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Veganarchism by Nick Pendergrast

You can listen to the audio of the whole talk and Q and A following the talk here:

In the recording mentioned above, slide 9 was skipped due to time constraints but we discussed this slide on episode 134 of Progressive Podcast Australia, which also featured the entire talk:

This talk draws on existing research, as well as Nick's research and experiences as a vegan activist and anarchist, to explore the links between veganism and anarchism.

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Veganarchism by Nick Pendergrast

  2. 2. ANARCHISM • Very broad – my interpretation. • Anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian. • ‘Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, or harmful.’ • ‘Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates stateless societies often defined as self- governed voluntary institutions, but that several authors have defined as more specific institutions based on non-hierarchical free associations. ’ • Rejection of hierarchy.
  3. 3. VEGANISM • 1944. • 1951.
  4. 4. SOME INITIAL LINKS • Rejecting hierarchy. • Individual solutions. • #NotAllSocialists. • Creating a new world in the shell of the old (IWW, Graeber).
  6. 6. VEGANISM AND CONSUMERISM • Society can be shaped by the consumer’s economic vote – political act. • Access eg socioeconomic status. • Functions within and supports capitalism. If I hear the "consumers have all the power, vote with your dollar" line again, I'll scream!
  7. 7. STRUCTURE, AGENCY AND VEGANISM GARY FRANCIONE • Individuals create the demand for animal products. • Individuals becoming vegan = reduce the demand. ANTHONY NOCELLA • Corporations create the demand for animal products. • Capitalism produces inequalities = socio-economic barriers to veganism. Agency Structure Followed on Twitter by @VeganCapitalist
  8. 8. ANIMAL PHILOSOPHIES AND ANARCHISM Statist, Accepts Hierarchies Anarchist, Rejects Hierarchies Animal welfare Animal rights Eco-feminism, Feminist ethics Of care Animal liberation
  9. 9. HOW TO MAKE VEGAN ADVOCACY MORE ANARCHIST • Broader definition of veganism – rejecting human supremacy. • Rejection of all hierarchy – intersectionality. • Situate animal (and human) oppression within capitalism. • Question the effectiveness of state solutions eg animal rights (pattrice jones).
  10. 10. HOW TO MAKE ANARCHIST ADVOCACY MORE VEGAN • More vegans in anarchist spaces/advocacy. • Situating veganism within an anti-oppression, anti-hierarchical framework. • Genuine intersectionality.
  11. 11. SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION •– episode 54.