Thursday, 24 October 2013

Another Shade of Green: Collected Writings of Richard Hunt



RICHARD Hunt was one of the most important and original Anarchist thinkers of the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Having begun his political journey in Green Anarchist circles, Hunt later established Alternative Green magazine in the early-1990s. His concise analysis of the relationship between the periphery and the core, as well as his reasons behind the ongoing scandal of Third World starvation and poverty in general, led to him breaking the stranglehold of the authoritarian Left and engaging in meaningful dialogue with elements of the so-called Far Right. Given the traditional hostility between these two sides of the political spectrum, Richard Hunt and his new allies in the ranks of English nationalism were essentially making history. Hunt, who was always a very honest and open-minded individual, refused to be taken in by the accusations of 'fascism' that greeted anyone brave enough to co-operate with those decentralists who did not come from a typical Left-wing background and his collaboration with the National Revolutionary Faction (NRF) in the staging of the highly-successful Anarchist Heretics Fair in Brighton, during May 2000, led to him being demonised by the ironically-named 'anti-fascists' of Searchlight magazine and other neo-totalitarian drones on the Left. This was a ground-breaking victory in the attempt to create a convergence of like-minds and Hunt's ideas had a massive impact on the emergence of National-Anarchism. Despite the fact that he had no interest in racial separatism, Hunt was a true Anarchist and realised that the differences between himself and his friends in National-Anarchism were fairly minimal and that together they could become a force to be reckoned with. National-Anarchism has since grown steadily over the last few years and now has supporters all over the world. This book is a way of reminding people about the ideological impact that Richard Hunt has had on its development and, although his death in 2012 was a great loss, perhaps he is looking down on us from some great ethereal realm – green, of course - safe in the knowledge that his political, social and economic ideas are now receiving the attention that they deserve. Chapters include The Theory of Alternative Green, The Natural Society, Who's Starving Them?, Don't Knock Nationalism Yet, The Headless-Chicken Lefties, The Right's Bleak Utopia, Whose Crime Is It?, The Revolution on the Periphery, How the Rulers Create the Poverty, Free Trade or Protection?, Solving Green Problems, Witch-Finder General, Distributism: Economic Theory of the Far Right and the Greens, Kinship Versus Government, An Interview with Richard Hunt, Return of the Darwinists, Art Boosts the Peck Order, Why Anarchism?, Situationism, Territoriality, Determinism, Philosophy: A Failed Project, and Towards a New Revolutionary Paradigm: Beyond Left-Right. The book includes an Introduction by Troy Southgate (Editor) and personal tributes to Richard Hunt by Wayne John Sturgeon and Anthony Wilkes.

August 2013, Black Front Press, paperback, 250pp. The sketch is by Anthony Wilkes and the cover was designed by Jeff Harrison.
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