Saturday, 3 May 2008

A New European Constitution

A New European Constitution.

Following on from my previous piece on the European State, I would like to make a few suggestions on a new constitution for Europe based not on the hollow charade of financial democracy, but on a return to the virile attributes of the true essence of Europe, ancient Rome.
I asked before that if workers militias are to be the sentinel of the Guilds in a European future how would they be organised? It was envisaged that each Guild would be have its own militia organization, factory/office units being answerable to the Guild militia commanders, themselves answerable to the Guild itself. Certain people it was proposed would naturally rise to command in the Guild militias. It was these commanders that would go on to training in martial discipline, ideological development and philosophy.

My proposal is that among this warrior/philosopher/worker elite that the elders among them would comprise a senate in each of the countries of Europe. As in the Roman Republic, these senates would hold real power, yet governing in conjunction with the Grand European Corporate Chamber which itself will have created the European Economic Plan, and this plan would set the limits which the Senates would have to work within.

Some sort of executive would of course be necessary. Drawing once more from the Roman model, from the various senates would be drawn The Consulate, consisting itself of three Consuls one of whom one will operate for a given period as the First Consul of Europe (First Consul).
Similar to ancient Rome it would be the official body in charge of foreign affairs including the sending and receiving of ambassadors. Furthermore, all military and defence matters would be its responsibility. However, the Consulate would have no legislative powers.

Perhaps then Europe can mean more than the shallow deals of the money-grubbers for ever in thrall to non-European powers.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Retail Therapy

RPMThe early sixties are seen by many as a time of radical socialchange, what is often less appreciated is the dramatic economicchanges that occurred. The then future-to-be Prime Minister ofBritain, Conservative Ted Heath was then "President of the Board ofTrade". His principal achievement was the abolition of resale pricemaintenance, carried out in the teeth of opposition from smallshopkeepers.RPM had long been condemned by Labour, but had previously beendefended by the Conservatives. Most small shopkeepers saw in RPMtheir last chance of coexisting with supermarkets and discountstores. Even with the protection of price fixing, the number ofshops with fewer than ten branches declined from 503,000 in 1950 to483,000 in 1961.The National Chamber of Trade bravely promisedto "move heaven and earth to prevent this bill being adopted.Eventually RPM was largely repealed in 1964, after supermarketlobbying.Later, forced industrial decline in the Britain in the 1980sreleased large areas of land that were used for supermarketretailing. Supermarkets spread into Scotland and Wales from England;Asda was once just in northern England, and Sainsbury just in theSouth. Now they are international, opening branches in Europe, eastAsia, and elsewhere. Supermarket opening hours have lengthened; manyopen 24 hours a day. This has harmed many small shops, which openedfrom very early to very late, but not for the full 24 hours.Supermarkets gained massive economies of scale by this expansion,and also `buying power', the power to force down wholesale pricesfrom farms, whilst demanding higher quality, standardised produce.Consumers gained cheap all-year-round fruit and vegetables, but therural economy has lost money and jobs, and local villagers using thesmall shop have been replaced by commuters using the supermarket.Supermarket price wars, whilst not aimed at small shops, hurt themin the fall-out as items like bread or baked beans are reduced to afew pennies, far below cost.Perhaps it is time to look again at RPM.Sources:The Ecology of Food Deserts – Hilary Shaw, University of Leeds(1998-2004)Time-Politics and Prices(1964)

Syndical Investment

We are supporters of Syndicalistic worker-ownership of larger enterprises, but the problem observed by economists who have studiedthe possibilities of such a system is the lack of larger scale capital investment when a business opportunity presents itself. Can I suggestthe pension funds become totally owned by the Guilds and would therefore be at the disposal of our syndical businesses for investment.A fundamentalist free-marketeer may criticise, but I say that suchinvestments certainly couldn't perform any worse for the savers thanpension funds have in recent years, that would be impossible.

