Greetings! My name is Andrew Yeoman and the publishers of this blog have invited me to contribute to Occidental Dissent. I am quite honored to be here and look forward to contributing additional perspectives to this site.
I’m sure some Occidental Dissent readers are familiar with who I am but for the rest of you I thought an introduction would be in order.
I will start with a bit of a caveat: I am not a white nationalist.
Now settle down, don’t get bent out shape just yet and hear me out.
A few years ago I moved to California. Why on Earth would any sane white male do that you ask? Well I had my reasons and they all seemed good enough to me at the time to make a cross country move to a land I had never visited before. I landed in San Francisco and began building a new life. Things were going well for me with my career of choice on track, beautiful girlfriend, and a fun and frequently interesting city to explore. However over time there were many aspects of the city that bothered me. I began developing questions in my mind. Why were the once magnificent 1920’s era movie theatres in ruins? Why were city streets named after Germans or English names dominated by Hispanics and Asians? Why were blacks given such a privileged status in social events? Why was it that it was impossible to go to a restaurant that did not have Mexican workers? Why was I able to hear a dozen Asian languages on the bus but never English? Why were the residents reading newspapers in Mandarin and not English? And just what the hell is with a city endorsing public gay sex?
These and other questions troubled me. When searching for words to describe what San Francisco must of been like before its modern incarnation I came up with the phrase “the city of San Francisco is a skeleton of a once great people.”
Eventually I turned to resources online where I knew I could find other people who shared these views.
I came to these conclusions while morally, ideologically, and politically active as an anarchist for all of my adult life. I have put time, energy, countless hours, and sometimes, great personal risk, devoted to a cause to “smash the state” and rid peoples lives of this green colored paper called money that they fought and killed for.
It was my belief then as now that such a project is possible, inevitable even, due to systematic failures or the will of the people to declare the State as no longer required for their existence. I realize this makes me sound like an idealist and that in the modern world, the anarchist platform may not be practical to carry out in every instance and in every locale. However I feel that the risk of anarchist failure to manage human needs effectively can be no less worse than what is happening today on a global scale.
Eventually I discovered the synthesis of ideas that would change my life forever. In the late 1990’s out of the ashes of the Third Positionist movement in Europe developed a revolutionary conjecture: that nationalism- the self determination of a people- and anarchism- rule without government or money could be combined to make National-Anarchism: an anarchism beyond both the left and the right yet contains elements of both.
Interestingly these ideas have been suggested in the past by such acclaimed thinkers as Ernst Junger and Julius Evola. Other figures presaged a National-Anarchism such as Italian futurist Gabriele D’Annunzio who in 1919 with an army of anarchists, fascists, and Italian navy assets created a pirate “Republic of Fiume” across the Adriatic sea and planned to “give it” to Italy.
In 2007 I met the German national Welf Herfurth in San Francisco who shared his vision of what National Anarchism was meant to be. Welf was a lifelong German nationalist and had in recent years come to the conclusion that the nationalism he promoted in his youth was a dead end. That in many cases nationalists were themselves to blame for holding back the implementation of the ideas they held dear. Among other things Welf believes it necessary to work with all sorts of people to achieve mutually desired goals. Through many long walks up and down the hills the of San Francisco we discussed these ideas and his experiences traveling around the world. I came to the belief that National Anarchism needed to reach more people and in the days after our meeting I set out to do just that and formed the Bay Area National Anarchists (BANA).
Now I won’t get into all the details of what we have been doing for the last three years as that would exceed my intent in writing this article. But needless to say I am proud to have been told by others that what we are doing is innovative and that we are representing the disenfranchised white people in the Bay Area who have no voice in the government and who are ignored by the media, and are developing a community that can be the bridge to the next level of our struggle in our local communities. The definitive history of our movement has yet to be written for it is being lived in the present.
In writing for the Occidental Dissent it is my sincere wish to share, learn, and grow with OD readers, commentators, and fellow bloggers as we go through a critical phase in the development of representing beleaguered and downtrodden white Americans.