We Must Defend the Earth

We must be willing to put ourselves on the line for the earth.

We can help from afar, on the ground, in the air or in between. Put yourself on the line–it’s the only hope we have.

We must stop the death machines in their tracks. Natural resources belong to all living beings, including the earth. They are not here just for people. That’s the story imperialists have been telling themselves for hundreds of years; the lie continues to grow.

Stay clear headed. Preserve your strength. Learn new skills. Learn how to survive. And learn how to strike back.

Beat the booze

As straightedge vegan anarchists, we need to fight all forms of social control, colonization and imprisonment. Nothing short of total liberation from coercion for all beings. To this end my personal anarchism fights against intoxication culture–be they smartphones, television, drug and alcohol consumption, consumerism, religious dogma, Abrahmic religion, traditional modes of thinking and being. These are but tools of governmental and social control–we must take back our wildness. Pacification through inebriation has rendered people unimaginative, unable to see a world beyond their own glamorization, their own instant gratification and self-perpetuated myths of grandeur and celebrity status. They can’t see a world where we humans value the planet and all its inhabitants, all its complexity; we don’t see ourselves as part of nature but instead as elites, marching atop the earth in triumphal procession. Indeed we live in civilizations that value only human empowerment and so-called progress at the expense of the only planet we’ll ever call home.

We as a species will never understand if we don’t open our minds and hearts. Some of us have been beating on these drums for years, all fallen on deaf, inebriated and dumbed minds. Unleash your power, make a stand against the corporations that would destroy us, destroy our earth. Don’t tamp your anger and rage and love with drugs, but stoke those fires with clarity and calls to action. As a famous musician once wrote, if you only take what’s put before you, eat what’s on your plate, who’s to blame for your tummy ache? Don’t toe the line. Redraw the limits of your imagination, expectations and realities; defeat the colonizer within.

Build Your Inner Fortress

Inside each of us is a wellspring of hope–and every corporation and body of government wants to extract that precious resource and infill with concrete. They want to use you and then build their empire upon your corpse, your skeleton, your flesh.

From birth ’til death we are a commodity to be tilled and harvested; all in the name of keeping a massive militaristic nation moving forward on the ever-rolling barrels of oil.

Cast off these chains that we have forged through the years; set yourself on a path to freedom. Liberate your mind, body and soul; liberate those who are dear to you; liberate the innocent.

Love yourself so that you can love those beings that surround you.

Why Words Matter to XVX

Words shape our thoughts; so when we form the thought “cow,” the totality of the image isn’t simply a furry thing with four legs, quite big and friendly, but it’s also a thing that we eat, brand, milk, fatten up, wear as clothing and of course eventually kill and turn into various food products. In other words, a cow is an object that waits for us to use, abuse and kill it, despite whatever bucolic connotations we might also associate with their lives.

Same for a pig. Not necessarily the intelligent and amusing and sometimes ornery and stubborn things they often are, but a disgusting animal that roots in it’s own shit and piss. One of the lowest of the “livestock” animals, as if they were living shares of a corporation, or cans in a pantry

How we treat these animals is how we think of these animals–it’s how we distance ourselves from the truth of our horrific actions against them. It comes as no surprise then that we use these same words for people and groups of people that we despise and abuse. Calling heavier-set women cows; calling police officers pigs; calling people sheep. Those that we kill in war or undocumented migrants are animals.We create intellectual barriers so we can perform acts of cruelty against them.

The language of the carnist is the language of the oppressor, the colonizer, the rapist, the mass murderer. We must be more conscious of our thoughts and actions if we are ever to escape this senseless circle of destruction, consumption, excretion, waste, destruction.

This is not a moral crusade.

This is a final prayer for the earth and its inhabitants. The mass extinction will include us; and how you live your life matters. Mine will be lived with strength and compassion. With dignity and love. I will pray to the god I do not believe in for the lost souls of this earth. To the gods in which I do believe, I offer nothing but apology and sadness for the terror my kind has bestowed upon them.

And what has it all been for, this destruction, creation and greed? Nothing more than baubles and comfort. And as Vollmann suggests, “who would deny the poor water-carrier, or the subsistence farmer, a little reprieve from their endless toil?” Not me. Hopefully not you.

And thus we ride into the darkness upon our petrol-fueled beasts.