The Social Republic

Why do I propose a two-part governing system? It is not some reflection of the feeble institutions characteristic of financial democracy, their so-called Senate and House of Representatives, or even more ridiculously the British House of Commons and House of Lords. Both examples represent the arrangement that if the first chamber doesn't completely follow the interests of money-power, the second one will see to it that it does.No, in a truly balanced system all the power of wealth should lie with the Guilds. Not only is this the natural order of things, but it concretely ensures that our "aristocracy of the spirit" is not exposed to the temptation of using its position to obtain wealth which inevitably would lead to heredity and therefore decay. The system continually throwing up new generations of leaders for the senate would constantly present challenge to decadence.Democracy, government by the people for the people in a pure form has never existed outside a very few historical, small- scale societies. The manageability of such a structure is well-nigh impossible in any society that hopes to reap benefits of scale. What it usually ends up with, and certainly has in the West, is the rule by a financial oligarchy- rule by the few. I use the term oligarchy because aristocracy has about it the implication of honour, this is indeed the very opposite of what our ruling elites represent. Do not for a minute confuse my use of aristocracy with the sad and sorry landed gentry still to be found in some parts of Europe, they are nothing more the repulsive reminder of previous long past corruptions of leaders. For the aristocracy of the spirit is also the aristocracy of honour.Europe is our concern and European greatness, but it must be accepted that spiritual aristocracies have existed outside of our civilization. The Samurai of Japan were one such and it was the gallant Yukio Mishima who made the ultimate statement of honour in the terms of his own nobility's code in his rejection of decadence of civilization. Another example is that of a distant Indo-European relative of our great civilization, Vedic India. Kshatriya is one of the four varnas, or castes, in Hinduism. Traditionally, the ruling or military class belonged to the Kshatriya varna. In ancient Vedic society, a person's varna was assigned based on aptitude , conduct , and nature . Tragically over the years, these groups became hereditary, leading to the objectionable, rigid system to be found in India to this day.So many political dictionary explanations of the term Republic will meaninglessly speak of popular sovereignty, but in truth the naiveté of these assumptions is astounding. Classical republics, including the Roman Republic, were not based on popular sovereignty but the rule of the more competent for society as a whole. Society here means more than a sum of parts, some sort of vulgar vox-pop. It means society, culture, civilisation and in Hegelian terms, the State. Hence the true republic is the Social Republic.By Comrade Dale Saxbey.

Land, Work and Brotherhood

Shaka Hislop has hit out at his former team-mate Paolo di Canio after the Italian was fined for showing a fascist salute while playing for Lazio. …BBC NewsBlack British football player Hislop said their friendship was over after Di Canio made the gesture in a game at Livorno and has not apologised. Hislop said: "Paolo never impressed me as that kind of person when he was here at West Ham. "When it is someone you thought was a friend it has a longer-lasting effect. I am very disappointed by it." Di Canio was suspended for one match and fined for aiming the salute at supporters, which he insists has "nothing to do with political ideologies." "I will always salute that way because it gives me a sense of belonging to my people," he said recently. But Hislop is disgusted by Di Canio's explanation for his straight-armed salute. He said: "He got on well with my wife and my kids and to see him making headlines for his actions disappoints me greatly because of what those gestures mean and the wider effect of it." Paolo was certainly someone I considered a friend who I liked a lot, so I am very disappointed. " Hislop need not have worried and could have maintained his friendship, Di Canio has claimed that he is "a fascist, not a racist. "The salute is aimed at my people" he claimed. "With the straight arm I don't want to incite violence and certainly not racial hatred." The distinction made be lost on some, but Di Canio speaks to a tradition of Italian fascism that was never essentially about racism, but rather Roman civilisation and European culture. The essence is of course Indo-European, but that is in the spiritual area, not the anatomical. Our culture is a dynamic thing and although we must be conscious of our glorious history, our culture is not some fossil to be put on exhibition. Race is spiritual and not anatomical, as Francis Parker Yockey told us in Imperium, it is not independent of the land. Land in its wider meaning, man's interaction with it, a process we call work. As a young man I inhabited the terraces of a local football team, its what working class youth did in 1969. While middle calls navel-gazers recovered from the so-called summer of love, we followed more virile pursuits. I occasionally look back now with not a little embarrassment at the antics we performed and I am not at all proud of many. But we had an honesty that for all their mock sincerity the Hippies lacked. We represented (in the main) honest toil, they self-indulgence. And I stood on the terraces with West Indian boys with the same accent as mine, bound as brothers by our common bond to labour and leisure at its end. We were the living embodiment of a living culture on European soil, not some daft faux romanticism. We did hold antipathy towards Indian and Pakistanis because they were not part of our cultural milieu, not only did they not at that time wish to integrate, many held us in contempt. That I now regret, however I do now recognise as Francis Parker Yockey said, the further away that newcomers come from the greater the disruption. The point is that it is not so much geographically as culturally.As long as European Nationalism focuses on some bourgeois idea of cozy little Europe, the project will go nowhere.The descendents of the S.S.Wind Rush passengers have been in this country for several generations now, few have any connection left to the West Indies, let alone Africa. If Europe were to be organised along the economic lines set out by Oswald Mosley, what I believe to be the natural order in economic and political affairs, then statisticians would certainly see the population of Europe following a normal distribution (in statistical terms) around a mean that would be the indigenous European. This follows as an automatic consequence, no magic, no fortress Europe, just the natural order. However at either end of the curve will be people who are not connected to indigenous forbears but are culturally European."Race is not independent of the soil."-Francis Parker Yockey

