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Nationalism Today

NATIONALISM TODAY was produced in support of the National Front from 1980 until it fizzled out, around 1986/87. Its birth and eventual demise were a consequence of the fractured and factional nature of British nationalist politics at that period: it was founded, in part, to fill the void left when Spearhead magazine ceased to support the NF following the 1979 splits in the party (Spearhead's editor having founded a breakaway party), and ended following the NF's terminal, internecine infighting in 1986, when it disastrously fell under the control of a small number of self-proclaimed admirers of Colonel Gadaffi.

However, for most of its existence Nationalism Today (NT) was a thought-provoking, innovative publication noted for two unusual and very distinct characteristics.

First: the extreme youth of its writers and editorial team. The three joint editors of its earliest editions had an average age of around nineteen. As time went by it attracted a wider range of contributors, including many venerable 'greybeards' in their twenties. However, the magazine never lost its air of youthful rebelliousness. This proved to be a vice as much as virtue – many published articles took challenging new positions on subjects that had been shamefully ignored by Nationalists in the past, yet other articles sometimes indicated a shallow, naïveté on the part of the authors.

Secondly: NT made a serious attempt to change the whole landscape of British Nationalist politics. It realised that if British Nationalism were to be taken seriously it was not enough to call for the repatriation of immigrants, if all that meant was that Britons could then look forward to being stuck in an all-white dole queue.

NT argued that traditional Nationalist policies, on immigration, the 'Common Market' (as the European Union was then popularly known) and anti-communism were not enough: British Nationalists had to develop 'radical' policies on socio-economic issues. Industrial ownership was a favourite topic for debate: NT regularly called for industry to be organised along the lines of employee co-operatives, and was generally in favour of the principle of Distributism, holding that the widespread distribution of ownership of private property and private enterprise was a public good.

Controversially, at the time, NT argued the Nationalism was, and had to be, as much anti-capitalist as it was anti-communist – both threatened the identity and freedom of peoples around the world. Today the deleterious consequences of globalism and global capitalism are all too apparent and widely accepted by British Nationalists – forty years ago this was not always the case.

Note on publication dates: Issues of Nationalism Today were only dated from issue 23, July 1984 onwards. It is possible that the previous issues were deliberately left undated to disguise the irregularity of publication of the magazine, in its early years. The dates shown here are believed to be broadly accurate.


Issue 1 1980 March
Nationalism: Moving Forward into the 1980's J Pearce
TRADE UNIONS: OUR TASK N Wakeling


Issue 2 1980 July
WHY WORLD CAPITALISTS CRAWL TO CHINESE COMMUNISTS S Brady
Sinking the rural roots of Nationalism N Wakeling


Issue 3 1980 Oct
CONSETT STEEL CLOSURE 'ECONOMIC NONSENSE' Author unknown
INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW BRONS Interviewer unknown


Issue 4 1981 Jan-March
A DEFINITION OF CAPITALISM J Pearce
U.N. THREATENS THE FINAL FRONTIER S Brady


Issue 5 1981 April-June
BRITAIN'S HOMELESS: VICTIMS OF CAPITALISM N Wakeling
THE AFTERMATH OF BRIXTON N Griffin


Issue 6 1981 July-Sept
Industrial Ownership and Racial Nationalism J Pearce
THE BLACK RIOTS: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE ESTABLISHMENT J Pearce, N Griffin and N Wakeling
THE MIGHTY ATOM: FRIEND OR FOE? S Brady


Issue 7 1981 Oct-Dec
PROPAGANDA versus PRIDE P Deacon
"WE ARE NOT MARXISTS - WE ARE NOT CAPITALISTS" A Brons


Issue 8 1982 February
ONE WORLD – NO THANKS P Deacon
OPPOSE NUCLEAR POWER! N Wakeling


Issue 9 1982 April
National Front Trade Unionism D Riley
THE THREAT OF THE MULTINATIONALS S Brady


Issue 10 1982 June
How Capitalism Destroys Your 'Pint' S Brady
THE INVASION OF AUSTRALIA D Greason


