Kernow Action Now!-From Cornish Democrat Blog

Here is a comment from The Cornish Democrat.  A response from one of our group is below.

Kernow Action Now!

The Cornish have a long history with direct action (see C24 forum thread) not the least of which being the 1497 rebellion against an unfair taxation coupled with an English establishment encroaching on Cornish rights. Community groups and movements are to be found across Kernow perhaps the most high profile ones recently being the Trelawny Alliance and STIG.

Equally in other Celtic nations anarchism has been married with demands for cultural and political rights. Take for example the Breton group Coordination Bretagne Indépendate et Libertaire (CBIL) and its many affiliated groups (1)(2)(3)(4). Rooting themselves in the culture and territory they come form groups such as CBIL campaign for inclusive and autonomous communities coupled with a virulent anti-fascism.
It should be noted that the above are not to be confused with the perverse neo-Nazi national anarchists who mix anarchism with theories of racial purity.
Perhaps with the blog –Kernow Action Now!– it is the first time we have seen non-violent direct action married with the politics of anarchy in the Duchy. I really know nothing about them but from what I can see their focus is on environmental and social issues rather than political autonomy or cultural rights. They look to have some connection with the Transition movement. However they seem to want to fight the good fight and Cornwall’s problems can certainly be analysed from social, environmental and feminist perspectives.
Nevertheless it should be pointed out to KAN that activists who targeted the the myriad of undemocratic quangos that govern Kernow and the feudal Duchy with its insidious influence over our democracy would be applauded by many in the Cornish autonomist movement.
A thread exists on the Cornwall 24 forum –Calling Cornish Anarchists– so perhaps KAN could be invited to tell us a little bit more about themselves, and if anyone fancies jumping in the lions den there is a thread on the Libcom forum called –Cornish Anarchists / Cornish Autonomists. Be warned though the would ‘nationalist’ causes a violent reaction.

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4 Responses to Kernow Action Now!-From Cornish Democrat Blog

  1. kernowaction says:

    Response from a KAN! member (this is not a group response, merely a personal personal response):

    I am an anarchist. I believe in autonomy for all people and all communities. I want Cornwall (and every community) to be controlled from the bottom up, to develop and maintain it’s own unique sense of community, language, culture. I abhor the nation state and believe we should be working at the bioregional level.

    For me, autonomy means diversity, so I support all indigenous communities (including the Celts) in their attempts to re-invigorate their own culture, language etc, but not at the cost of an ongoing critique of patriarchy, hierarchy or racism.

    The above author commented that “their focus is on environmental and social issues rather than political autonomy or cultural rights”. We are a small (and new) group that have decided to focus on community empowerment and environmental issues as we believe these to be fulcrum points at which a small group can achieve the greatest amount in the broader aims social transformation.

    As for our “connection with the Transition movement,” this is one of personal respect and support. I personally admire and respect many in this movement and hope to work with them on many projects in the future. However, I do not support their increasing relationships with Cornwall Council (and Parish etc). I do not support their stance on Direct Action and so beg to differ.

    A well written critique of the Transition movement can be viewed here: http://www.stuffit.org/trapese/. My own views sit quite well with this critique so I don’t see any point in re-writing it.

    “…non-violent direct action…”

    I would suggest that we are certainly not an exclusively non-violent direct action group. We believe that pacifism is of benefit only to the state and support all measures towards community-based liberation.

    I look forward to working with you where we can and arguing (constructively) with you when we can’t.

  2. azoth says:

    Interesting article. Are you guys familiar with the Pellar and the Pellar Craft?
    I:f not, check out http://www.cronnekdhu.co.uk/

  3. Interesting response and good luck if you decide to contact the Breton groups.

    Perhaps many in the Cornish movement will share many of your aims. The Cornish Democrat blog has a good list of links to various Cornish groups and campaigns.

    The C24 forum is also a good place to put your ideas before an autonomist/nationalist audience.

    http://thecornishdemocrat.blogspot.com/

    http://www.cornwall24.co.uk/

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