13 September 2018 ~ 3 Kommentare

The connection between self-determination, democracy and self-sufficiency. Part 2 – What is Self Sustainablity

Geskryf deur Felix Eichberg



We must not forget that self determination does not only mean taking ones own, local political decisions and determining the school curricula of one’s own ethnic group.


Self determination depends on another crucial aspect: that aspect is self sustainability or in simpler terms, making a living off of locally available, regenerative or abundant resources as much as possible.


This material aspect of self government has a multitude of implications. The first implication is obviously, that self sustainability makes the community more independent from import and export and therefore less vulnerable to economic crises or outside pressure issued by sanctions or denied access to trade routes.


The second powerful implication of self sustainability is its tremendous importance in building the sense of identity and belonging in the hearts of the native population.

Beeing able to use locally available resources in the most effective and sustainable way for every need in daily life requires a learning process that spans over many generations. In this process the native population developes the skills to make most of their food, clothes, houses and tools out of what they have available locally. The population develops a mastery in the skills required for doing that. In that they become able to create unique goods of high value that can be traded for all necessary items which defnitely can not be made locally. However, the people also learns to abstain from the use of tools, luxuries and customs that can not be supplied easily by local resources, while it strengthens the traditions and customs that indeed are nurtured by the local environment.

All of that gives birth to a unique style of all aspects of life and that unique style is what consitutes culture and identity in the first place. It developes a unique knowledge, practical skill, lore, use of language, clothing and food culture which is passed down the generations and makes a nation what it is. In essence, it establishes a connection of the human beeing with the earth it lives on, a connection that, if healthy and wise can last for thousands of years because it has achieved a balance. It has achieved sustainability. It has established real independance which is not just a political independance, but also an economical one.

This is in essence what only can instill in the youth the sense of pride, joy, beauty and meaning of real culture and ethnicity. It will inevitably change the very physical appearance of a people. It turns this people into a product of the earth it lives on but it also shapes and influences the environment in a healthy way. It not only gives this people the right to claim that territory for themselves, because they have learned to live on that territory in a sustainable way, no, it literally makes that ethnic group a property of the earth itself because just as every other animal and plant species existing in that territory, it shapes and preserves the nature of that territory and becomes an integral part of it. It gives said ethnic group not only the right to say, “this earth belongs to us”, but “we belong to this earth”, we are indistinguishable from it.

This is why the judeo-christian definition of “earthly” in “earthly pleasures” for example is kind of misleading. Because what is really earthly is never destructive and selfish, like endulging in selfish and addictive pleasures and unncessary luxury. Earthly in the sense of this presentation has the meaning of wholesome, sustainable, natural, morally correct and honourable. The way to eternal, heavenly light must be walked in accordance with the laws of nature and earth, not in conflict with them. Any activity that destroys the creation can not be in accordance with the will of the creator.


What does that mean for Orania specifically?


With this philosophy in mind I looked at Orania and made some simple observations that  I would like to share with this audience.


With the apparent lack of housing Orania’s construction sector is booming at the moment. Labour is short. Houses must be built quickly and cheaply. I see a plot full of dolorite rocks and ant hills made of clay. The builders now engage in the costly task of clearing that plot of all rocks and ant hills. They spend fuel and energy, maintance work on trucks and working hours of truck drivers to carry away all those materials and dumping them somewhere else. At some other place time and energy is spent to articifially create cement bricks, concrete and aluminum sheets to make the building material of the new house. All of those materials have to be carried to the plot again, which again costs energy and time. Now finally the construction can commence, a construction which requires basic skills found everywhere else in this country, even in the whole world, because the type of house that is built can be found anywhere on the world. It requires no local, unique skill and tradition of craftsmanship. It uses no locally available resources and it probably does not provide any unique benefits in terms of endurance and heat management that make it especially suitable for the local climate and energy efficient.


