The Saxon Freemen

In the year 772 Charlemagne invaded the lands of the Saxons. It would take him more than thirty years to complete the subjugation, years that included forced conversions to Christianity - the alternative being execution - and the slaughter of 4,500 Saxon prisoners at Verden; and yet, come the year 841, the Saxons rose up one last time in an attempt to restore their old ways. Though quickly put down, it is remarkable that rebellion still dwelt in their hearts, and that old traditions had abided - underground - in the interim. A powerful love of something was passed along in their households. But what?

Certainly, these forgotten people are no less deserving of respect than the many indigenous cultures that now claim preservation as a human right. The Last of the Freemen is a tale of their descendants, living in the United States in the not-too-distant future. This allows me to explore the beliefs and qualities that made them so difficult to conquer, and to do so in a manner relevant to the modern world. In articles that follow, I will explore some themes of the novel - and more broadly, consider the cultural drivers of freedom - for anyone who finds these things of interest.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cultural secession

   Culture is an essential but often overlooked element in the resistance to tyranny.  History provides plentiful examples; Charlemagne had great trouble with both Saxons and Basques; culture was the driving force in Jewish resistance to the Romans; and likewise for the Scots against the English.  But we, today, seem to be missing that clarity.  We've been conquered without noticing, and the old cultures of our ancestors are mostly gone - often given up willingly for the promise of something better, a promise that perhaps held good for a time.  We now find ourselves overtaken by a kind of bizarre pseudo-culture of bread and circuses called "the mainstream"- which has neither ancient traditions nor connection to the land, but rather originates in the controlled messaging of government schools and the mass media.  The values of this conquering system can be summed up as: don't think too much, obey, and always, always trust authority.
   There seems to be no stopping the escalating thefts of our autonomy and our time; governments do what they will, engaging in coercive social engineering and profiteering through a multitude of unpopular measures and unaccountable agencies.  If voting makes no difference, what can an individual do?  It's easy to feel powerless.  But - you can secede.  You can nullify the stupidity and blind obedience that go along with mainstream behavior.
   I see many examples of inchoate cultural secession already - by which I mean the constructive withdrawal from the mainstream, controlled as it is by globalist money and influence - although these withdrawals are not always self-aware as such.  Across the political spectrum there is revulsion and revolt: from homeschoolers to "eat local" trends, permaculture to precious metal enthusiasts, from alternative medicine to the sound of our music (should A=440 Hz?), elite memes are being challenged and overturned.  And when the grievances can be traced to a common source - the grotesque symbiosis of big government, central banks, multinational corporations and global NGOs - I see no need for bickering between 'right' and 'left'.  Call it oligarchy or a kind of maladaptive institutional opportunism, the individual is powerless to change their direction.  But by repositioning yourself, and the culture you bring into the world through your own actions, you can deprive them of their leverage.
   As individuals involved in these various withdrawals - these nullifications of influence and authority - we need only realize the commonality of our efforts.  A self-aware secessionist movement that works towards family-based, locally-sourced self-reliance will build the networks that prove troublesome for any tyranny, national or global.  Simple acts, like shutting off your television, talking to your neighbors, bartering, or participating in alternative markets take on a new significance when seen in this light.  The movement isn't, and shouldn't be, monolithic, and it need not have a name or a leader; far better without, thus depriving the powers-that-be of an easy target.  All it needs is self-awareness.  The rest has already begun.