Archive for December, 2008

Posted: December 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

I've recently been discovering a bunch of anti-civilization tendencies in the lyrical writings of some hardcore and punk bands. I guess it should be no surprise that uncivilized kids escaping the traps of the mainstream would have dreams of a free and feral existence. Here is an unmistakably incomplete list of bands: 

Hardcore:

Misery Signals (the new cd is really good. MS is a melodic metal-core band. I'm not much into metal, but this band has always been one of my favorites. They are incredible musicians and lyricists.)

Dead Hearts (they are from Bufulo, NY, a city torn apart by economic hardship. Great, fast, old-style hardcore with plenty of sing-alongs.)

Future Primitive (Fast hardcore band from Cali. I just discovered them- incredible.)

Rally the Fray (Good anti-civ hardcore from Georgia)

Paint it Black (anarchist hardcore at it's best)

And I must plug the following ant-civ bands:

Theillalogical Spoon (great experimental folky music with strong anarcho-primitivist lyrics from a christian perspective and a touch of crust when needed)

Holy! Holy! Holy! (St. Louis based anarchist group. Amazing lyrics and passion.)

Hayduke Lives! (Minneapolis based alt country band on Ant-Civ Records)

Rio De La Muerte (Gainesville/Polk County folk rock by my buddy Rio. Also on Anti-Civ Records)

Harlot Bride (St Louis based experimental ruckus by some christian anarchists)

Also check out Anti-Civ Records 

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What A Way To Go

Posted: December 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
I just finished watching an amazing documentary called What a Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire. It's about population overshoot, peak oil, climate change, mass extinction and this culture of denial. It is brilliantly made, approaching these apocalyptic topics one by one and integrating them all together, weaving our cosmic crisis for us all to see plainly. It makes it unmistakably clear that things must change, all of it, and now. I really like that it follows the mind journey of the producer as he meets epiphanies and travels to speak with "experts" on the subjects, ever expanding his understanding through the course of the film. His journey very much resembles mine, and many others, showing that a deep critical look at our current problems inevitably brings one to certain conclusions about civilization, agriculture, beginnings and cultural myths. 

Here is the entire film, section by section on youtube. You can watch it that way or go to the website and order it. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFbOzsnHNjU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8bNr0CD_qI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjQySXk54tE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMmLmdZXCrY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjDkdCa5Szo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-yScYdglWk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKgSsHwYvG4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkHshFnxoy0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dki2i57Ruwg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfDMrVXX9q4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5v3IsE7i3w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7MLl6Hw2k4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9wYxb-gesM

A Brief Christmas Thought

Posted: December 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

This holiday season we have a sign hanging in Presbyterian Student Center where I work. It has an ancient icon of Jesus with the words, "Where did I say you should buy so much to celebrate my birthday?" This seems to be a question that is more relevant than ever this holiday season. With the economy in the place that it is, all who celebrate Christmas are surely put between a rock and a hard place. Jesus was ever-critical of using money to enhance or celebrate the holy. The gospels tell us of his encounter with the money-changers in the temple. This passage too often is viewed as only relating to the church building. Don't open a bookstore in the church lobby! But surely the implications go further. Not only does excessive spending during Christmas deplete the pot and take from the poor, but it takes the heart out of the holidays. There are many who, still placing faith in our economic model, will push for excessive spending this year as a means of boosting our economy. Yet the focus of Christmas then becomes the promotion of the invisible- pump funds into our system and watch it grow. This is misplaced effort. Perhaps what we need is to re-focus our holiday cheer. Instead of pumping money into our economic system, maybe we should consider pumping effort into our family relationships. Why not give the gift of time? Instead of frantically rushing around for that last-minute gift, why not grab your brother or sister and bake some cookies. If your family is still tied on the gift-giving model of celebration, then bake them cookies for Christmas! Or make a piece of art. You could even give the gift of time in a literal manner- write down a coupon promising to make your family dinner in the upcoming week, or promising dad a back massage. There are many ways to take the focus off of money and put it back on the holy- on family, friends, love, and cooperation. These things are more eternal than our economy and are much more fulfilling. May peace and joy be yours this holiday season!  
For more relational gift-giving ideas, check out http://www.buynothingchristmas.org

Another X-mas thought:
Christmas is the one time of year that people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.
-Bart Simpson

Primitivism and Vegetariansim

Posted: December 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

I used to be vegetarian. I was vegan for years as well. But I started getting really sick 6 years ago when I became veg and have since developed health problems that are quite possibly irreversible (via conventional medicine). I also developed an allergy to soy and was unable to supplement my diet with it. After a lot of struggling through the ethics of eating meat, I decided to give it a shot. Since then (its been about 3 months), I have developed a new kind of ethic regarding meat that actually makes a lot of sense to me. It seems to sort of line up with the thought of the indigenous and primitive culture pretty well.
From what I understand there were not many vegetarian primitive societies. They, as well as shamans (who are the mediators between the plant/animal world and the human world in many cultures) seem to have a more holistic understanding of ecosystems. If we are part of the cycle of life, and not separate from it in anyway, then not only is eating animals natural, but it is necessary to the cycle and the ecosystem. Eating plants is also natural to many animals, including humans. And if plants and trees and fish and deer are all alive, then what sense in there in making any distinction between meat eating and plant eating?
Trees live and die, and once they are dead they fall and are used for other purposes within the cycle of life- such as bridging streams and housing mushrooms and lichen. This isn't bad, its just the way things work. Death is not bad, and it's not even the the opposite of life. In a holistic sense, it is part of the cycle of LIFE. In the same way, when animals die and are eaten (deer, cows, fish, humans), they serve their purpose in the cycle.
I think we are often too separated from the natural world and so we think that we have some superiority over the other inhabitants of this earth. We are also scared of death. Why not live happy, free and healthy and die young? Why exploit the rest of nature so that you can get a heart transplant and live longer than your time? It's insane that we have become so far removed that even these simple thought sound crazy.

Ched Myers Articles

Posted: December 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

Downloads:

Anarcho-Primitivism and the Bible

The Fall

Surely This Is the Gate of Heaven

Led by the Spirit into the Wilderness

Cedars- short version


Links:

Cultural Linguistic Diversity and Deep Social Ecology (Gen. 11:1-9)

Posted: December 1, 2008 in Uncategorized

Wal-Mart Worker Crushed to Death in Early Morning Stampede of Shoppers on Black Friday

A Wal-Mart employee in Long Island, New York died
after being trampled to death by a mob of shoppers on Friday, the
traditional first day of the holiday shopping season. The 34-year-old
worker Jdimytai Damour was killed after a crowd of 2,000 broke down
store doors and ran over him shortly before the store"s schedule 5 a.m.
opening. Four shoppers were injured in the stampede. Nassau County
police were trying to determine what happened during the stampede, but
said it was unclear if there would be any criminal charges.

(from DemocracyNow.org)

There's nothing to say about this sick tragedy. It speaks for it self and is quite telling of our rampant consumer culture.Poster_santa-came