Friday, 16 May 2014

Some thoughts on a recent local nationalist meeting

From small acorns....will mighty oaks grow?

Reflections upon a recent (and local) group Western Spring meeting.

Many nationalists ought to be aware by now of a fairly new venture for British Nationalism, called Western Spring.

This is an exciting new venture that aims to take a comprehensive and radically new approach to British Nationalism in comparison to that of party politics. 

If one is not familiar with the group, more information can be found here: Western Spring

Continuing with this article requires the reader to be aware of the Western Spring programme, to have read the explanations provided on the website and to have come to appreciate the "prerequisites" that have been published so far. If this is not done and understood, the following article may not make much sense. 

My third meeting with fellow travellers within this group brought up a collection of ideas and observations about what is taking place with the project in our locality, or in some of our cases, not taking place.

Focus was particularly cast upon the bottleneck that throttles a more speedy uptake to the programme being put forward, but it also diversified into wider matters relating to what kind of content and tools we may need to provide in order to explain ourselves.

This is in relation to both existing nationalists as well as those around us who are not particularly nationalistic, but who may listen to what we have to put forward to them.

It is some of those subjects which I would like to put forward here in this article.

Different people may have different experiences and different opinions over the following matters, but the idea here is to open up different perspectives people have about the proposals and to see how they can be shaped to fit together as well as made to fit inside of the existing parameters that Western Spring have already (rather meticulously) established.

Given that so much thought and consideration has been behind the birth of Western Spring, not only in terms of operation but in relation to the real way in which the world operates, I am naturally going to be cautious of anyone endangering this quite particular goal with observations and pressures that may inadvertently send things off on a tangent.

I can only express how I see it - and hope that others can do the same in order to see where we have differences and similarities.

Recruitment was one of the main themes of the meeting. For any organisation to grow, it is obvious that it requires supporters and financing. Although the Western Spring project is indeed growing, it was explained how we were currently at the stage of generating a lot of interest and activity, but still not being large enough in terms of active participants to be able to tip things onto the next level.

This is a temporary state that is a natural part of establishing any organisation or any new business. At some point, with enough activity and numbers, I believe it will tend to snowball and pick up speed as it develops.

In light of this, it is naturally expected of people to recruit anybody they know who may be sympathetic to nationalism and who may sign up to the venture, come to the meetings or otherwise get involved.

However, it became obvious to me that all of us present in the room that evening had a common theme when it came to achieving this target.....that 'new people' (who we would tend categorise under the bracket of 'relatives and friends') are not always so easy to find.

I am pretty sure that the originator of Western Spring would have been dismayed by this lack of ability on our part, for it is bound to be frustrating when he is trying to establish this venture and move onwards to the next stages and yet the grouping was not any larger.

Yet the theme was pretty consistent in the room, and indicated to me that what should be (in theory, on paper) easy to do, could in fact be quite hard.

Naturally, I can only speak for myself here and my own observations about myself and nationalists in general, but by our very nature I think we are often "apart from the pack".

We are independent thinkers who have thought extremely long and hard about why Western Spring is necessary, why we are supportive of British Nationalism, and why we have chosen to support the plans being put forward.

We therefore tend to not be of the "mainstream" opinions and standpoints when it comes to all sorts of subjects, particularly that of race, nation, morality, patriarchy, meritocracy, feminism, homosexuality, financial awareness, awareness of the power of the media and the power of those groups who we suggest control it.

This unfortunately leads us to be quite insular, quite removed and distant from the mainstream society we have come to detest - and does not often present us with the ability or opportunities to speak our minds openly to wider circles of friends, or even closer friends, in case we either lose their friendship or become such a one track minded set of individuals that it puts a strain on our family ties and friendships.

I had to admit that out of all my close family and friends, I could hardly think of one person who would be so racially aware and so able to cope with the concepts of Western Spring, that I could recruit them into it or suggest they attend the next meeting.

As I explained during the meeting, it does not necessarily mean that they are against what we are saying - it is more a case that we have spent many years arriving at our conclusions and opinions, whilst they have hardly given it much thought at all - and are still very distant to us when it comes to grasping the need for such a programme and why it has to be done in the way being suggested.

