Joining dead guy Jonathan Bowden is fellow Englishman Richard Hunt. Fascist websites report Richard as having shuffled off this mortal coil on May 2, aged 79. Hunt was a mad bastard with an inheritance, who played a key role in developing national anarchist ideology in his capacity as one of the founding editors of the zine Green Anarchist (and later Alternative Green). His principal work was a self-published book titled To End Poverty – The Starvation of the Periphery by the Core (1997). Richard’s efforts to reconcile left and right, anarchist and green politics, big ideas and little villages met with an increasingly hostile response from anarchist critics, especially as right-wing, racist and fascist elements were welcomed into his organising projects in the name of a kind of political ecumenism.
Richard Hunt and Alternative Green
Southgate’s espousal of Evolian Traditionalism underwent further ideological morphology through his contact with the anarcho-primitivist ideas of Richard Hunt, the founding editor of Green Anarchist who had been forced to resign over his support for the Gulf War. Southgate was exposed to Hunt’s ideas through the pages of Perspectives, the journal of the Transeuropa Collective that eventually merged with his new publication Alternative Green. Hunt’s ideas found their fullest expression in his book To End Poverty (1997), which argues that poverty in the ‘periphery’ is caused by western trade demands on a developing world that is starved to feed the core’. This ‘progress’ represents an extension of the taxation and wage slavery that encourages the growth of an increasingly urbanized and ‘biologically unhealthy’ population, creating poverty and crime as society hurtles towards ‘total social breakdown’. Hunt’s panacea is to return to ‘the original affluent society’ of the self-sufficient hunter-gatherer living in rural communes, protected by armed militias (evoking the murderous post-apocalyptic tribalism of the Mad Max trilogy) and regimented by a ‘peck order’ of ‘respect and influence’, bound by ‘kinship’, that would reestablish family values and foster a primitive communalism immune to capitalism…