From editors: We are proud to present our interview with James Porazzo, second and final leader of American Front, recently renamed to New Resistance, American organization of national revolutionaries.
Xportal: The American Front who’s last leader you were, was active since 1987. Recently your group changed it’s name to New Resistance. Could you roughly explain AF’s history and the reasons behind the change in name to our readers?
James Porazzo: American Front was quite unique right from it’s founding. There was always a willingness to take what we could from left-wing sources, we had a element that was very influential from what would later be called “occult fascists”, this on top of the foundation of our having been America’s first national “Skinhead” organization.
I became a supporter in 1989 and by 1992 was our Eastern States Director, which was then AF’s number 2 position. Around this time we dropped any organizational references to the “skinhead” subculture. Even at this early age we saw it for what it was – a dead end path.
Not long after that we began to become exposed to what I’d describe as “true” Third Position ideology from Europe, from our brothers in Canada and very importantly from Gaddafi‘s Green Book.
This created quite a awakening among us, which culminated in our first Chairman along with a few others being expelled for not being able to break with their old reactionary hang ups.
In 1995 I took over as AF’s Chairman and we became America’s first National Revolutionary group.
We had many adventures on this path fighting both the antifa and the reactionaries (some of whom even adopted our name and symbol to sow confusion), and joining a international federation – the European Liberation Front / LCRN – which further radicalized us as we were exposed to the best organizations and their leaders of that time (people like Alexander Dugin, Christian Bouchet, Troy Southgate).
One of the areas we studied heavily was the Islamic resistance movements towards the Globalists.
This study would backfire on AF when Sept 11th occurred for a number of reasons… this inspired some heavy state harassment and severely limited our ability to safely expand or organize.
By 2002 we voted to put AF into a “tactical hibernation” until we felt the situation was better suited for us to act openly.
After seeing what we believe to have been System elements make a concerted drive to relaunch AF in 2009 a number of us entered their bandit grouping, disrupted it as best we could and reestablished AF as a National Revolutionary movement.
After internal debate and discussions with those outside AF who’s opinions we hold dear, we decided it made much more sense to “clear the slate” and continue our revolutionary efforts under a new banner, image not contaminated by the reactionary virus, and New Resistance was born. All of AF voted to retire the name without dissent. Anyone claiming to be AF today is a renegade with no connection to us or our lineage.
X: Among the AF’s ideologists you’ve always been known as a strong supporter of the Third Position idea, which is an unusual thing in the United States. According to you, what characterises the Third Position and what do you think of the validity of Third Position ideas today? Is your vision of the Third Position similar to the one presented by European Third Way supporters, or are there any essential differences?
JP: To me the Third Position was a willingness to take what works from the Right or the Left and use it. To transcend political boundaries or prejudices. In practice, this meant taking from the Left in the political / economic realm and being more influenced from the Right in morals and ethics.
In Europe there were groups who took a similar approach to ours and to this day we work with comrades who came from these circles. Unfortunetly, Europe also had those who took a very different spin on the Third Position – becoming something of a fascist religious cult with no left influence at all. I can’t really say if these groups still exist beyond what I see on the internet. It’s not something that particularily holds my interest or concern.
In America the term third position has been poisoned to a even greater degree than Europe by both reactionaries and reformists. On one hand neo-Nazis rebranding as “third position” while keeping all their worst ideas and on the other soft rightists who run for offices they’ll never win under the banner of „third position”. It’s a sick joke almost.
The true “idea” of the Third Position as left-right synthesis that we fought so hard for is valid, though dated, and was the starting point of what we are doing today.
The Fourth Position (the fourth political theory), or more broadly speaking left-nationalism, is what we firmly believe to be the present and the future of the revolutionary struggle against globalism, capitalism and liberalism.
X: After 9/11 American (or generally speaking Western) foreign policy became very aggressive. It’s latest direct effect was the fall of Libyan Jamahiriya and the death of col. Gaddafi. Today we stand on the brink of war between Syria and Iran. What is the real goal of terror started by the US and Israel and can it be stopped?
