Tradition and Revolution

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Tradition and Revolution
Cover of the second edition
Author(s) Troy Southgate
Cover artist Andreas Nilsson
Country London
Language English
Genre(s) Politics
Publisher Arktos
Publication year 2010
Pages 350
ISBN 9781907166044

Tradition and Revolution: Collected writings of Troy Southgate is a collection of essays by Troy Southgate. The first edition was published in 2008 by Integral Tradition Publishing, and the second one in 2010 by Arktos. It contains an extensive selection of Southgate's writing on a variety of historical, political and ideological topics including National Anarchism. The longest essay in the book is a lengthy review of Julius Evola's Men Among the Ruins, originally published in the online edition of English Pravda.

Book Cover Text

"For twenty-five years, Troy Southgate has been a leading figure in radical politics, and he is currently one of the leading exponents of the English New Right. This anthology is a selection of his best essays, interviews, stories and poems. Through an analysis of both historical and contemporary events, he calls for an abandonment of the traditional Left/Right dichotomy and the creation of autonomous communities outside the prevailing order which can uphold and preserve traditional values. Also offered are Troy's practical suggestions for how this might be put into practice, as well as his in-depth analysis of Julius Evola's Men Among the Ruins, which originally appeared in the Russian Pravda Online. This book has much to offer everyone of a revolutionary disposition."[1]

Opinions on the Book

Cover of the first edition
Traditional living

"Opposed to materialism and progressivism are spiritual, organic, and historical/traditional conceptions of society, including nationalism in its narrow ethnic and broader racial forms. Third Positionism makes for some strange bedfellows: Catholic Distributists like Hilaire Belloc and G. K. Chesterton; National Socialists and fascists; Nick Griffin of the British National Party (at least at one stage of his career); and even Libya’s Colonel Quathafi (whose Green Book was distributed in National Front circles).

Eventually Southgate came to “transcend” the Third Position (the “beyond” left and right of his title) and embrace National Anarchism. Just as the Third Position defines itself in opposition to what unites capitalism and communism, National Anarchism defines itself in terms of what unites all three: an orientation toward capturing state power.

National Anarchism, by contrast, seeks to realize freedom now through the creation of organic, tribal, non-state forms of community. And, in a very libertarian turn of thought, National Anarchists affirm the right of all others to do the same, so long as they reciprocate that respect."[2]
- Review of the 1st Edition by D. E. Hobson on The Occidental Quarterly

"People like Southgate have been described by some fanatical leftists as ‘fascists’, but even a cursory glance at their ideas will show this to be untrue. Southgate regards the fascist regimes in general as having been ‘reactionary charlatans’ who used nationalism as a cloak to disguise their sympathy for international capital. He does see value in certain ‘fascist’ groups, like the Romanian Iron Guard (who he believes were genuine nationalists, not reactionaries). The Iron Guard’s ‘nest’ system of organisation and its lack of authoritarian hierarchy (leadership had to be earned, leaders benevolent and cheerful, not gloomy, and willing to sacrifice themselves along with their men) all give it common ground with National-Anarchism."[3]
- Review of the 1st Edition by Andreas Faust on Majority Rights


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