In addition, we may all meet people who are racially aware - but who have not fully formulated what it is they think, never mind properly understood the issues being raised.

They are the sort who may instinctively know that something is going very wrong, they instinctively know who 'their own' people are and have an affiliation and preference to them - but who tend to go about their thinking in completely the wrong way. A way that is perhaps crude, unhelpful, mixed with nonsense, double standards or short sightedness wrapped up in the usual media driven narratives.

Ironically, despite the howls of our opposition, British Nationalists do tend to remove these kinds of notions from people - not encourage them!

In theory, these people I describe may be good candidates to become attuned to British Nationalism in the future - but who are at this stage nowhere near ready for it. They need to be coached along much further yet before they are "in tune" to what is happening, never mind the rationale behind a comprehensive programme aimed at rectifying it.

If individual members of the Western Spring project do not know anybody suitable, then they do not know anybody suitable. They can only then resort to tapping on their neighbours door, canvassing the passing public, issuing leaflets and so on in a way that is more familiar to political party activity than the Western Spring activity. (This also relates to something else which I will bring up later).

As far as I understand it, Western Spring does not seek this kind of everyday publicity as such; and nor would I think it would become possible for existing members to vouch for friends of friends, and friends of theirs, and so on.

Growing a base of such people therefore may risk destroying the venture prematurely, before solid work is built in terms of enclaves. I think that doing such publicity activities could risk destroying a crucial element of stealth and also impose those complications relating to properly vetting people.

It is for this reason that I think it is still premature to try and coax the wider public (and these kinds of individuals) into the movement.

So, what could be the alternative to this? Either fortunately or unfortunately, depending on the viewpoint, I think we may need more reliance upon the spadework already done over the last 20 years or more by more seasoned and connected nationalists.

As has been explained at Western Spring many times, nationalism through the party political route has been an abject failure. Much regret exists about all this time and effort that appears to have been wasted over the last 40 years, not to mention the churn of nationalists that have walked in and back out of the doors of many different parties, many of which who have returned to mainstream life in either demoralisation, disgust, or sense of futility.

However, I hope that all such previous spadework has not been in vain. I firmly believe that it is existing nationalists and "past" nationalists who we need to win over first.

People who were perhaps once "super activists" or regional organisers, people with connections to those who are nationalists or who were nationalists, and who could be interested in this exciting new programme.

People within the National Front organisation, Heritage and Destiny, British Democratic Party, people who were once county councillors for the BNP, people such as Michael Walker from 'The Scorpion' magazine who gave this excellent talk at the 2008 American Renaissance, and so on.

Where are all these people now? They may well have given up on the futility of nationalist politics, but they are going to be "switched on" to the rationale of a programme like Western Spring and could potentially be convinced to take part in it and bring people they know into it.

When it comes to the wider populace, I suspect it may be a case of "build it, and they will come".

This leads me to another issue relating to the recruitment, or idea, of tapping the doors of our friends, family, neighbours and folk in our immediate areas. 

During the previous meeting I attended, it seemed that this was the objective (in order to start establishing the racial enclaves that are part of the overall Western Spring programme).

Again, I have some reservations about the feasibility of this thinking, should this indeed be the proposed case.

Primarily, this is because of the problems already outlined above. In addition, I think it is not always wise or feasible in the long term to try and establish random little groups in this way. Again, I can only speak for myself - but I shall provide an explanation of my view on this.

My own town is largely Pakistani and Bangladeshi, with a slowly increasing population of Eastern Europeans and Blacks. There are a few mixed population wards to the town, but there are also parts which are almost exclusively "ethnic minority".

My own immediate vicinity is still majority white, but it is slowly becoming "mixed" - whilst the previous "mixed" areas are becoming almost exclusively "ethnic minority".

On this basis (of what is to come), combined with the aforementioned problems of recruiting 'new' people, I do not see the point of trying to recruit neighbours into co-opting into establishing some kind of enclave in such towns facing such situations.

So again, what would be the alternative to this?

