Roots of Radicalism


VANGUARD was essentially the successor magazine to Nationalism Today, being privately produced in support of the National Front (NF) from 1986 to the early 1990s.

It suffered from a number of disadvantages: the internal disruptions and factional infighting for which the NF was notorious had greatly reduced the effectiveness of that party. Although Vanguard successfully supported the winning faction in the NF 'civil war' in 1986, the victory was a Pyrrhic one: the 'winning' remnant of the party was too small to support - in terms of sales - the publications that had supported it, and the controversial nature of the NF meant that publications associated with it found it hard to gain a readership outside party circles.

This was particularly unfortunate since the standard of Vanguard's contents was generally high, and it was often quite prophetic in its forecasts. To take one example: the article 'What comes after the East-West conflict?' questioned what the political consequences would be for white societies if, no longer divided into two, warring, Soviet Communist / American Capitalist blocs, they were faced with the rising threat of militant Islam. This was published almost thirty years ago, before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Overall the magazine attempted to continue the 'radical nationalist' traditions of Nationalism Today, but in a slightly maturer style. It covered a diverse range of cultural, ethnological, philosophical and ecological topics, as well as the obvious socio-economic and political ones. Initially a 16-page monthly, it evolved into a 32-page quarterly by 1990. The April-June 1990 edition was the first ever Nationalist publication in Britain to have a full-colour cover.

Issue 1Aug 1986
In Memoriam - G. K. ChestertonJ Pearce
WAGNER'S RING - A Modern TragedyA Brons
WAPPING - A Nationalist PerspectiveT Acton

Issue 2Sept 1986
Blood of the British Part 1S Brady
Blood and Soil (Book review)S Brady
Vaughan Williams – an appreciationP Comben

Issue 3Oct 1986
Blood of the British Part 2S Brady
Tolkien revisitedE Butler

Issue 4Nov 1986
An Orcadian inheritanceJ Pearce
Radicals v RevolutionariesS Brady
Exposing 'Searchlight' magazineA Drummond

Issue 5Jan 1987
Henry Williamson (Book review)T Acton
In defence of our nationR Bower

Issue 6Feb 1987
The lessons of the first 20 yearsA Brons
Radical populismJ Pearce

Issue 7April 1987
Patterns of prejudice Part 1S Brady
Blood and SaltB Taylor
A Methodist in their madnessJ Pearce

Issue 8May 1987
Patterns of prejudice Part 2S Brady
British agricultureJ Pearce

Issue 9June 1987
Nazi racialism? No thanks!T Acton
Knut Hamsun – an appreciationJ Pearce
The Case for Racial DiscriminationSteve Brady

Issue 10July 1987
The origins of distributismG Fleetwood
Memories of the FalklandsP Taylor
Hilaire Belloc – Radical RomanticJ Pearce

Issue 11Aug 1987
Towards a new folk musicB Nash
Big business – S Africa's biggest enemyJ Pearce
Lies, damn lies and politiciansJ Hall

Issue 12Sept 1987
Portrait of a parasite – Jeremy CorbynJ Hall
Goodhart opens the immigration debateM Stone

Issue 13Oct 1987
Power to the people!S Brady
Struggle for JusticeT Denny

Issue 14Nov 1987
Islam – the third enemyS Brady
Industrial history: the Nine Hours LeagueJ Harwood

Issue 15Jan 1988
Race: fact or emotionDr H Campbell
The Jewish QuestionS Brady & T Acton

Issue 16Feb 1988
'National Music' by R Vaughan WilliamsP Comben
Nietzsche – a true perspectiveDr H Campbell
Knocking on the DoorC Wakely
Out of Africa (Part 1)J Hall

Issue 17April 1988
Debate: The Corporate StateM Crahart
Nietzsche and NationalismJ Pearce
Out of Africa (Part 2)J Hall
Flying saucers and the Final CallS Brady

Issue 18May 1988
Debate: the Distributist caseT Acton
Freudianism slips (Book review)T Acton
A Very Peculiar Practice (Book review)J Pearce

Issue 19June 1988
The rising tide of colourS Brady
Portrait of a liar – Robert MaxwellJ Pearce

Issue 20July 1988
The anti-racist caseT Acton
Churchill – British bulldog or pet poodle?J Pearce
The right to choose lifeJ Hall

Issue 21Aug 1988
Brainwashing on the boxS Brady
A rape in Wolfe's clothingJ Pearce
Vivisection: barbarism in the name of humanityJ Hall

Issue 22Sept 1988
Searchlies (Marxist magazine exposed)Various
Green politics & liberal fantasiesJ Pearce

Issue 23Oct 1988
Black marks for Karl MarxJ Hall
Red genocide in RumaniaAnon
JRR Tolkien: an inspiration to nationalistsS Brady

Issue 24Mar/Apr 1989
Britain: a nation of immigrants?S Brady
A new look at G K ChestertonJ Pearce

Issue 25May/Jun 1989
The lessons of RochdaleT Acton
What comes after the 'East-West 'conflict?S Brady
The coming of the Anglo-Saxons to EnglandS Brady

Issue 26Jul/Aug 1989
The earliest origins of the BritishS Brady
Right for the wrong reasonsT Acton

Issue 27Sep/Oct 1989
Obituary: Prof William ShockleyS Brady
Golden visionsJ Hall
The power of ideasT Acton

Issue 28Nov/Dec 1989
Women in the front line (Interview)C Taylor / T Wingfield
Multiracialist lies – our replyT Acton
Mondragon revisitedD Jones

Issue 29Jan/Feb 1990
We were right (after fall of Berlin wall)Anon
A unified front for EuropeT Budden
Richard Jeffries – an appreciationA Lightfoot

Issue 30Apr/Jun 1990
Russia at the crossroadsS Brady
Russia – the Nationalist visionS Brady
The blurred visions of Prince CharlesT Acton

Issue 31Jul/Sep 1990
The untapped resourceT Acton
The end of ideologyD Hill

Issue 32Oct/Dec 1990
The Islamic republic of YorkshirabadM Hebden
Engulfed? The first Gulf WarNF Policy Dept.
Analysis of LibertarianismR Harrison

Issue 33Jan/Mar 1991
The Coming Swarm (mass immigration)S Brady

Issue 34Apr/Jun 1991
How our rulers wield powerS Brady
British nationalism – a Catholic perspectiveH Francis

Issue 35Autumn 1991
Radical Nationalism – the challence of the 90sT Acton
Is Nationalism Nazism?S Brady & T Acton
Facing up to the HolocaustS Brady & T Acton
Nationalist QuizJ Hall