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Common Struggle

An Anti-Civilization Mythology: A Review of Lierre Keith’s "The Vegetarian Myth"

I understand completely why someone might want to write a book about the “myths” of vegetarianism. We live in a world where capitalism has this amazing ability to co-opt anything and everything (you’ve almost got to admire what a good job capitalism does at that). “Green” capitalism is a case in point. Even radicals may have a hard time resisting the pull of green capitalism, though perhaps by accident. For vegans and/or vegetarians (heretofore referred to as “veg*ans”) who use their diets as a radical act, if they are promoting what to eat or not eat, buy or not buy, then there is really no way to avoid advocating for a different way of consuming—something capitalists can make loads of profit off. In addition, it’s easy to critique the idealism that some veg*ans hold: that, by way of their diet, they are not engaging in the hurting or killing of any animals, nor hurting the earth for the most part. This is of course obviously not true. Another easy critique to have of veg*ans is of their often-claimed belief that we can change the world by our diets alone; a silly idea, at best.

Panels on Anarchism at the Left Forum

The Left Forum (formerly the Socialist Scholars Conference) will be held on March 18, 19, & 20. It will be at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, Manhattan, opposite City Hall Park. It costs to enter, but they have a sliding scale and they say that no one is turned away for being unemployed, etc.

ANARCHIST PANELS:

  • The Crisis, the Fightback, and Solidarity, from Anarchist and Marxist Perspectives
  • What's unique about anarchist solidarity?
  • Anarchism and Its Aspirations: Discussing Social Anarchism in the Current Moment

Freedom #8


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The Revolution in North Africa is Shaking the World!

The revolutionary change sweeping North Africa and the Arab world offers great hope for the workers and oppressed people of the Earth. The demands for democracy and a decent life are shared by millions, if not billions, of people. At the same time the world’s capitalists stand exposed, out of touch and terrified by the movement they are witnessing.

American Renaissance conference smashed- Again!

The weekend of February 4th-6th 2011, the white nationalists of American Renaissance tried to resurrect their destroyed conference of 2010, this time trying Charlotte NC instead of their usual metro DC conference. NEFAC joined on to a coalition spearheaded by One People's Project and the Southern Anti-Racism Network to make sure that the AmRen conference didn't happen smoothly. And it didn't. AmRen 2011 was cancelled. And in its place, Charlotte had a forum on combatting white supremacy.

Interview with a Tahrir Square Revolutionary

NEFAC's International Secretary briefly interviewed Asser, a participant in the Egyptian uprising and witness to the Baltagayyah attacks on the Tahrir Square demonstrations.

Pittsburgh rallies to support locked-out Steel Workers

Pittsburgh rallies to support locked-out Steel Workers of Local 1005 of Hamilton, Ontario.

On Jan. 29th, 2011, at 1pm, two cities showed that workers' solidarity
cannot be confined by national borders. While the steel workers of
Ontario's Local 1005 and thousands of their supporters held a march and
rally to protest US Steel for locking them out of their jobs, their fellow
workers and allies held a protest at the US Steel Headquarters in
Pittsburgh, PA.

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