Posts Tagged ‘atheism’

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).

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha on atheism and animals, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

1984

George Orwell’s book 1984 has been banned in Thailand. This image is from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

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On this episode we discuss our recent trip where us farangs (the Thai word for people of European origin) visited Phuket in Thailand. Just before we got to Thailand there was a military coup and the new regime has banned George Orwell’s book 1984. We cover this, as well as having a discussion on representative versus direct democracy. We also discuss kathoeys (who ‘are born physiologically male but, as one Thai saying goes, “have a female heart” ‘) and avoiding transphobia in feminist movements. We explore the relationship people have with animals in Thailand compared to Western countries, travelling as vegans and anti-consumerists, and skin whitening products being sold in the supermarkets (rather than the tanning products sold in the West). Also covered is the books we read while we were away: Atheism – The Case Against God and Buddhism Without Beliefs. You can view some of our photos from our trip here.

There is also further discussion on direct action and Israel/Palestine – the topics covered on episode 65. On Israel/Palestine, we mention the indefinite ceasefire that has been agreed to, the open letter signed by 327 Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors of the Holocaust calling for an end to the ‘ongoing genocide of Palestinian people’, and try and work out where to now for the movement for justice for Palestine? On direct action, we talk about direct action during the Vietnam War (as discussed in the book Occupy Everything: Anarchists and the Occupy Movement). We also mention Dan discussing direct action for refugees – you can hear more from Dan on episode 61. We recommend people check out Team Earthling animal rights podcast – specifically their episodes on ableism (including covering direct action and ableism), their crossover episode with us (which included a discussion on violence and non-violence), and their episode on teen veganism (which has an interview we did for their show).

This episode is brought to you by “Mr Mcgee”. Thanks a lot to “Mr Mcgee” for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too, as well as getting a Progressive Podcast Australia iron-on patch!

Clips:

Lily Allen ‘The Fear’, Man on the MoonLast Scene’, AphroditeOne Man Woman, Two-Timing Man’, The Office (UK), Myq Kaplan ‘Buddhism, Feminism and Math’ from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’, The Chaser’s War on EverythingHillsong Church Parody – Praise the Lord’, Austin Powers, Sydney Anarchist MediaAnarchist Reflections of Villawood Protest to Refugee Transfers’, Propagandhi ‘Haillie Sellasse, Up Your Ass’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on kathoeys in Thailand, here: Kathoeys in Thailand, Challenging Gender Norms and Opposing Transphobia. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.