When I got my hands on Propagandhi’s “Less Talk, More Rock” in the mid 90s, I went to the library and got pretty much every book listed in the “recommended reading” section of the liner notes, by authors like Emma Goldman and Noam Chomsky. That band has had a huge influence on my life and my politics, so I was excited to sit down with Chris Hannah and Derek Hogue recently for their new podcast called Escape Velocity.
The first half of the program looks at the recent debates around Black Bloc tactics, and is probably the most rational, sharp discussion I’ve heard on the topic. If you’re not familiar with the term, a “Black Bloc” is a group of people, usually at mass protests, wearing all black and taking part in direct action, whether that’s street blockades, destruction of corporate property, or street fights with police. Black Bloc tactics have been a controversial topic in the U.S. since the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, and the debate has resurfaced due to their prominence in Oakland and a public condemnation by author Chris Hedges.
The rest of the show is an interview with me about Green Is the New Red, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, the Earth Liberation Front, and how corporations have turned activists into “terrorists.”
I hope you’ll check out the full program. Folks have been leaving some nice feedback about it on Escape Velocity website.