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Australia Alienated

Australians are struggling under the threefold assault of progressivism:

Our corrosive neoliberal economic configuration has left those outside of the professional classes with an increasing lack of fulfilling, full-time work with which to raise a family.

Our Cultural Marxist elite works every day to destroy our cultural totems, deconstruct the historic Australian identity and subvert any traditions conducive to the maintenance and growth of civilisation.

Finally, Australians increasingly live in a state of anarcho-tyranny, where those who are lawful and just are punished, while those who actively work against our society are feted as heroes. Naturally, debased sections of our lower classes (‘freed’ from the constraints of religion, tradition or even the need to support themselves through their own labour) are ably assisted in committing crime by a steady infusion of violent and unassimilable aliens invited into our country to entrench the power of our parasitic elite.

The result? A growing sense of anomie and ennui accompanied by a retreat into the fantasies of drugs, alcohol, sexual libertinism and pornography… a culture which is dying, as attested to by our sub-replacement fertility level.

Switch the country and the essentials don’t change. The pattern is something seen across most of the nations of the West, such as the US, the UK and France.

Rise of the Alt-Right

But there is hope. Into this void the alt-right has arisen. A motley collection of identitarians, nationalists and traditionalists who may not agree on everything save that something is seriously wrong, and the bromides of the Enlightenment are not going to get us out of this fix.

As the alt-right has increasingly moved from being an online-only community to one that interacts in real life, talk has moved to how best to restore our civilisation. Electoral politics? NRx-style passivism? Meme warfare?

All these things are needed, but how can we preserve our culture and protect our children in the near future, while we work on these larger, longer-term efforts?

The answer often given is to form our own communities of like-minded people, geographically locating together away from major cities riven by criminal immigrants and a hostile cultural elite. The conversation in the alt-right intersects with a similar conversation going on in Christian circles about the Benedict Option, which share many of the same concerns as the alt-right.

There is much to recommend such an approach. Joining in a community together will allow us to more easily educate our children, protect each other from harm and rebuild the true communal spirit so many of us lack as the atomised consumers of the deracinated West.

Furthermore, as such communities grow, there’ll be increasing opportunities to cater to each other by owning and operating the means of production for goods and services we all require… think of things like neighbourhood patrols, grocery co-ops, community-owned agriculture and fraternal organisations for mutual aid.

Such communities also offer the potential of local political capture, in the same way that ultra-Orthodox Jews have done in New York.

There is a trade-off though: Removing ourselves from major centres of population removes many of us from being plugged into the main networks of global industry, commerce and influence. Even with decent-sized intentional communities, making this move will be difficult for those who don’t have location-independent skills or professions. Also, moving to the hinterlands often precludes being a member of the commanding heights institutions such as the civil service, major corporations, the police, judiciary, military and intelligence agencies which eventually we will need to control. Is there a way we can overcome this trade-off?

Community Currency

A potential answer lies in looking at previous experiments in facilitating exchange within a small geographic community using a local currency. While there are many different models, the basics require a new currency, separate to the local legal tender, which can only be used with local participating merchants. Some models are true monetary units, others act as a favour bank. Some incorporate a level of inflation to encourage spending, others do not.

Once our intentional communities reach a certain level of scale, a community currency would seem a sensible thing to investigate anyway, but the real potential lies in treating the currency not as a tool of a geographic community, but one of an ideological or tribal community.

A currency that could be used across Australia by all nationalists would allow a much greater degree of scale to develop. Eventually, as the user base grew, it would make it much easier for rightists to leave the major cities while also making it possible for us to more easily reverse colonise the cities by more tightly supporting each other economically.

Our own currency could be a key step in advancing the model of groups like Golden Dawn and Casa Pound which provide services for their members that are not provided by the hollow state. These groups have advanced into the gaps left to them and have the potential to become a State-within-a-State. The most advanced stage of this thus far is shown by Hezbollah, which now has de-facto control over the Lebanese government.

This is a huge opportunity for the alt-right. Now obviously, there’s a requirement to flesh out how such a currency would be configured, and as the many ex-libertarian Austro-autistes reading this would understand, monetary economics is not a simple affair, but the technology is out there to make this something we can readily experiment with.

The alienated white proletariat will increasingly need community, enterprise and employment, not just political representation. The addition of a community-based but geographically decentralised currency could take us from a Golden Dawn or Casa Pound to a national or even transnational phyle like the neo-Victorians of Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age. At that point, our destiny would truly be in our own hands.

Note: This piece was largely written before the announcement of Counter.Fund, which is an ambitious attempt to provide some of the same benefits as described here to the broader alt-right ‘tribe’.

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Gladio

Gladio is a Sydney-based neoreactionary.

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