Kim Socha

Kim Socha promoting her book ‘Animal Liberation and Atheism’, which she discusses on this episode.

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On this episode Nick is joined by Kim Socha, who is an English professor, grassroots animal liberation activist and author of the book ‘Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed’. We discuss this book, religion being a conservative human construct, the animal movement being nearly totally godless, right-wing people engaging in more animal exploitation and meat consumption, critiques of an article on an “inclusive” animal movement, atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris criticising speciesism but not going vegan, challenging the idea of “humane” slaughter (which is about the best animals can hope for from most religious texts), food deserts making it difficult for some people to live vegan, and child labour and slavery in the production of cocoa. We encourage people to check out Kim’s book on atheism and animals and like the Facebook page for it!

In addition to the discussion with Kim, Nick also discusses the greyhound racing industry, links with Marius the giraffe being killed at Copenhagen Zoo last year, and a correction on the queer refugee whose letter we read on episode 85.

This episode is brought to you by “Anarchist Aaron”. You can hear Aaron on episode 85 discussing queer refugees. Thanks a lot to Aaron for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Clips:

Gogol BordelloSupertheory of Supereverything’, Sue-Anne PostTwenty Years of Kicking God in the Shins’ – from the 2010 Atheist Convention, ‘I Believe’ from the Book of Mormon, Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha – part 1, Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha – part 2, NOFXYou’re Wrong’, NOFX ‘You’re Wrong’ (live).

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For most of this episode, we’re joined by Leigh-Chantelle from Viva la Vegan!. Leigh-Chantelle is a vegan, animal rights activist, feminist, singer/songwriter, author and blogger. She discusses effective online activism, staying positive despite in-fighting in social movements, veganism, animal advocacy and podcasting. Leigh-Chantelle also interviewed Nick for Viva la Vegan! podcast – there is both a video and audio version of this interview available here.

Also covered on this episode is the 2015 ICAS Oceania conference in Melbourne, Eve and Jill Scott on Iggy Azalea and cultural appropriation (this is a follow-up to our discussion on this issue on episode 84), and Viva la Vegan!’s Top Ten Male ‪‎Vegan Athletes (Nick is #6).

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Book Recommendation:

Feed by MT Anderson.

Clips:

Leigh-ChantelleGo With The Flow’, The Thick of it (Series 3, Episode 1), CNNNN, Part 1 of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle, Jill Scott and Eve Dissect Iggy Azalea’s Black Accent, Part 2 of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle, Universal PoplabVampire in You’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features the start of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle on effective online activism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

Nick's message of support queer refugees

Nick’s message of support for queer refugees. This picture was taken at the End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island stall where Nick met Aaron and we set up this discussion.

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Nick is joined by Aaron from End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island for the entire episode. We discuss the intersections between queer and refugee issues, with the Australian government’s policies such as “offshore processing” of asylum seekers harming refugees as a whole, but queer refugees in particular. We also read a letter from a queer refugee, discuss refugee activism and the importance of individual stories in changing attitudes, violence and/or the threat of violence preventing people’s free movement around the world, Emma Goldman’s ‘Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty’, and punk rock music and social change.

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Clips:

Anti-FlagI’d tell you but’, Rise AgainstBehind Closed Doors’, Simon Taylor ‘What an Amazing Journey’ – from the album ‘Funny’, Rage Against the Machine ‘War within a Breath’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our opening discussion on the Australian government’s policies towards queer refugees and what we can do to stand up against these policies, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

murdoch islammed

Comedian Aziz Ansari mocked Rupert Murdoch for the anti-Muslim comments he made after the Charlie Hedbo attacks. Image from The Young Turks.

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On this episode we discuss terrorism, Islamophobia, free speech and Charlie Hedbo. We discuss the way Rupert Murdoch was mocked by comedian Aziz Ansari and writer JK Rowling (and so many others!) for the anti-Muslim comments he made after the Charlie Hedbo attacks. We also read comedian Aaamer Rahman’s great article ‘Fears escalate as more young Australians enlist in overseas terror campaign’, which flips the roles in discussions around terrorism and who has to condemn it. For more on these issues, check out Nick’s article ‘When Will Moderate Whites Condemn the NAACP Bombing?’.