Europe-Flight and Plan

Corporate welfare-the enormous and myriad subsidies, bailouts, giveaways, tax loopholes, debt revocations, loan guarantees, discounted insurance and other benefits conferred by government on business-is a function of political corruption. Our European Social Republic will sweep away the opportunity and motive for such corruption because the Guilds themselves would devise the indicative economic plan which would order European economic activity, with no scope for particular interest groups to pursue a campaign of government capture.Perhaps the most damaging is the huge subsidisation of aviation. The price tag for consumers is held artificially low thanks to a taxpayers' subsidy. And if that's not enough - aviation is now the fastest source of carbon dioxide emissions contributing to climate change, and the effects of air pollution on public health are well documented. Complete European autarky would be a cold and lonely path, but a high degree of European self-reliance would be necessary were a planned European syndicalist economy to happen. Massive tariff walls, which usually have a corrupting influence themselves as people find ways to get around them, are not necessary if air miles have their true cost, world regionalization of markets would naturally occur. This in turn would allow Europe far greater control over its economy in order that it may implement the plan."The Queen Elizabeth II opened a giant, luxury terminal at London's Heathrow airport on Friday, despite security breaches by protesters opposed to expanding the world's busiest international air gateway. The soaring glass and metal Terminal Five, Britain's largest enclosed space, will be the new home of British Airways, channelling passengers past Gucci and Prada boutiques and a restaurant by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay." -Yahoo News 12/03/08-European Social Republicans should be opposed to such a development.By Comrade Dale Saxbey

A Guilded Future

Trades Unions have since Thatcher been effectively neutered and that goes for most other parts of Europe too, thedays when they could be viewed as a vehicle of revolutionary changeseem long gone. It is time to adapt to the present Europe, that isEuropeans as passive consumers, particularly of debt rather than noble workers. How to reverse the situation?Credit Unions have become increasingly popular in recent years as away of escaping the clutches of the banks, especially among the less advantaged, yet even they still operate under the slave regime ofusury. The Islamic Bank of Britain operates usury-free banking andis open to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.The Co-operative bank usually provides banking for Credit Unions in Britain, but even they are driven by the charging of interest. If C.U.s could see the benefit of investing their funds in the Islamic bank, the affect of non-usury could filter down to these people who are struggling financially. Less debt leaves more money to invest in worker share-ownership or the establishment of co-operative enterprises; investment banking could make banks partners rather than racketeers. If successful, the workers would eventually want to buy out the bank from their enterprises, returning more funds for re-investment elsewhere in the economy. In response to non-cooperative monopolistic predatory competition, these new co-ops would be forced to form guilds. But the piece of the puzzle missing is the answer to the question as to would Europeans want to invest their wealth in their enterprises given the range of investments available to them, particularly in Britain with its obsession with housing property investments. At a fundamental level this can only be addressed by the re-acqaintence of European man with his spiritual species being, with his culture intimately tied up with relationship with the soil, i.e. work. This will only come with a re-awakening of the European soul. On a more superficial level I would suggest the introduction of LVT, Land Value Taxation and a commensurate reduction in Income Tax to kill off the speculative nature of property investment.