I think that the alternative, if not already being done so, is to strategically identify specific target areas and to encourage those who are able (and who may have the least to lose) to relocate. 

I appreciate that is not an easy task, or a simple ask to make of people, particularly if there are no target areas close to their current arrangements, families, jobs and so on.

However, I do think it may be much more easier to collect the 'already aware' people I mentioned earlier and construct something in a targeted locality (buying up any houses or renting houses in an area that are suitable and come up for sale or rent) - than it would be to see more weaker (and half hearted) mini groups that try and expand through neighbours, taking part in pushing out objectionable people from the street and so on.

This again leads me on to another aspect of recruitment and enclave building.

As I tried to explain in the meeting I attended, I think it is important to give people a vision of how things would be, how it would work, and, for the more political minded, what kinds of policies and positions we would support and try and get going in our enclaves.

I think that only the more extremely committed would physically move to take part in this without having any further incentives to do so. People are selfish this way, and I think it is understandable for people to be so these days, to sit back and just enjoy what remains of our time as a civilisation and as a human being whilst we can.

So, what could be offered?

Of course, there are the concepts of a safer society, a society that should be free of many of the ills that wreak havoc on many housing estate or community. 

There are the concepts of there being a better education for their children (once we get footholds in the schooling system), workmen/tradesmen who are not going to be ripping off their fellow nationalists, maybe help with employment and so on.

In addition to this, there may be people who are interested in making money out of this programme. Our natural instinct as nationalists may be to be greatly against this, however, I am coming to take a different view. 

There may be more affluent people out there who are nationalists who do not want to relocate to a different area, but who still want to help facilitate those who may. Would they be in a position to buy property in order to be "landlords" whilst the settlements are being built up? 

With the way savings, interest rates and pensions etc are going at the moment (and for the foreseeable future), many people may be interested in getting a better interest on their finances/savings by "diversifying their portfolio" and pulling in a regular rent instead of the misery sums provided by the banks.

Would people be prepared to open shops and create a living for themselves? 

Have they experience as a greengrocer, newsagent, or hardware store, coffee shops, cake makers etc? Would they be willing to take a chance at setting something up in a new location, or even if they have no experience, trying their hand at something for a change anyway?

This may play into the "Judo" principle that has been mentioned in Western Spring. For example, what grants, funds, advisory units, and so on, are available to set up businesses like this? Should we not be figuring out how to use all these devices that are out there to our advantage and to help pull people in?

The same goes for house building, and whatever else, which may tie into physically building some parts of planned enclaves as well as provide employment to "our own" in the process. Would people be prepared to work some hours "free" for the cause whilst also being paid for 7 hours of an 8 hour working day? Can we pull in resources from nationalistically inclined materials suppliers?

People may be studying business management, media film editing and production, etc. How can they use these skills towards the cause? The same goes for engineers, plumbers, bricklayers, electricians, teachers, nursery nurses and so on. People may be rubbish at "recruitment", like me, but that does not mean to say other things are not viable from them.

It may all be fantastical, but I hope I convey the vast range of things that could be going on in the future. Things that provide some security, some reason to move, some financial reward too, in some cases, for doing so. 

The way I see it, although the founders of Western Spring may not like to see it this way, is that many people may decide on their own participation levels. If they can do any of the above, that is great. If they cannot, then surely a relocation to an enclave area is enough in itself to still be part of building it?

By this, I mean using the services, the shops, supporting the school governors who are 'our people', and so on...all by default of just living their otherwise normal lives. Having something that is as easy as breathing, where participation is just 'normal life' (and not a concerted effort) might be important to bolster those numbers in the future.

Returning to recruitment for a moment then, I think it would be good to have a succinct A5 sized outline of the programme that can be learnt by existing members in order to better explain themselves, and it, to new people. 

If we draw some attention off wider people for that, a further layer of what it is about and how it could work (such as the kinds of things I mention above, and the attractions an area like that would provide) is likely to be required too.

This is because like "party policies", people may want to know where we stand, what exactly we are working towards for these societies in a wider sense, how they will become superior to the collapsing values around us - and how they will actually work if we gain some control, or how they would work if we do not and if they are under pressure!

