Posts Tagged ‘Ethical superannuation’

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This episode features the panel discussion ‘Anarchist Perspectives on Rojava, Kurdistan’. The speakers are:

  • Alasdair Hynd, a PhD student of revolutionary movements in the Middle East, specialising in the Arab Spring and the Kurdish struggle.
  • Zerebar Karimi, a Kurdish-Australian trade union organiser based in Adelaide, local and overseas agitator for a stateless society in Rojava.
  • David K (facilitating), Melbourne-based anarchist, author of ‘Anarchism in Istanbul’ and ‘Yabanci Capulling – an Australian anarchist in Gezi Riots’.

 

We play the rest of this discussion next episode #183. It was recorded at the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair. Nick spoke at this event with Jess Ison on Anarchism and Animal Liberation – you can listen to this talk here. Nick also attended the session ‘What Would an Anarchist Society Look Like?’ – pics from this session are below.

We finish the episode with some listener feedback on anarchism and disability (check out our episode on the related topic of anarchism and welfare), an update on our episode on ethical superannuation and mention the Blackish episode on the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Clips:

NOFXThe Marxist Brothers’, Panel discussion ‘Anarchist Perspectives on Rojava, Kurdistan’, Bad Cop, Bad CopWomanarchist’.

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You can listen to this episode above and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (43mins, 34MB).

Nick is joined by environmental activist Mark Allen to discuss ethical Superannuation funds such as Cruelty Free Super. While these ethical Super funds are generally significantly better than “standard” Super funds and are worth switching to, we need to look critically into where they invest their money. For example, often there is just “one degree of separation”: while ethical Super funds don’t directly invest in fossil fuels (or animal exploitation as well in the case of Cruelty Free Super), they invest in companies who promote urban sprawl, which leads to harm to the environment and animals.

We also discuss the importance of divesting from unethical companies but the need to do more than just divest. Activists encouraging people to divest need to also push people to do more. On this topic, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’ is quite relevant – we discussed this on episode 118.

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Clips:

Ouch My FaceEaten by buildings’, Marianne FaithfullGreen Fields (Last Song)’.