I have been invited to submit an article for the Action Zealandia website, on the context of A-Z vis-à-vis the New Zealand Right. What I know of A-Z is entirely gleaned from reading the website. I know nothing of those involved, its structure and contacts. This notwithstanding the allegation that I am the ‘mentor’ of A-Z, a predictably half-witted assumption that has been made by several academics and journalists who are unable to articulate their case against A-Z because they have none.
I was active within Rightist groups from 1975 to early 2005 and left organisational efforts because of the decline in quality of the Right in New Zealand. If I was the right age group I would apply without hesitation for A-Z membership, as it is the only worthy organisation to have emerged in New Zealand for decades, with due acknowledgement to Dominion Movement for paving the way.
Where Not to Tread
A-Z is sensible to have formed specifically as a ‘youth’ movement, while at the same time eschewing elements of youth subcultures such as the skinheads, which with a few individual exceptions, have proved a liability wherever they have aligned with the Right. While it is unfortunate that skinheads are often among the few who will stand in public, on the streets, not only the posturing image but also the lack of a genuine political motive is self-defeating for any organisation that accepts them in significant proportions. For the extreme Left associations with the histrionic, the gender-confused, the
The skinhead basis of New Zealand’s two former primary Rightist organisations, National Front and
A-Z has thankfully not followed an anti-Muslim formulae, and does not emerge from such a milieu. Because of the serious intent of DM, that project was targeted by both media and state authorities despite never, as far as I am aware, having been involved with anything of an Islamophobic character. Paradoxically, those projects that are Islamophobic, such as Right Minds NZ, New Conservatives, and Investigate magazine, each avidly pro-Israel, were left unmolested. While Patrick Gower, Paul Spoonley, Marc (Jews-are-indigenous-to-Palestine) Daalder et al strained to see connections between NZ Identitarians and Brentan Tarrant as part of an extreme Right worldwide genocidal conspiracy against Muslims, left unsaid were the Zionist entities that promote and fund the likes of Tommy Robinson and Geert Wilders. (See: Bolton, ‘Islamophobia: Trojan Horse Amidst the Right’, Arktos Journal, https://arktos.com/2019/04/26/islamophobia-trojan-horse-amidst-the-right/).
What should be realised is that if the Right is
Hitherto the Right was largely shaped by the media; prior to the internet. The internet has been a double-edged
The actions of individuals without a sense of restraint make group discipline difficult to maintain, thereby rebounding on whatever organisation to which an individual might identify. The media and their academic drones are permanently poised to pounce on anything that might be used to smear the Right however tenuously.
One of the worst features, albeit the one that can be the most easily controlled, but which through either laziness, carelessness, or some weird notion of ‘freedom of expression’, is too often left to fester is the website forum. Here it seems that all and sundry are permitted free reign to vent bile, threats, insults, tantrums and hatred, which are abstracted by the opposition and from which a pig’s breakfast can be made by the smear-mongers as though such forum quips represent the continuum of Rightist ideology from de Maistre, Spann, Burke, Carlyle, Vico, Jung, Lorenz, or Spengler…. Since the Antiright is itself ideologically and intellectually bereft, including its ‘academics’, and since journalists are instructed to dumb-down their material to the level of a fourteen-year-old readership, they rely on word-bites for their smears.
A-Z has maintained a reasonable, and usually excellent, standard of comment on its forum, and uses the opportunity to intelligently explicate its outlook.
However, the over-riding advantage of the internet, if discipline and quality are maintained, is the ability to inexpensively create one’s own media which can have a relatively large outreach. Prior to this, the Right relied on the distribution of printed material that necessarily had a very limited readership, leading to the other primary factor: the need to attract the attention of the news media to convey that message to a wider audience. Hence, one was reliant on an organ of the enemy. Obviously, the media was going to retard that message beyond recognition. The best that could be hoped for was some small element of the message to reach the public, and within that public some very few to see past the distortions, and to think further. Even here, in order to attract media attention gimmicks were required, presenting matters in a more extreme manner than what one might personally believe. And again, what quality does one recruit by gimmickry and contrived extremism? This was the unfortunate circumstance of the view that ‘any publicity is good publicity’, which of course it is not.
A-Z is correct to eschew communication with the news media no matter how tempting. This is not a matter of ‘hiding’ from accountability, but a recognition that journalists are constitutionally unable to comment on such matters with objectivity and balance. Paradoxically, the more you remain silent, the more fixated they become. The task is to continue creating one’s own quality media, via internet, broadcast and print. Again, A-Z has stood out with its striking visuals.
Overview of the NZ Right
Ideologically, A-Z also stands unique within the New Zealand Right. This largely concerns A-Z being a youth
Post-war, the Right did not start to coalesce until the betrayal of the war generation became manifest with the scuttling of the Empire. The prompting for a movement came from the League of Empire Loyalists (LEL) in Britain, whose leader A. K. Chesterton, a journalist noted as a Shakespeare
Inevitably, age took its toll. A few younger individuals established projects such as the newsletter Pointing Right, the magazine Heed, and the New Force/Nationalist Workers’ Party. This latter group formulated an ideology and drew its antecedents from the early Labour movement. It found inspiration from the ideology being developed by a young generation of activists and thinkers in Australia, at the time named National Alliance (later National Action), who warned of the approaching menace of
With the passing of the generation around the League of Rights and NZ Commonwealth Alliance, and the withdrawal of younger activists, the continuum of the Right was broken. In particular, there was no longer an ideological cadre. It did not exist in subsequent versions of the NF, nor the RWR, and a few other groups of short duration and indiscernible impact. The disconnect ran from the demise of the NWP in the early 1980s until the emergence of Dominion Movement, and subsequent A-Z; that is, over three decades of
Ideological Antecedents in Nouvelle Droite
However, it would be incorrect to say that DM/A-Z
The New Right (the antithesis of the Whig liberalism that is often called ‘New Right’ especially in the Anglophone states, and particularly by inept academics) confronted the New Left at every ideological level, and showed how the latter was a sham. The Left have no answer and responds with ad hominem. Generation Identity, as it has been called in Europe, continues that legacy. From its extension out of Europe, the Motherland, the movement has reached across the Atlantic, and over the Pacific to the Antipodes. That, I presume to think, is the heritage and mission of its New Zealand manifestation, Action Zealandia.