Tribes and Tribalism (Welcome to the Horde, Part Two)
Frith/The Soul of the Tribe
It can be difficult—at best—to separate these concepts one from the other. Like most things I discuss on this blog, all concepts have synergistic relationship with the others; take one away, and the others cease to have any legitimate meaning.
Frith is the state of being—the relationship, if you will—that exists between friends, brothers, kinsmen. At its heart, it means reciprocal inviolability. Think of the old cliché, “Yes, he is an asshole…but he’s OUR asshole!” and you START to get an idea of exactly what Frith implies. It doesn’t matter if you’re pissed off because your kinsman said something stupid. It doesn’t matter if you think the chieftain is being a fucktard this week; the good of the clan and the tribe come first (this is the biggest faux pas made when Anarcho-Capitalists start spouting their stupidity about “we don’t need government at all, we just need tribes, man…”).
Frith is the state of grace, if you will, that exists between family, kin, and clan. It is the state of mutual will, unanimity, loyalty, and peace that exists—must exist—between people living in close confines with one another. It’s also a demand of honor and survival in a tribal society.
I’ve been reading the Icelandic Sagas lately. For those unfamiliar with them, they are a blend of Viking history and legend. Throughout, the sagas are replete with killings. Some are justified by the circumstances, even in our modern worldview, some are not. Throughout all of them though, even the most heinous, there is not a single, solitary instance of a man refraining from a revenge killing because of the character—or lack thereof—of his kinsman that he is avenging. It just doesn’t happen, because the Frith of the clan, the honor of the clan, is more important than the individual’s sense of justice, or his personal relationships within the clan.
Likewise, when the kinsman does kill someone, whether in retribution or over something else—like honor—the killer knows he is committing his tribe to more killings. He returns to his own tribe with something like the following, “Hey, I killed Sigurd Sheepfucker, because he made a comment about my wife. While he would’ve done the same, had I insulted HIS wife, his kinsmen will not judge me on that, but on the fact that I killed their kinsman, so you fellas better grab your spears. We’ve got a fight coming.”
It doesn’t matter that everyone else in the Sheepfucker tribe knows that Sigurd was a loudmouth asshole that liked to start shit when he’d been drinking mead, the demands of Firth mean they’re going to ignore that and come for vengeance. It doesn’t matter if the killer’s tribesmen know that Sigurd probably said nothing insulting at all, the killer just likes to fight, they’re going to gird themselves for war and probably even go hunting themselves.
Personal sympathies and antipathies do not stand in the way of the demands of Frith; all obligations, all self-interests, everything is intertwined in the kinship of the tribe, because the survival of the tribe demands it, and the survival of the individual and/or the individual’s family demands the survival of the tribe. When you swear an oath—spoken or simply in deed—of loyalty to a group or tribe or whatever term you use, you are intertwining yourself into the Frith of that group. Today of course, we think, “Bullshit, we’re past all of that. If I want to leave, I can leave. If my kinsman is an asshole, I can just tell the other tribe, I agree, and let it go.” My response is, in TODAY’S society, you’re right…You can call the cops on your own family if you want to. But…show me a single tribal society that exists today—or has existed throughout humanity’s history—that didn’t subscribe to Frith in some form, with some label of recognition….Don’t expect me to hold my breath waiting though.
Honor is a concept that is given a lot of lip service in our post-modern culture, all too often either derided as an obsolete relic of an immoral patriarchal society, or misapplied to things that really don’t fucking matter. Consequential to this misunderstanding of honor, all too often, people do not know—or understand—the criticality of honor in tribalism. We look at modern tribal societies, like the Pashtuns—or outlaw gangs–and revenge killings, and consider them nothing but “stupid barbarians,” because the concept is foreign to our understanding of justice, protected and coddled as we are by a top-down culture.
The reality however, is that in a tribal environment, where there is no central governing authority to mediate disputes and provide (ideally) equal protections under the law, honor is survival. This is what leads to the endemic warfare so universal in tribal societies. Not retaliating to any insult, real or perceived—in an appropriately commensurate fashion—is not just about honor. Not doing something is seen as not being ABLE to do something.
