To vote or not to vote. That is the question. And the debate did not start with Russell Brand. Here are a few a reasons to consider why voting does not equal democracy. You may be able to think of more.
(This article was sent to us by a local anarchist a while back, now’s a good time to run it!)
Continue reading 30 Reasons Why Voting Does Not Equal Democracy!
Two discussion nights at Kebele social centre for local anarchists who’d like to discuss an anarchist response to the upcoming elections on 7th May 2015. Come along to sharpen your analysis & consider some options collectively…
Everybody has a lifestyle of some sort or other. Some lifestyles are quite common, those of working people with kids for example. Others are less common, not many have lifestyles like the royal family, or the Tory/LibDem cabinet, or the Pope. But in anarchist & radical circles, ‘lifestylism’ or ‘lifestyle politics’, are often terms used in a derogatory way – people think dismissively perhaps of wealthy drop outs who dont need to work and can afford all the expensive ‘green’ foods & goods, or at the other end of the scale there’s the scruffy cider punks with a dog on a string living in a shitty squat – however incorrect such assumptions may actually be.
The article below appeared in issue 14 of the now defunct Shift magazine, in response to an earlier article ‘Give up Lifestylism‘ in issue 13. We reprint it here, with Matt’s permission, as its well written and we think relevant to many in Bristol. It’s a topic that may well come up at the Bristol bookfair in April.(note – images have been added by us.)
In Defence of Lifestyle Politics
by Matt Wilson
In the last edition of Shift Magazine, Josie Hooker and Lauren Wroe wrote an article suggesting we ought to abandon the idea of lifestyle politics. Here, I respond to their concerns and go on to argue that lifestyle is a fundamental part of social change. Continue reading In Defence Of Lifestyle Politics
What came first, the crucifixion or the egg?
The egg silly!
So we have another christian festival upon us. 3 or 4 months after the arrival of the son of god via a virgin birth, now we’ve got his death, resurrection and departure to heaven. You couldn’t make this nonsense up if you tried.
As with all christian festivals, this one recuperates yet another pagan festival. In this case its a mixture of the spring equinox and a goddess of fertility (Ostara or Eostre), which in olden days was naturally a time of partying and good food (rabbits – a symbol of fertility)! Now every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, we get Easter Sunday. With added chocolate. Nowadays of course, capital grasps every opportunity to make a profit, so chocolate (made from raw materials expropriated from poor countries) and flowers (flown in from poorer countries) top the list.
Of course, you can just imagine how Roman Catholic priests welcomed the addition of chocolate, “Come into my study for some chocs little boy, but first suck this…”. So this song is for the Pope, god’s representative on earth….
CRASS ‘Reality Asylum’, banned from the1978 ‘Feeding of the 5000’ EP, but released as a double single in 1979 Continue reading Jesus died so we could eat more chocolate
Much sniggering here as the worldwide financial system creaks again. This time it’s Dubai World, essentially a holding company formed by the Dubai government, that is asking for a payment holiday on its debts. In particular its struggling to repay some £3.2billion due in a couple weks, although its total debts are in excess of £50billion. The rub is that if they dont pay up, then their creditors are themselves exposed, and as we now know, banks and financial institutions are constantly lending short term money to each other, so if one fails…you may well get a domino effect. Continue reading We won’t bail out Dubai
Subvert Festival – 23 to 25 October 2009!
The Bastard Squad Collective swing back into action with their annual Subvert Festival, roping in a number of other local groups to help them along the way. With 3 nights of politics, inspiration, and fun! Continue reading Subvert Festival
Well it was surely only a matter of time…
Continue reading Poverty can be eradicated