy Southgate and the National Revolutionary Faction’, Graham D. Macklin, Patterns of Prejudice, Vol.39, No.3, September 2005.

Two more recent articles which address ‘national anarchism’ are ‘Rebranding Fascism: National-Anarchists’, Spencer Sunshine, Public Eye, Vol.23, No.4, Winter 2008 and ‘National Anarchism: California Racists Claim They’re Anarchists’, Casey Sanchez, Intelligence Report, Summer 2009.

In brief, ‘national anarchism’ has evolved as a response by elements of the far right to the apparent popularity of anarchism among yoof — especially in terms of opposition to ‘globalisation’ — and signifies an attempt by white racists and fascists to appropriate elements of anarchist ideology, organisational modes and symbology in order to advance their own cause. In this context, it should be remembered that fascism has always been a syncretic ideology and movement. That is, fascists are happy to attempt to incorporate seemingly contradictory impulses within the one ideology/movement — such as anarchism and nationalism — if this is thought to bring about political advantage.

The most successful example of this form of cultural appropriation may be found within the German far right. On this subject, see: ‘When Nazis go Pop… New strategies of the extreme right in Germany’, RAGGACORE, LFO DEMON, November 12, 2004.

The vast majority of ‘national anarchists’ come from the far right. In Australia, their chief ideologue is Welf Herfurth, a German-born Australian resident, former member of the NPD, and a range of other far right political formations. He is a Holocaust denialist, and a close comrade of Frederick Toben, a revisionist historian. Herfurth has stated that his chief ideological inspiration is Troy Southgate and, like Southgate, he has established a front group, known as the ‘New Right’. Some indication of the nature of the ‘New Right’ (UK) may be found by examining the list of speakers it has invited to address its meetings.

In 2008, Herfurth, together with a local (Australian) bonehead named Douglas Schott (who is a member of the neo-Nazi RAC band ‘Blood Red Eagle’), attempted to form the Australian franchise of US-based bonehead organisation ‘Volksfront’; both Herfurth and Schott have previously been organisers for ‘Blood & Honour’.

In 2009, Andrew Yeoman, the leader of BANANAs in the Bay Area, is scheduled to speak at the Sydney Forum (September 26/27).

BANANAs and other ‘national anarchist’ groupuscules attempt to attach themselves to anything, and anyone, they believe might prove useful — the point is not to protest any ‘issue’, but to be public, and visible. That said, their general preference is to attach themselves to ‘progressive’ causes.

The number of adherents ‘national anarchism’ can call upon is tiny — in Australia, they number no more than a few dozen.

Clearly indicating to ‘national anarchists’ that they are not welcome at public events is a worthwhile tactic — how this can or should be communicated to them is of course up to those concerned. In Australia, a quiet word has sufficed.

‘National anarchists’ are deeply implicated in other fascist, racist, and white supremacist projects. Their political potential is very limited. However, such attempts to dress fascism in anarchist drag are provocative (to put it mildly), and to the extent that anarchists, in particular, allow fascists to do so, they will thoroughly deserve it when members of the general public come to identify anarchism with racism. Or to put it another way: lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

Future posts will provide profiles on groups and individuals who have attached themselves to ‘national anarchism’…