That of course, means you are weak. Weakness means you are susceptible. Why SHOULDN’T my tribe or clan come kill you, rape your women, and steal all of your shit, in order to improve our chances of success and survival in the long term? You’re so much of a pussy that you can’t even respond to a minor insult, so it’s not like you’re going to do shit about it, right? (You can actually see this in our modern world even…Look at out-of-control LEO who break the very laws they are sworn to protect? Why do they do it with impunity? Because what the fuck are YOU going to do about? Talk shit on Facebook?) The Christian idea of “turn the other cheek,” while considered noble and self-effacing in our culture, is a certain ticket to destruction of all you hold dear in a tribal culture.
Honor and Frith of course, are intertwined. If your tribesman does something to insult another tribe, you’d better expect that other tribe to come hunting vengeance, just like you would go hunting if the roles were reversed. It doesn’t matter that you KNOW your kinsman is an asshole who probably started the shit in the first place. The other tribe’s not going to care, and they’ll (speaking historically and anthropologically) take their vengeance on anyone they can get their hands on, not necessarily just the offender. You’re tied to him by loyalty, so if your tribesman is an asshole, you’d better be ready to answer for his sins.
At the same time, if your asshole kinsman is killed for being an asshole, it doesn’t matter that you know he was an asshole and had it coming, the survival of your tribe and your family depends on your willingness and ability to extract vengeance, because if you do the Christian thing and “turn the other cheek,” the other tribe—or even some other tribe—will take that as weakness, and continue fucking your shit up. Tribalism ain’t pretty or sweet. It’s sure as shit not some pastoral pacifist commune.
At the same time though, lest someone accuse me of only seeing the negatives, it is critical to point out that there is more to Frith and Honor than just slaying and slaughter. Whether we’re discussing Migration Period Teutonic tribesmen, Viking Age Icelanders, or Pashtuns with Pashtunwalli, a clan’s Honor, and consequently their Frith (or other appropriate descriptive term) More is demanded of a decent man in any tribe than just skill-at-arms. Rapport-building as well, is critical to the survival of the tribe. Generosity, hospitality, helpfulness, and goodwill towards other members of the tribe, and even strangers who are not enemies—or known enemies—is just as important. A tribe’s morality is not necessarily what you or what I define as moral, anymore than what I define as moral is necessarily the same as what you define as moral, or vice versa. Of course, there are broad generalities that can be made: murder is bad, rape is bad, theft is bad. Yet, how we define those things are not necessarily the same, and defining someone of another tribe as evil because they do one or the other is ignorant, at best.
Murder is bad. Yet, if I murder someone in order to avenge the killing of my kinsman, it may not be quite so immoral and bad, in a tribal sense at least, because it is protecting the tribe. Rape…well….rape is bad, regardless…or at least in my personal worldview, and I genuinely can’t see a way to explain it as a moral option. Theft though….what if I’m stealing materials from an enemy? What if I’m stealing to feed my family? Meh…..
The point is not to explain immorality as morality. The point is to help illuminate the fact that the definition of moral in any tribe, family, or group, is defined by that group’s worldview, not by YOUR definition of morality. Just because YOU are too moral, Christian, and godly to believe in revenge killings, or the importance of Frith in a tribale society doesn’t mean shit, because the other tribes will believe in it, whether they label it or not. You ignoring it is a good way to end up dead in the yard, with your wife raped and murdered, your kids sold into slavery, and all because you didn’t believe a tribe was important, because you were going to survive on your own, you independent stalwart, you. If you’re smart enough to recognize the critical nature of tribe and group survival, you need to consider the types of issues raised by tribal societies, so you can factor them in as you build your tribe (you didn’t really think I was going to write an article with NO instructional value, did you?).
Having people with critical skills is important, no one will argue that. Having people who can and will fight to defend the tribe is equally important; no one will deny that. Having someone who will die for the tribe is just as important though. Just as important though, is making sure the people you select and integrate into your tribe are not assholes who will start fights, or let themselves be drawn into fights unnecessarily.
