Posts Tagged ‘capitalism’

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On this episode we challenge the Australian government’s claim that tax cuts for business will lead to higher wages for workers. We also discuss concerning government influence over the ABC on this issue (see the Guardian and Media Watch for more on this) and which sector Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull serves, demonstrated by his reversal on the Banking Royal Commission once the banks requested it themselves.

We also discuss the Australian Unions campaign to Change the Rules and bring fairness back.

The episode features a great video from Juice Media on the proposed charity gag law by the Australian government, which we discussed on episode 201. Please watch and share the video here and it is also embedded below. We also encourage people to contact the Labor party to urge them to reject these laws.

Finally, you can hear Nick interviewed on the ABC discussing his article on dogs being considered property under the law. You can hear Nick at 23:20 into this episode of Evenings with Melanie Tait.

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Clips:

PropagandhiRock for Sustainable Capitalism’, Mad As HellBusinesses Passing on Profits to Workers?’, The Juice MediaHonest Government Ad, Charity Gag Law’, Tracy ChapmanFast Car’.

Episode title inspired by a quote from Jess Ison.

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Aus police, defending animal abuse

Image from the 5 Day Fast and Justice Camp that we covered on episode 192. This episode features a talk by Nick looking into the state’s role in animal oppression, amongst other topics.

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This episode covers veganism and ethnicity as well as anarchism and animal liberation, featuring a talk by Angela Davis on veganism as revolutionary, a voicemail from “the usual Jon” on Maori veganism and a talk by Nick on why animal liberation is an important anarchist issue.

Check out Nick’s article published on the ABC, covering dog attacks but also broader issues of dogs and other animals being classified as property under the law. We also appreciate any shares on the article via Facebook and Twitter.

Nick’s talk covers some themes touched on in episode 192 regarding police, the state and animal exploitation. You can find links to all of the sources Nick mentioned during the talk in the description for the talk. I’d specifically like to mention the article ‘It’s not easy being young, black, and vegan’ by Odochi Ibe and documentary The Invisible Vegan, both on African-American veganism. Follow @InvisibleVegan on Twitter for updates on the doco.

We play Angela Davis’s talk referred to above as part of the regular segment ‘Angela Davis ALWAYS Makes Sense’ – this time it’s on veganism.

John’s voicemail was originally played on Team Earthling podcast and if any Māori or Pasifika vegans or non-vegans interested in veganism want a forum that’s more aligned with your cultural values, Jon recommends the group “Māori and Pasifika Vegans” on Facebook. For more information on race, class and veganism you can check out a great talk by Javed on this topic (which we played on episode 54) as well as the talk ‘Animal Activism of the Poor in Australia—Is anyone paying attention?’ by Jeanette Carroll.

Here are a bunch of articles, book chapters etc Nick has published recently (must be uni break!):

Nick has also joined the Freedom of Species animal advocacy show on 3CR radio – you can hear him discuss the campaign against horse-drawn carriages in Melbourne here and he’ll be a regular host on the show from now on.

Finally, you can view some pics from the Be Fair Be Vegan demonstration here and below – this was part of the Be Fair Be Vegan ad campaign that we discussed last episode.

This episode is brought to you by Deborah from goveganscotland.com – thanks a lot to Deborah for donating to our Crowdfunding campaign! Deborah recommends people check out the book Fat Gay Vegan: Eat, Drink and Live Like You Give a Sh!t by Sean O’Callaghan.

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Clips:

Local Resident Failure ‘Fuck White Pride’, Angela Davis – interview 1972 – talking about revolutionAngela Davis on Veganism, Nick’s talk ‘Why Animal Liberation is an Important Anarchist Issue’, “The usual Jon” on Maori veganism, Dead Prez ‘Be Healthy’.

A slide from Mike’s talk which is discussed on this episode, with the caption explaining the audience’s reaction.

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This episode features designer and anthropologist Michael Palmyre who elaborates on some of the themes touched on in his talk ‘Are We Using Design to Make the World a Less Valuable Place?’. This talk was played on our last episode, #196.

More specifically, the discussion covers: the reaction to the talk, especially because it featured “the c word”; questioning whether economic growth really make our lives better; slavery and capitalism; the books Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There; Star Wars and the military industrial complex; mental health and capitalism; and Cracked on apocalyptic movies, zombies and vampires.

The final part of our discussion with Mike is played on episode 198.

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Clips:

Local Resident FailureThe Opener’, Bill Hicks ‘Vs the Audience 2’ from the album ‘Flying Saucer Tour Vol 1’, Does economic growth really make our lives better? Anthropologist Jason Hickel says it’s killing us, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality in The Sims 3: Chapter 18.

