Guest Post: The Pashtun, A Post-Peak Oil Tribal Beacon for the Occident, by Arif Hasan Akhundzada, RVI Pakistan Representative ©
Pashtuns are quite irrelevant on the global scene as far as economic, cultural, industrial and technological development and clout are concerned. In an age of pending Post-Peak Oil collapse this condition of the Pashtuns is an asset and advantage, not a liability.
On account of the Pashtun geostrategic importance, they hold one of the most important and key positions in the geopolitical world of the current day. The fact that they lag behind in other fields is on account of their own “structural inadequacies” and shortcomings of culture. But as noted above, in an upside-down world, supposed liabilities are about to become assets. These supposed “shortcomings” of culture rather than race are illusory, as they can lay claim to the same Aryan-Scythian heritage common to Europe and Asia. The same Pashtun, if he or she grows up in a Western environment, has the same potential output as his or her peers from other races.
The position and role of the Pashtuns clearly reflects the meta-importance of Ethno Nationalism over say, White Nationalism, as recognized by the Renaissance Vanguard International (RVI).
The Pashtun world consists of a very fragmented, primitive society of tribes, who are at best peasants and otherwise pastoral nomads. Paradoxically, Pashtuns have some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth as their territory, while others of their tribe are agriculturists, and are gifted with prime agricultural land.
Pashtuns are basically a very belligerent and quarrelsome tribal people who take offence easily and always carry guns. This “gun-toting” is their symbol of “manliness” and pride and pulls at them at the slightest provocation. Inter-clan and family blood feuds that can last for generations are not uncommon. Relative to the “normal” law and institutions of the modern, “developed” world, they are very much lawless and criminal in nature; they follow their own informal and unwritten tribal customs and codes faithfully and hold contempt for the education laws of modern civilization, considering themselves too proud to be bound by such exigencies.
In these ways are the Pashtun perfectly prepared and culturally positioned to address the dire challenges of Post-Peak Oil collapse and devolution of the large industrial nation-state. Although not fully “industrial” relative to its Western counterparts, Pakistan already shows political and cultural fault lines of nation-state, i.e. energy, devolution. We would be politically prudent to keep a close eye on developments in Pakistan.
The main reason why Pashtuns are now posing such a challenge to the world’s premier powers is due to their refractory and insolent tribal independence. Although this independence is minimal and primitive as far as resources go, it is potently keeping the US and NATO at bay in the present situation. In fact and again to stress the inverse of contemporary, bioregional political advantage, the very “minimal” character of this independence is one of its strong points in the said conflict.
The Pashtuns have a coherent and homogenous identity before the world, and they display it unabashedly. As my RVI Executive colleague, Sean Verster, RVI South Africa Representative, has stated: “The political principle of Ethno Nationalism probes at the soft underbelly of Globalization; it exposes a serious Globalist Achilles Heel. In a Post-Peak Oil world of collapsing and devolving institutions, there is nothing that the Globalists can toss at Ethno Nationalism with which to counter. They are hand-cuffed.”
All of the above serves as a lesson for every society and nation, Western and non-Western, and more so those which are contemplating a post-industrial future during these coming uncertain times.
It should be noted that a great deal of resemblance exists between North Amerikan European settlers and Pashtuns as far as their clan spirit of independence and gun culture go. Besides the main, traditional Pashtun occupation of agriculture, and the modern, petroleum related industries of trucking and lumber, the very Pashtun nature ensures that most of their population in Pakistan and Afghanistan indulges in activities for a living that border on the criminal. These “livelihoods” would include smuggling, kidnapping for ransom, counterfeiting, drug running and gun running. This is all done with full illegality and on an “industrial scale!”
Again, we note that any post-industrial transition for Pashtun society will not be a major challenge, as they have not “progressed” very far in most of the respects that define a modern industrial society. The traditional way of life is still very much the same as it has been for the past 2500 years of known Pashtun existence, minus the electricity (which is mostly stolen), flashy SUVs, watches on their wrists, plus very recent amenities like cable TV, mobile phones and other industrial society trappings. These industrial appendages will evaporate if and when as their source does. In such an event, Pashtuns can be expected to remain as they always have been both in their own part of the world, and in the overall milieu as a whole.
Western observers of Pakistan’s collapse would take heed to keep a sharp eye on the Pashtun. The people and the region are a Post-Peak Oil tribal beacon for the Occident as surely as they are a hindrance for imperialist interlopers.