A lot of people in the preparedness/survival community talk about the need for shared religion, race, and morals within a group.
I’m not religious, as any reader of long-standing will be well aware. I respect people’s religious beliefs and customs, I simply don’t share their faith. If your beliefs are such that you cannot abide anyone not sharing those beliefs, then absolutely, it is critical that everyone in your tribe share your beliefs. A devout Christian who feels it necessary to proselytize to anyone who doesn’t share their face is not going to develop any Frith with someone who is annoyed as shit by “Christers” or “Bible Thumpers” (For the record, while I am not Christian, and am not looking to be saved, I don’t begrudge proselytizing. I recognize that it is a critical tenet of the faith. So, don’t get your knickers in a twist that I’m badmouthing Christians of any stripe.). The same thing would apply to pretty much anyone not a Muslim in an Islamist tribe…”Convert, die, or subject yourself to being my slave,” doesn’t do much to build Frith within the community.
At the same time though, I count amongst my dearest friends and “brothers,” very devout Christians who do not feel it incumbent on themselves to convert me anymore. While they willing admit they would like to see me saved, they’ve come to the realization that if God wills it, He will guide me. So, they pray for my salvation, and tell me as much, without actively trying to proselytize, beyond living their lives in a manner that shows an example of godliness.
So, no, I don’t believe it is 100% set-in-stone, critical that everyone within a group share religious beliefs. It sure doesn’t hurt though.
Morality—on the other hand—is pretty fucking critical. You’ve got to believe—or even know—that the man you’re willing to die to protect, will do the same for you. You’ve got to know that he’s not going to go out and willfully do stupid shit that will get you dragged into an unnecessary fight for something you really don’t believe in anyway.
More importantly, you have to share—between your kinsmen—a genuine belief in Frith and Honor, regardless of how you term it. A lack of shared belief in the importance of that is a sure way to lead to dissolution of the tribe and a failure to survive.
Outside of the ongoing need to point out to the WN and neo-Nazi scumbags who invariably find their way to this blog, that I believe judging anyone solely on the basis of skin color is fucking retarded, I’ve never touched on race on this blog. That’s not my attempt to ignore a very real issue. It’s simply a matter of priorities and limited time and space.
Is race an issue? Yes. Is race going to be an issue in building tribes? Yes. Denying those things is ignorance at best, and dishonesty at worst. Why?
If you hold prejudices against members of a specific racial group, then you’re never going to trust members of that race. You cannot build Frith with someone you don’t trust. Even given time and situations arising to build trust, that’s not going to happen, because of your own preconceived notions. The same is true is reciprocal from members of races not your own.
A lot of racists like to play the Odinist card that Max mentioned in his recent article series. “Oh, we’re special! We’ve got our own ancestral Gods and everything!” Of course, using the term Frith in articles will invariably draw them in, more’s the pity. At the same time though, it’s critical for those dumbshits to recognize that it’s not that simple…tribes of every type, throughout history, have had their own pantheons, unique to their tribe only in name (how many cultures didn’t have a God of War? A God of the Harvest? A God of the Weather? Not very fucking many…and for the record: Do NOT post ANYTHING in the comments of this article talking shit about anyone else’s belief system. I believe in the Right of Conscience, and I didn’t insult anyone’s religion here, so I’m not going to let anyone else start either.). Beyond that, as tribes warred with one another, they took slaves, adopted members into the tribe, etc…It’s not about race, it’s about survival of the tribe…
Which brings us to my stance—for this article—on race as a prerequisite for tribes…It just doesn’t matter. No, I’m not going to let a member of the Black Panthers into my inner circles, nor a Latino who thinks WASPs stole Texas and California and wants to see Azatlan resurrected. At the same time though, I’m not going to let a would-be Brownshirt skinhead into my circle either.
Race is only a critical matter because stupid fucking people buy into the control technique of being made to believe it is important. I’ve worked next to men of every race whom I trusted with my life, and have not been disappointed more by members of any particular race than I have by members of my own.
To close this section, I’ll address specific comments made on the previous article in this series:
“Tribes will form around race. Like they have since the beginning of time.”