*Title inspired by a quote from the movie Dodgeball, coz we’re that highbrow!

Michael Palmyre giving his talk ‘Are We Using Design to Make the World a Less Valuable Place?’, which is featured on this episode.

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This episode features a talk by designer and anthropologist Michael Palmyre: ‘Are We Using Design to Make the World a Less Valuable Place?’. You can watch this talk here and it is also embedded below.

We’re also joined by Mike for an additional discussion on some background for the talk, the importance of challenging dominant narratives and ideologies, and the all-important Sydney versus Melbourne debate.

This discussion continues on episodes 197 and 198, focusing on reactions to the talk and elaborating on some of the themes covered.

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Clips:

MarthaPrecarious (The Supermarket Song)’, Michael PalmyreAre We Using Design to Make the World a Less Valuable Place?’, Gil-Scot Heron ‘New York is Killing Me’.

Photo: Wasi Daniju

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Nick is joined by Mark Allen to discuss the Grenfell Tower fire. We discuss the benefits of “red tape” and the dangers of poor quality high-rise buildings, including in Australia. Mark also covered this issue of poor quality high-rise on our show back on episode 127.

There is also a return of the segment ‘Angela Davis ALWAYS Makes Sense’, this time on capitalism, activism and creating new arenas of struggle.

We discuss the fire as a powerful example of the devastating impact of economic inequality, drawing on the following academic articles: ‘World-Economic Trends in the Distribution of Income, 1965-1992’; ‘Inequality: Causes and consequences’; and ‘Income Inequality and Social Dysfunction’.

We also cover the success of Jeremy Corbyn’s grassroots campaign, despite very negative mainstream media coverage.

We finish the episode by covering the Finsbury Park terrorist attack and using social media to challenge the selective labelling of terrorism. For more on the selective labelling of terrorism, check out Nick’s article ‘Malcolm Turnbull Benches Team Australia, But Will The Narrative On Terrorism Change?’ and our 112th episode.

A reminder to come along to the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference in Melbourne from the 14th-16th July! Registration is now open.

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Clips:

Musician Akala: People died in London fire ‘because they were poor’, ChumbawambaUgh! Your Ugly Houses!’, Jonathan PiePapering over Poverty’, Angela Davis – interview 1972 – talking about revolution, Lowkey – ‘This is Criminal’, The JamThe planner’s dream went wrong’.

*The episode title is from the Jonathan Pie video ‘Papering over Poverty’, which is featured on the episode.

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On this episode we have some back-up from scholarly sources, as well as from Adam Cardilini, who is a scientist, animal advocate and co-host of Vegansci podcast. He discusses some listener feedback on episode 156, covering topics such as new animal-free alternatives, capitalism, effective animal activism, the methodology of the former vegetarian and vegan study by Faunalytics, veganism and B12, using a Fox News level of objectivity and finding the magical vegan dumpling.

We also have a brief discussion about the Invasion Day rally in Melbourne. You can listen to our audio recordings of all of the talks from that event here.

In the second half of the episode we ask Adam some further questions about his talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’, which we played on episode 156. These questions are on issues such as lab-grown meat, GMOs, technology and the vegan movement. You can listen to the Q and A after Adam’s talk here.

Katie and Nick finish up the episode with a discussion on mental health medication, animal testing and veganism. For more on this topic, check out Katie’s ICAS talk (which we played on episode 131) and for more on mental health medication generally, listen in to our 92nd episode.

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Clips:

Adam Ruins Everything ‘Adam Ruins Forensic Science’ – short version, full version, Rise AgainstThe First Drop’, Camp CopeStove Lighter’.

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We are again joined by politics professor Jason Brownlee. This is a continuation of our discussion with Jason from last episode (#142), where he introduced Peter Singer’s work on effective altruism and discussed some of the positive aspects. On this episode Jason discusses some critiques of Singer’s effective altruism, focusing mainly on a failure to address the structural causes of poverty, such as capitalism and neoliberal institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

Chumbawamba

*Image from Chumbawamba’s album ‘First 2’ – see ‘Clips’ below for a link to buy this album.

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Clips:

That Mitchell and Webb Sound, Series 1 ‘Just 3 Pounds a Month’, Chumbawamba ‘Invasion’, ‘How to get your Band on Television’ and ‘More Whitewashing’ – all from the album First 2, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott ‘When I Get Back to Blighty’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Jason on critiques of effective altruism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.