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