The other KKK: how the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift tried to craft a new world
2016-02-19 10:57:49 GMT
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"George Orwell thought they were ‘sex maniacs’. They thought they were spiritual samurai, rebuilding Britain after the Great War. With their magical rituals, outdoor living and utopian vision, they are the most fascinating of forgotten youth movements – and their ideas still resonate"
"The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift – deliberately designed around the “magical” letter K and using a kind of Anglo-Saxon esperanto – was formed in 1920. It was thus part of the great turmoil that happened after the war: with so many millions of adolescents slaughtered, youth was at a premium, and it was beginning to develop its own self-consciousness as a separate social grouping, as well as making its first attempts to build an ideology. “Civilisation was about to die,” thought the youthful kinsman Leslie Paul, “and the future belonged only to us, the young, who were going to build a better one.” Hargrave held that the postwar reconstruction was doomed “because the rulers have not the courage to abandon the mechanical civilised slavery which by an unseen course brought about the war”. His solution was to build up an elite group that, taking the woodcraft elements from the Scouts, was designed to be a complete fusion of aesthetics, politics and spirituality that would use the visual “as a form of magical persuasion”."
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