Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Vegan punk bands

I'm not a member of a vegan punk band, that's Propagandhi's turf. I've never really liked punk either, but maybe punk is good because you can "rage" vicariously through someone else's rage. In this case, rage over factory farming.

These songs are off the 1996 Less talk, more rock album.


Some of my otherwise brilliant and productive friends (like scoundrels and their flags) take final refuge in character assainations; they ignore the issue and deny the relation between our consumption and brutality. So you can go ahead and roll your eyes and marginalize me/socially penalize me: play on my insecurities. And you can feign ignorance, but you're not stupid, you're just selfish. And you're a slave to your impulse. And I kinda thought we all shared common threads in that we gravitated here to challenge the conventions we've been fed by a culture that treats (living, breathing, feeling) creatures like (biological) machines. And if you buy that shit then how long 'till it's me who serves as your commodity? Through (for example), institutionalized violence and opression of workers and women raped by sexism (and how about native americans?). Do you still insist on feigning indignance (aka: indignation) to reason? To collective self-interest? Tell you what- I'll call you on your shit, PLEASE CALL ME ON MINE. Then we can grow together and make this shit-hole planet better in time. So why not consider someone else: STOP CONSUMING ANIMALS.

I speak outside what is recognized as the border between "reason" and "insanity". But I consider it a measure of my humanity to be written off by the living graves of a billion murdered lives. And I'm not ashamed of my recurring dreams about me and a gun and a different species (hint: starts with "h" and rhymes with "Neuman's") of carnage strewn about the stockyards, the factories and farms. Still I know as well as anyone that it does less good than harm to be this honest with a conscience eased by lies. But you cannot deny that meat is still murder. Dairy is still rape. And I'm still as stupid as anyone, but I know my mistakes. I have recognized one form of oppression, now I recognize the rest. And life's too short to make another's shorter-(animal liberation now!).


Wiebke said...

hi - did i ever respond to your comment on my blog? yes, i work at urban herbivore on augusta and oxford. pop by. my off days are tuesday and sunday at the moment.
oooooooooooh, propagandhi. i just love those guys. they are actually one of the reasons why i am vegan.

selsine said...

Good olde propagandhi! Man they really do rule, one of the reasons that I'm a vegetarian actually.