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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 11980 March
Nationalism: Moving Forward into the 1980'sJ Pearce
TRADE UNIONS: OUR TASKN Wakeling

Issue 21980 July
WHY WORLD CAPITALISTS CRAWL TO CHINESE COMMUNISTSS Brady
Sinking the rural roots of NationalismN Wakeling

Issue 31980 Oct
CONSETT STEEL CLOSURE 'ECONOMIC NONSENSE'Author unknown
INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW BRONSInterviewer unknown

Issue 41981 Jan-March
A DEFINITION OF CAPITALISMJ Pearce
U.N. THREATENS THE FINAL FRONTIERS Brady

Issue 51981 April-June
BRITAIN'S HOMELESS: VICTIMS OF CAPITALISMN Wakeling
THE AFTERMATH OF BRIXTONN Griffin

Issue 61981 July-Sept
Industrial Ownership and Racial NationalismJ Pearce
THE BLACK RIOTS: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE ESTABLISHMENTJ Pearce, N Griffin and N Wakeling
THE MIGHTY ATOM: FRIEND OR FOE?S Brady

Issue 71981 Oct-Dec
PROPAGANDA versus PRIDEP Deacon
"WE ARE NOT MARXISTS - WE ARE NOT CAPITALISTS"A Brons

Issue 81982 February
ONE WORLD – NO THANKSP Deacon
OPPOSE NUCLEAR POWER!N Wakeling

Issue 91982 April
National Front Trade UnionismD Riley
THE THREAT OF THE MULTINATIONALSS Brady

Issue 101982 June
How Capitalism Destroys Your 'Pint'S Brady
THE INVASION OF AUSTRALIAD Greason

Issue 111982 August
ONE DAY IN HACKNEYP Comben
TOWARDS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL FREEDOMN Griffin

Issue 121982 October
Does the Militant Tendency know too much?S Brady
A. K. CHESTERTON: RADICAL NATIONALISTD Holland

Issue 131982 December
BOOK REVIEW: THE IDENTITY OF ULSTERT Acton
PETER HAIN'S 'FIVER'M Webster

Issue 141983 Jan/Feb
OXBRIDGE: “Why I Hate You”M Walker
STOCK EXCHANGE-LEGAL SWINDLES Brady

Issue 151983 March/April
INDUSTRIAL FRONT: MINERS' DEFEAT IS BRITAIN'S DEFEATAuthor unknown
Protect British Industry From Imports! - ANSWERING THE MARXIST CASE AGAINST IMPORT CONTROLSJ Pearce

Issue 161983 May/June
ANSWERING THE CAPITALIST CASE AGAINST IMPORT CONTROLS
SOUTH AFRICA: Bring back real Apartheid!M Hastings

Issue 171983 July/Aug
CONFRONTATION POLITICS IN FRANCEN Griffin
THE GENERAL ELECTION - SMALL BUSINESSES: A POLICY FOR REVIVAL

Issue 181983 Sept/Oct
AN ULSTER LOYALIST SPEAKS OUT
RACE: What the scientists sayS Brady

Issue 191983 Nov/Dec
RACE: What the scientists sayS Brady
THE URBAN ANIMAL

Issue 201984 Jan/Feb
Editorial ON THE GREEN FRONT
RACE: What the scientists sayS Brady

Issue 211984 March/April
RACE: What the scientists sayS Brady
TroubleshootingJ Pearce
YESTERDAY'S HEROESA Wiltshire

Issue 221984 May/June
A Revolution Betrayed Part 1D Holland
RACE: What the scientists sayS Brady

Issue 231984 July
A Revolution Betrayed Part 2D Holland
TOWARDS A RE-UNITED GERMANYJ Pearce

Issue 241984 September
Mondragon: where workers own and owners workJ Pearce
Why Reds Scab on the MinersS Brady

Issue 251984 November
Dennis Kearney and the struggle for a White AmericaJ Pearce

Issue 261985 Jan/Feb
THE CASE FOR AN ETHNIC CULTUREA Dale
THE ROOTS OF BRITISH NATIONALISMA Brons

Issue 271985 March
Is the Red Flag coming down?D Stevens
THE 1974 ULSTER WORKERS STRIKED Kerr

Issue 281985 April
THE HIGH COST OF 'PROGRESS' - A LOOK AT THE ECONOMIC THEORIES OF E. J. MISHAN
THE REBECCA RISINGP Matthews

Issue 291985 May
EUROPE - Learning From The TragedyD Stevens
NOTTING HILL UPRISING 1958J Pearce

Issue 301985 June
AMERICAN AUTHOR GERALD SMITH ADMITS ... Cruise Missiles Threaten YOU
DEFENDER OF THE INNOCENT NATIONALISM TODAY interviews militant anti-vivisectionist, Hans Ruesch

Issue 311985 July
THE BUYING OF MR CHURCHILLG Rossi
White Revolt on the Rand

Issue 321985 August
CANADA DRY - A SOAP OPERAD Stevens
THE SPIRITUAL STRUGGLEJ Pearce

Issue 331985 September
ADVERTISING ― The Subtle PoisonN Mills
The Hollow VictoryD Stevens

Issue 341985 October
The Identity Of FreedomP Comben
Why Band Aid will kill blacksJ T Bannerman

Issue 351985 Nov/Dec
THE RIOTS: An Open Letter to Blacks in Britain
WE WILL REMEMBER THEME Butler

Issue 361986 February
The 'Big Apple' Crumbles
'The Political Soldier'

Issue 371986 March
1066 – The year Saxon England diedP Comben
DRUGS & DEGREDATION: MEMORIES OF PENTONVILLEM Wingfield

Issue 381986 April
A LESSON IN SOLIDARITYC Wakely
Britain needs nuclear powerS Brady