We also mention Aamer Rahman’s criticisms of Iggy Azalea and have a discussion on her hip hop, analysed through the lens of race, gender and class. Other stuff covered on the episode is: our 2014 Annual WordPress Report, New Internationalist’s 2015 diary, the market vs the environment (in cartoon form!), terrorism and increasing state powers, and criticisms of the I’ll Ride With You campaign.

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Clips:

Less than JakeAll My Best Friends are Metal Heads’, Aziz AnsariAre White People Psyched All The Time?’, Atheists being Dicks, Austin PowersLegally BrownThe Brown Radio Shock Jock’, The Smith Street BandWipe That Shit Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face’.

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Male lions like the two pictured above ‘pair-bond and initiate homosexual activity’ – image and text from intentblog.com

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Nick and new co-host “the Kitten” are joined by Jess Ison, author of the blog Queering Speciesism and Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania Rep. Jess discusses links between queer issues and speciesism (discrimination based on species)/animal rights issues, including: mourning the deaths of non-human animals and queer people, Bash Back!, Operation Splash Back, links between the campaign for same-sex marriage and the live export campaign, Critical Animal Studies and queer issues, direct action and the Animal Liberation Front, Mardis Gras, how to be a queer ally, and non-human animals refusing gender norms and binaries. You can hear more from Jess on Freedom of Species – she particularly recommends her interview with pattrice jones.

We also encourage people to read Nick’s article ‘When Will Moderate Whites Condemn the NAACP Bombing?’, and listen to: Crimethinc podcast on white supremacy, Ebola and MayDay; The Angry Hippie’s podcast on terrorism and police racism in the US; and we also briefly touched on police racism in the US on our 78th episode.

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Clips:

Adhamh Roland ‘Queers Bash Back’, Part 1 of our discussion with Jess, Good Riddance ‘Cheyenne’, Part 2 of our discussion with Jess, Angel HazeSame Love’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion with Jess, here: Queering Speciesism. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

 

Katie at Big Sky Sanctuary

Katie with a buddy at Big Sky Sanctuary. The photo is thanks to B – @binvfa on Twitter.

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We’re joined by Naty Guerrero-Diaz, Penny Cameron and Melanie Ellis from Big Sky Sanctuary. Naty discusses the intersectionalfeministabolitionist philosophy of Big Sky Sanctuary, as well as critiques of the vegan movement – including rejecting the idea of bringing veganism into the mainstream, as well as arguing that veganism is just one stop in a long journey for social justice. Penny and Mel discuss the animals at Big Sky Sanctuary, their campaign for a new barn for their sanctuary (which you can donate to – details here) and their heroes, Vine Sanctuary in the US.

You can view our photos from our visits to the sanctuary here and here. It takes a lot of money to take care of all of the animals at Big Sky, so we really encourage people to give a donation if they can – you can find their bank details here. We also encourage people who live in/visit Melbourne to check out Las Vegan!

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Clips:

Junto ‘Love Your Friends’, Interview with Naty Guerrero-Diaz, Not Right ‘Intersectionality Song’, Interview with Penny Cameron and Melanie Ellis, Malvina Reynolds ‘Little Boxes’, Luc from Team Earthling’s singing skills.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the interview with Naty, here: Big Sky Sanctuary on Feminism, Intersectionality and Abolitionism. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

green capitalism

The above image is from the ‘Anarchist Memes’ Facebook page.

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Nick is joined by guest host sociologist Dr Caleb Goods, author of the book Greening Auto Jobs: A Critical Analysis of the Green Job Solution, for this entire episode. We discuss what “green” capitalism is, critiques of green capitalism – focusing on the incompatibility of growth and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact generally (this graph shows this really well), arguing against green capitalism in a time of climate change denial from the current Australian government, the role of individual solutions in combating environmental problems, and the degrowth movement.

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Clips:

Serj TankianHarakiri’, NOFXFranco Un-American’, Eddie VedderSociety’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features Caleb discussing critiques of green capitalism and his book, here: To Capitalism! The Cause of…and Solution to…All Environmental Problems. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*The title for this episode is kinda stolen/modified from the famous Simpsons quote on alcohol.