I simply can not believe that building a house out of cement bricks in an environment abundant in rock, clay and straw is in any circumstance more economical than just building it out of what is available locally. In my view, the only thing that lacks for the unique Karoo Afrikaaner Rockhouse to take shape is the skill of the craftsman and the will and consiousness of the community.

I would like to leave this simple example as a symbol for everything I have mentioned above and for the essence of self determination and self sustainability, culture and ethnicity. It is a  symbol for the balance between nature and man so necessary for claiming a right to live anyhwere on this beautiful planet.


Where I come from, in Germany, we used to have unique houses in the mountainous forests, houses built of sandstone and wood, with roofs and even wall casings of beautiful slate. In the planes and near the rivers houses were built of fired bricks and roof tiles because of the abundance of clay and at the coast the roofs were made of a thatch of straw or reeds. All these building techniques used to create a unique culture of craftsmenship and a powerful sense of identity, independance and pride.


This example from the construction sector is probably most suitable to use for Orania, because construction is booming here at the moment. However this principle can be applied to pretty much any economic or domestic activity in a region and among an ethnic group.


I personally wish that this consciousness reawakens in the peoples of this world and I endorse and give legitimacy to any community that manages to successfully move in this direction of real sustainability and culture.


Many more aspects of a sustainable and beautifully unique lifestyle should be discussed in this kind of presentation, however this must suffice for now. I hope I have deservedly drawn the attention of the audience with my speech. I wish to thank you for listening and granting me this unique opportunity to voice my opinion.


3 Reaksies op “The connection between self-determination, democracy and self-sufficiency. Part 2 – What is Self Sustainablity”

  1. Willem Fourie 13 September 2018 at 14:58 Permalink

    Vielen Dank für den ausgezeichneten Aufsatz, Herr Eichberg

    Ons besef nou dat ons nie ons heil onder ‘n swart kommunistiese regering kan vind nie.

    The 1913 Land Act, an English (not Boer) survey of areas settled by black people showed clearly that, other than a few Tswana settlements in the north, there were no blacks in the Boer republics.

    In 1910 the English forced the Republics into a union with the colonies and black regions.

    In 1948 English stoolie government ended, thus the English administration was hardly 40 years.

    The national government started developing the black regions to make them economically viable to become independent again (with crushing taxes on the white taxpayer), a policy called separate development, or “apartheid” by the media.

    Ciskei and Bophuthatswana had their own governments. Transkei and Vendaland were close. Kwazulu had their own government (Inkatha) but prefered to remain in the union, although they strongly resisted inclusion in the “new South Africa” under black communism.

    Just a quick note on the wars against the English empire (1880/1, 1889-1902) and Soviet union (1976-1988). We lost neither war on the battlefield, but by treason.

    The English simply could not afford a 1/2 million person invasion any more, and weren’t winning despite concentration camps and scorched earth (killing 1/3 of the Boers). Thus they resorted to bribing two generals who became subsequent prime ministers under English administration.

    The Soviet union, in spite of piling in millions of tonnes of armour into Angola, could not break through to South West Africa (Namibia). There were other fronts too, and internal instigation. It was a drunk foreign minister who gave away South West (which was not even on the table) at the Cairo negotiations. Months later the Soviet union collapsed.

    Invasions against the Boers being the high-water mark of two empires.

    Mandela was a KGB trained and equipped communist terrorist. Any democratic country would have convicted him. The Rivonia trial was open to the public and Mandela was well represented by international lawyers.

    In 1985 he was hauled out of jail and groomed by the English for a faerie tale release-from-prison in 1994 with a pre-prepared government. All Boer and Zulu resistance to this coup where severely dealt with with incarceration and other means by the deKlerk government.

    There are no examples of successful black, or communist governments on the planet. The “new” South Africa is no exception.

  2. Jj 18 September 2018 at 10:21 Permalink

    Very well written article.

  3. Willem Fourie 3 Oktober 2018 at 14:38 Permalink

    Dear reader,
    We cannot be self-sufficient without our own currency

    Here is a short essay on the subject:
    (it’s not spam)

    Thank you

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