Wrong, whether a deliberate lie or ignorance. Tribes formed around family. As a tribe destroyed another tribe, there are innumerable examples within the historical record of outsiders being adopted into the tribe, with full benefits. If those outsiders were of the same “race,” it was simply a matter of proximity, not of skin color. American Indian tribes adopted whites into their tribes throughout American history, and the same was—and is—true of other tribal societies worldwide.
“ How about Inner Clan/outer Clan/Race? All the other races look at the world this way. Whites did too, up until 60 or so years ago. Part of the stripping of Culture from the White has the removal of any feeling for one White for Another, while boosting the self-esteem of the other races. Whether we are Goyium, Gringo or Cracker, we should wear it Proudly.”
I am fully cognizant of the concept of the different “gards.” You’re interpreting them incorrectly, even from a Migration Age Teutonic viewpoint though. Inner Circle is the immediate family and clan. Outer circle is the rest of the tribe. Then there is the rest of the world, not just race. You think a dude from 3rd Century Denmark trusted a guy from 3rd Century Spain, just because they were both white? Bullshit. I assume, based on your repeated comments throughout the blogosphere, that you’re misinterpreting it intentionally, but if I’m wrong, and you’ve just been dumb enough to buy that load of shit, well, then you’re too stupid to trust your own experiences, rather than what you’ve been told. If it is based on experience, you need to get out more.
“And I get why you’re extra-careful not to get sucked into the Rachel Maddow(g?) race-baiter trap.
I just hope that when rubber hits the road, you won’t be too “anti-racist” to see that the regime shock troops are more likely to be minority urban youths than not. I don’t hate those folks any more than you do, but I can’t ignore that the last five years have been one ethnic group celebrating it’s will to power over another…”
It’s not about worrying what someone else will think of me. If I was worried about that, I would either not write this blog, or I would self-censor my language better than I do. I’m anti-racist, because I think judging people solely on the color of their skin, rather than the content of their character is fucking retarded.
Which leads me to the second paragraph you posted. You’re wrong. The majority—by far—of combat arms personnel in the US military are of European descent in appearance. In fact, I actually commented on it once in the military, because my whole life growing up, I’d read the nonsense about how minorities were disproportionately represented within combat arms. I found the exact opposite to be true.
Outside of the military and law enforcement? You may be right, but as I’ve posted before, there are as many—if not more—poor white trash peckerwoods on the dole as there are members of other racial groups. Those people are going to be just as pissed when the State no longer has anything to give them as the minorities will.
In fact, the only real validity in your statement was your comment the last five years. I agree with that, and I believe they are just as ignorant, just as stupid, and just as pathetic as WN are. My disgust with racism isn’t limited to racism by whites, and I’m not stupid or ignorant enough to believe the lie that “only white people can be racist.”
(As a parenthetical note on this, since I am so good at pissing off the WN types…if you have a problem with something I write on the race issue, feel free to contact me, publicly, in the comments. I will gladly allow you into a class of your choosing, for free, in order to give you the opportunity to tell me what you think face-to-face. No guns involved, I’m not making idle internet threats that I won’t have to back-up we’ll just discuss it like men. You can demonstrate your moral and racial superiority in front of witnesses. Or just continue demonstrating your stupidity and cowardice publicly by posting stupid shit on the internet)
Tribes and clans are based on shared morals and world views. Trying to base them on convenience or the material possessions of one member of the group being enough to support the rest of the group is not tribe, and it’s not going to work under stress.
Simply claiming someone as a tribe member though, based solely on what they claim to be their beliefs is insufficient. Character has been defined as “what you do when no one is looking.” Morals can be defined the same way. Do you KNOW what the values and morals are of the people you expect to trust with the lives of your family? “Oh, they’re III like me!” doesn’t cut it in reality. How many of the cowards who lined up to register their firearms in Connecticut are walking around with a III patch on their jacket, or are reading blogs like this, talking shit about how they’ll never give up?
You have to possess a shared sense of the importance of Frith and Honor, regardless of the labels you use to define it, or your tribe is as useless as a bunch of individuals with no common goals can be.