Is Bart Simpson an Anarchist? – Audio

This years Bristol Anarchist Bookfair was another great day. I facilitated the first panel discussion of the day titled “Is Bart Simpson an Anarchist?”. People were not up for talking much, nor was I, hence all the ums.

Though only a few people spoke, seven in total from a room of 22 people, there were some interesting points and hopefully it will lead to more debate. A visual count suggested around 20 men and 2 women so that wasn’t great. But some good and interesting points were made by those who spoke. It’s definitely a start of having this discussion and progressing it in the future.

Please have a listen and add your comments and thoughts on the role of Work and Money within anarchism at the bottom. I’d like to get more points of view.

Contributions without the microphone were cut and they couldn’t be heard on the recording. Sorry of the buzz and echo its a really bad room for sound.

Listen to the Audio of the discussion here – https://soundcloud.com/bod-andrage/bookfairtalk2014-simpsonBristolAnarchistBookfair-Bart

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Guns Don’t Kill People – But It Helps!

On gun control, mental health & society

 

After the recent killings the social networking universe has of course of late been full of calls for tighter gun control in the USA. Apart from the standard “but it’s our right” argument, another take has been those calling for better mental health care. This of course has led the reactionary attacks from those who say there is no link between gun crime and mental health.

 

This is true, there is no clear link according to my admittedly quick scan through the abstracts of some peer reviewed papers on the subject. On the other hand we all know statistics and “scientific reviews” often aren’t worth the paper they are written on.

 

I do agree with calls for tighter gun control, the USA has pretty slack gun laws and also has a ridiculous number of gun-related deaths.

Is everyone who shoots someone dead suffering from mental health problems? Absolutely not. Is everyone who goes on a killing spree in a junior school or cinema suffering from mental health problems? Well, you’ve got to wonder.

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Nah-ah, I Called You Out First!

A couple of weeks ago I got challeneged on using a supposed “sexist” term. For the record I still maintain the term was not really sexist but hey, someone called me out on it, that’s their opinion and that is that. The issue I had was not that I was called out, but the accusatory and confrontational tone in which it was done. (I paraphrase) “What the fuck man, that’s so sexist, you can’t say that, you’re a sexist…”. This tone immediately got my back up and oddly the discussion ended with me challenging them on how they called me out. (I again paraphrase) “Dude, I appreciate that you let me know that this term was seen as incorrect, but don’t ever jump down my throat calling me sexist again, check yourself please.”

So this got me thinking a little about how you would go about calling someone out, how you would phrase it and how you would handle the situation if you were the one being called out. Continue reading