Issue 11 1982 August
ONE DAY IN HACKNEY P Comben
TOWARDS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL FREEDOM N Griffin


Issue 12 1982 October
Does the Militant Tendency know too much? S Brady
A. K. CHESTERTON: RADICAL NATIONALIST D Holland


Issue 13 1982 December
BOOK REVIEW: THE IDENTITY OF ULSTER T Acton
PETER HAIN'S 'FIVER' M Webster


Issue 14 1983 Jan/Feb
OXBRIDGE: “Why I Hate You” M Walker
STOCK EXCHANGE-LEGAL SWINDLE S Brady


Issue 15 1983 March/April
INDUSTRIAL FRONT: MINERS' DEFEAT IS BRITAIN'S DEFEAT Author unknown
Protect British Industry From Imports! - ANSWERING THE MARXIST CASE AGAINST IMPORT CONTROLS J Pearce


Issue 16 1983 May/June
ANSWERING THE CAPITALIST CASE AGAINST IMPORT CONTROLS
SOUTH AFRICA: Bring back real Apartheid! M Hastings


Issue 17 1983 July/Aug
CONFRONTATION POLITICS IN FRANCE N Griffin
THE GENERAL ELECTION - SMALL BUSINESSES: A POLICY FOR REVIVAL


Issue 18 1983 Sept/Oct
AN ULSTER LOYALIST SPEAKS OUT
RACE: What the scientists say S Brady


Issue 19 1983 Nov/Dec
RACE: What the scientists say S Brady
THE URBAN ANIMAL


Issue 20 1984 Jan/Feb
Editorial ON THE GREEN FRONT
RACE: What the scientists say S Brady


Issue 21 1984 March/April
RACE: What the scientists say S Brady
Troubleshooting J Pearce
YESTERDAY'S HEROES A Wiltshire


Issue 22 1984 May/June
A Revolution Betrayed Part 1 D Holland
RACE: What the scientists say S Brady


Issue 23 1984 July
A Revolution Betrayed Part 2 D Holland
TOWARDS A RE-UNITED GERMANY J Pearce


Issue 24 1984 September
Mondragon: where workers own and owners work J Pearce
Why Reds Scab on the Miners S Brady


Issue 25 1984 November
Dennis Kearney and the struggle for a White America J Pearce


Issue 26 1985 Jan/Feb
THE CASE FOR AN ETHNIC CULTURE A Dale
THE ROOTS OF BRITISH NATIONALISM A Brons


Issue 27 1985 March
Is the Red Flag coming down? D Stevens
THE 1974 ULSTER WORKERS STRIKE D Kerr


Issue 28 1985 April
THE HIGH COST OF 'PROGRESS' - A LOOK AT THE ECONOMIC THEORIES OF E. J. MISHAN
THE REBECCA RISING P Matthews


Issue 29 1985 May
EUROPE - Learning From The Tragedy D Stevens
NOTTING HILL UPRISING 1958 J Pearce


Issue 30 1985 June
AMERICAN AUTHOR GERALD SMITH ADMITS ... Cruise Missiles Threaten YOU
DEFENDER OF THE INNOCENT NATIONALISM TODAY interviews militant anti-vivisectionist, Hans Ruesch


Issue 31 1985 July
THE BUYING OF MR CHURCHILL G Rossi
White Revolt on the Rand


Issue 32 1985 August
CANADA DRY - A SOAP OPERA D Stevens
THE SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE J Pearce


Issue 33 1985 September
ADVERTISING ― The Subtle Poison N Mills
The Hollow Victory D Stevens


Issue 34 1985 October
The Identity Of Freedom P Comben
Why Band Aid will kill blacks J T Bannerman


Issue 35 1985 Nov/Dec
THE RIOTS: An Open Letter to Blacks in Britain
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM E Butler


Issue 36 1986 February
The 'Big Apple' Crumbles
'The Political Soldier'


Issue 37 1986 March
1066 – The year Saxon England died P Comben
DRUGS & DEGREDATION: MEMORIES OF PENTONVILLE M Wingfield


Issue 38 1986 April
A LESSON IN SOLIDARITY C Wakely
Britain needs nuclear power S Brady