Pan-Secessionist Militant Street Actions 3

NA23 offers this suggestion:

The key is the breaking down of the Left/Right dichotomy with a real social alternative. We have to disrupt the labels and stereotypes held by the left, right and the media. This can only be done succesfully through frequent street actions and public involvement, on as many issues as is possible.

The strategy of tension and the disruption of dogmas through confusion.

This may well be correct, as it has been the National-Anarchists of Australia and New Zealand that have been achieving the highest level of recognition so far as “neither left nor right” movements go, and they have been doing it through street actions.

Some examples:

http://www.newrightausnz.com/?p=110

http://www.newrightausnz.com/?p=109

http://www.newrightausnz.com/?p=4

What the folks in Australia have shown is that even a small group that acts correctly can make something of an impact.  A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a non-political acquaintance who told me that most leftist demonstrations he had observed appeared to be nothing more than chaotic, incoherent nonsense with a bunch of people swarming around and heading off into all sorts of different directions and often carrying signs (usually exhibiting the quality of what a third-grader with a box of crayons might produce) with slogans that were irrelevant to the purpose of the protest itself, for instance, “Save the Whales” signs being carried at an antiwar demo. I suggested in response that it would be more effective if a group of protestors simply marched in an organized way, carrying one big banner that was professionally done and that got the message across, with relevant literature available to give out to interested passersby.

From the photos of the New Right Aus/Nz actions, it appears that this is precisely what they do. Hence, their effectiveness. Also, notice that many of them are wearing black outfits and some are wearing masks (warning: wearing a mask in public is illegal in some US jurisdictions). This is good as it gives the marchers an appearance of seriousness that counterbalances the hippy-dippy, hysterical leftoid image of protest demonstrations.

So how would we do what our Australian/Nz friends are doing in the USA? NA23’s position of adopting such tactics towards many issues seems appropriate. No doubt different issues will be more significant in certain places and at certain times. On the secession question itself, image a demo similar to that depicted in these NA-NR Aus/NZ photos outside of federal buildings in the capital cities of individual states demanding autonomy for regions and cities. Imagine such demos outside courthouses, jails and police stations demanding an end to the police state and the legal racket and prison-industrial complex built up around it. Imagine demos outside the headquarters of corporations, banks and businesses institutions involved in nefarious activities. Imagine such a demo outside military recruitment centers handing out antiwar literature making serious arguments as opposed to the usual “No Blood for Oil” leftoid crap.  There could be similar actions against the eradication of low income housing, or against corporate welfare-funded development projects, and many other targets.

What would be particularly advantageous is if anti-System groups from opposite ends of the political or cultural spectrum could get in the habit of marching together against common enemies, not out of a sense of brotherly love, but out of recognition of common enemies. For instance, religious fundamentalists and environmentalists demanding an end to the feds’ harassment of pro-life, environmental or animal rights groups. Left-wing anarchists, black nationalists and white nationalists marching over, say, police brutality or housing issues (yes, such groups have actually engaged in joint actions in the past). Homosexuals and motorcycle gangs marching in protest over harassment of gay bars and biker bars by zoning and liquor licensing boards.

You get the idea.

Of course, any such actions have the potential for violence as well as legal complications. Go in with your eyes open. Consult with lawyers, train your people in how to deal with the police when arrested, do your homework, etc.

Maybe we can reclaim the good name of protest.

3 comments

  1. ||Of course, any such actions have the potential for violence as well as legal complications. Go in with your eyes open. Consult with lawyers, train your people in how to deal with the police when arrested, do your homework, etc.

    Maybe we can reclaim the good name of protest.||

    It must be widely known that protesting must not become a hobby and the sole political activity of any individual or group. Many leftists rock up to the planned protests throughout the year and are otherwise not seen or heard of in any political activism. The NR/NA use protests to voice a clear message on an issue and spend the rest of our time on a whole range of issues.

    What is seen throughout the world about our activism is mostly our protests – images of non-dogmatic activists being abused and threatened by leftist hypocrites. It is a major part of our activism to get inside the masses of leftists and question their dogmas, involve them in debate and pull them out of their comfort zones. They will often try to ignore you, or even attack you and though you may feel you are getting no where, people are talking about you and thinking. It is when they feel down about the left (or right) getting no where in any Western country that they will think back about those third positionist groups and read upon them in more detail.

    It is neccesary to become involved in communities and non-profit organisations. Make friends within the community; adopt a pensioner, help with gardening, host trade meets and any other communitarian activities you can think of. Introduce your new local friends to your political friends, host BBQ’s and you will notice the impact it has. The communities you are active in will suddenly be open to your politics and much more loyal when the media or leftoids [nice term] try to slander your group and ideals.

    Protests have been polluted by the left because they are not radical, they become just another part of the culture. Protests can be revived but it is key to remember that, for want of a better word, protests are a propaganda tool, your key political activism must be beating down the dogmas and building up the communities. It is through acting in the way the government should but won’t that we will garner support. We have to show the people that we offer what they want and need.

    Thanks for the article Keith, I really do love reading AttackTheSystem and I try to spread it as widely as I can.

  2. It must be widely known that protesting must not become a hobby and the sole political activity of any individual or group.

    Amen. If anything, it should perhaps be seen as a morale-boosting action for the group itself rather than one primarily geared towards achieving particular political ends directly. There’s just not a lot of evidence that protests nowadays have an effect except in exceptional circumstances that are difficult to predict ahead of time.

  3. What would be particularly advantageous is if anti-System groups from opposite ends of the political or cultural spectrum could get in the habit of marching together against common enemies, not out of a sense of brotherly love, but out of recognition of common enemies

    It was particularly gratifying at the Revolution March this weekend to see Naomi Wolf clearly extending olive branches to the libertarians, and explicitly apologizing for overlooking them in the past and extolling the virtues of targeted, trans-ideological, issue-based coalitions. She seems to get the need for cooperation between the left and the libertarians (although I don’t think she’s quite as revolutionary as we would be, she does understand the urgency of the fascist tendencies in this country). I loved how she didn’t give up ground (she brushed off talk about gun rights, which she obviously opposes) while still stressing the need for working together where we DO agree.

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