JP: The control of the Oil resources of the region and the security of the bandit Israeli State appear to be their primary goals. It’s going to take true international solidarity to stop this evil offensive. Russia could slow the Globalist drive in the middle east certainly.
X: The internal situation in the US, which is the heart of contemporary globalism also seems more and more unstable. What is your opinion on political movements such as the „Tea Party” or the „Occupy movement”? Can they really bring a „change”? Or will the System use them to strengthen itself?
JP: The Tea Party has not shown itself to be more that conservatives crying over spilt milk. The “Occupy” movement, with it’s harsh critique of capitalism offers much more potential. On it’s own it’s not likely to bring real change but it is, we hope, a sign of things to come. Even if (or when) the System co-opts Occupy the economic situation that inspired it only worsens. This is good news for our movement certainly.
X: What strategy of action you consider to be the most effective at present times? Attempts of creating mass movements, activities of small cells with a significant level of autonomy, leaderless resistance, or maybe something else?
JP: I think our national situations dictate our proper strategy. What is effective and appropriate here in North America is different than in Russia or Poland or Brazil for example. Our ideas and goals, though very similar, need to be approached in very different ways.
For now in North America we do our best to build a vanguard group of highly trained and politically educated militants. Numbers are much less important than the ability to work hard and sacrifice to help New Resistance grow in this very early stage of our development.
We’ve already exerted a influence beyond our numbers and we hope to see this continue to grow as our body grows. Never losing sight of the importance of quality over quantity. Or that here in North America we can never be a movement without teeth, that can’t defend itself if need be against it’s enemies, if we hope to thrive.
X: What is your opinion on the process of „digitization” of radical political movements? On one hand the Internet gives the possibility to introduce our ideas to larger audience (for example by making this interview possible), yet on the other hand it threatens with moving all the activism to the virtual world and dissociating the personality to dozens of „avatars”. Is the political soldier of the XXI century someone more than a blogger?
JP: I’m glad you asked this question as this is a very serious problem comrade .
The internet as a means to spread our word is a powerful tool but the political soldier must exist in the real world where the true Revolution is waged – or we are nothing.
Within NR we stress the requirement of stepping away from the computer screen. Ideally every hour of “net activism” should be met with that, or more, of our work “on the ground”.
This is one of the reasons we’ve set in place some requirements for our cadres that are 100% physical – like staying in good shape and practicing a self-defense method as two examples.
One of our short term goals is also the publishing of a newspaper to ensure our message is carried beyond cyberspace… that if draconian laws are enforced on the internet that our movement doesn’t lose it’s voice.
X: Do you think that the classic distinction to political „Right” and „Left” is still relevant? Should we seek contact with groups ostensibly similar on the grounds of ideas e.g. national capitalists or xenophobic liberals, or does the idea of „the alliance of extremities” between seemingly opposite groups create better perspectives?
JP: Opposition to capitalism is where we look for common ground. This is the world-view of our enemy, his Globalist death machine’s inspiration for world dominance.
“Left” and “Right” hold some relevance in examining a group’s stance towards our Globalist enemy. Our own experience has shown the “Left” to be more committed in it’s opposition to the capitalist agenda and our outreach in this area has proven more generally fruitful in building bonds of understanding and cooperation.
X: With what groups in the US and abroad you are in contact? What circles do you view as potential or actual allies? With whom you would be ready to cooperate?
JP: We are part of the Global Revolutionary Alliance. Comrade Alexander Dugin is a huge inspiration to us and the Eurasian Movement are our brothers and sisters.
3eme Voie in France are also great comrades who we are proud to show solidarity with.
We feel a kinship to the Libyan Jamahiriya who fight on despite all odds, to the Bolivarian revolutionaries and 21st century socialism and to many of the world’s national liberation struggles, of course.
There’s many others. You can find links on our sites, but this is a good start.
We are ready to cooperate on common issues with any anti-capitalists who reject reactionary poli-tricks.
X: What would you like to say to Xportal’s Polish readers?
JP: Xportal is a inspiring development! New Resistance sends our warmest regards and we sincerely hope that we can work closely together in the years to come.