If there are too many unknowns, people may not want to make a leap of faith. Many die hard nationalists will struggle to solidly commit themselves in real terms (including myself) - never mind those "friends of friends" that were described earlier. 

However, these works must not be so detailed as to risk "hanging ourselves" on it in terms of throwing nit-picking obstacles in the path of nationalists (who may violently disagree on political solutions or social/moral positions). 

Focus has to be maintained on the task at hand, not fall out over slight policy differences that we cannot control anyway until we have influence to do so!

If at all possible, I think it would also be handy, as part of this, to have a myth-buster on the site which counteracts all the usual narratives that we face, whether from fellow nationalists or the brainwashed wider public.

For example, when we listen into any radio debate these days on anything controversial, we are treated to the same parroted lines as though they are being repeated from a massive blackboard:-

"We are a nation of immigrants anyway, so why should we care?!"
"Immigrants pay more in taxes than they do take out"
"We need immigrants to pay our pensions"
"The NHS would collapse if there were no immigrant origin doctors, nurses and cleaning staff",
"This objection is all about ignorance, fear, bigotry, hate"

And so on. 

A handy rebuffing of all these kinds of narratives may provide a great service to all nationalists as well as be part of the explanation of how our planned society would cope without all these wonderful benefits of diversity!

The last part is the tricky aspect of the movement itself.  I tried to raise this issue at the recent Western Spring meeting in my area, but perhaps it was good that it was slightly misconstrued!.

I tend to say things as I see them, so I hope I did not cause offence with Max Musson over what may have sounded to be allegations or insinuations. 

This tricky part is that of transparency and finances.

There is no polite way to say this, but I think people are naturally going to be suspicious of organisations that encourage fairly substantial monthly payments without having any idea whatsoever of what has been raised, how many are "in" the movement, what it has been spent on, or where else it may be going. 

Personally I have good faith and trust at this time, however, I sought to bring it up because not everybody is so trusting and because finances are a well known and well worn tool of sowing distrust and discord within a movement. 

How to bridge the gap between what has to be a stealth organisation and that of having some transparency of accounts and accrued assets, I do not know. What I do know is that people will not be prepared to throw money into what is a 'black hole' forever.

The usual insinuations will appear - that the money is a "Ponzi scheme" to milk good intentioned nationalists, that it is being trousered ready for them and their family to move elsewhere to escape what is coming, that people are getting rich from it whilst also being genuine, such as saying that we have 3,000 subscribers when in reality there are 4,000. 

I am happy to continue contributing for now (and for the rest of the year). I have faith in the project and those tied to it. 

That being said, as many may know, I am extremely worn out with nationalism as a whole at the moment. I am not presently in the mind frame to throw myself into recruitment drives, to move house to an enclave, or whatever else. I'm not saying I won't do these things, but I personally feel like I need a break from it for a while, as well as from the computer in general.

I do not want to let the side down or be a demoraliser by leaving, so I certainly feel obliged to linger on, but I feel I am not presently in the mood or right frame of mind to be a motivator or all that vigorous in my nationalist beliefs.

In fact, I fear my presence could act as a dampener on getting the Western Spring thing going because of my lack of activity. I would not want that to happen, as it is one of the few remaining things I believe in.

Yes, I do believe in the project, I am actually quite excited by the potential scope of the project and the whole move away from electoral routes. 

I do have a vision of how it may work (well, up to a point!) and I do have positive things to say and to suggest like in this article today. 

So, just because I am feeling a bit tired and burnt out at the moment, it does not mean to say others need to give up.  I have not given up, but I may have to drop back for a while.

Just feel for the poor sods in nationalist politics after the elections, now that is likely to be demoralising and depressing for them!

The good news about that is that we may find some fellow travellers among them that may have a good rethink about what they are doing and start to think positively about moving away from politics and trying activities of the sort being put forward by Western Spring.

I hope this article has been somewhat explanatory of my opinions about some of the issues with Western Spring (and my own shortfalls), and I look forward to any comments that are constructive!