- The Importance of Straightedge –
Part of having a revolutionary mentality means we examine our beliefs and actions and then discard those which don’t fit in the world in which we want to live. We first make this change in ourselves and then initiate that change in the world around us.
I want to live in a world where the Earth and Animals get to live and flourish. I want to live in a world without racism. I want to live in a world where our mothers and sisters are not preyed upon in the streets or in their homes. I want to live in a world that has respect for all innocent life, and I want to live in a world without the self-destruction and diminished capacity of inebriation.
To that end I am Straightedge. This means that I have taken a lifelong oath to abstain from recreational drug use. It further means that I have vowed to try to make this world a more peaceful and just place by standing against oppression, slavery and death, whether self-inflicted or otherwise. It is this stand that makes me Straightedge and not merely drug-free. It is a difficult oath to live up to and should not be undertaken by those that are not 100% sure that they can live up to it. Continue reading
Supreme Vegan Power
by Walter Bond
Consumerism truly has affected our ethics and the ways in which we behave. Even many that think themselves progressive, liberal or fire-breathing anarchists. We are taught by advertisers to think in terms of profitability instead of principle. For instance, when it comes to Veganism many people I have met like to debate its validity of effectiveness as a tactic. And no doubt I understand the validity of many of those critiques. As I have written more than once, “For every one of us that go vegan, 100,000 kids get weaned into flesh as food.” That being said, Veganism is still an important first step and moral imperative. From a theoretical standpoint, if everyone did adhere to Veganism all these disgusting and evil animal enterprises wouldn’t even exist. This is what Bertrand Russell calls a “universal truth” in his book, “Why I am not a Christian.” He says, “If you can take a behavior and extend it infinitely [in a social context] and it is still good for all, then that behavior is a universal truth.” From a fundamental standpoint, it is morally wrong to use the dead bodies and by-products of the slavery of any being that has an interest in freedom or desire to live free of pain and suffering. The circumstances under which you use them do not matter. Continue reading
WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
6/25/2013 2:40:01 PM
The Cruelty of Industrial Technology
There is no brutality as wicked as systematic cruelty, and systematic cruelty only becomes widespread by aid of technology. When I was a young man before and leading up to my Vegan awakening I built slaughterhouses. Industrial plumbing, welding. structural steel and machine installation were my daily routines. One of those machines was called ‘the beater’. The beater is a 10′x10′ stainless steel monster. It is one in a series of machines set in a row and dedicated night and day to the disembodying process of hogs.
After a 500 pound hog has had his or her throat cut and been hung upside down to bleed to death, he or she then gets disemboweled by a series of slaughterhouse workers evenly dispersed along the kill floor. After disembowelment is complete all organs are sent to another area of the kill floor via stainless steel trays rolling on a conveyor belt. The next part of the process is what’s called the ‘hog bath’ (which I also installed). The hog bath is a 50 foot scalding hot tubular bathtub that the hog carcasses go through mainly to slacken the skin to be peeled, salted and stacked. But before that happens, the now dead and hollow remains of a once living and feeling being must go through ‘the beater’.
The inside of the beater is similar in design to a car wash except the rollers all stand vertically and are on immobile swing arms. There are four spindles on each side and each spindle contains five, six foot metal lengths, each six inches wide and known as ‘strapping’. Every six inches on center running the length of the strapping is a bolt. Around each bolt is a large nylon rope with a loop and two knots that hang out of the strapping approximately 18 inches. When the machine is operational the spindles whirl with incredible torque and the nylon knots beat the hair of the hogs dead and softened skin. Continue reading
WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
6/4/2013 8:25:09 AM
Solidarity And Liberation
From behind fences and razor wire, from behind concrete walls and steel bars, from deep within the United States Penitentiary of Marion, from the CMU unit, from this counter-terrorism prison unit for political prisoners, I send revolutionary greetings to all Straight Edge, Vegan and Anarchist Comrades where ever you may be. From the confines of this dungeon of gray concrete I send a message of solidarity and hope to all the sisters and brothers worldwide, in hopes that all our causes for liberation will one day coalesce into the realization of Total Liberation. Just as the rivers all lead to the ocean, so too will the movements for Human, Earth and Animal Liberation pool into a far larger initiative.
Today’s world is one of apathy and lethargy; that is to say, we live in a society that breeds defeatism and wants us to feel disempowered by bureaucracy, consumerism and disinformation., while simultaneously distracting us with the bread and circus of media, entertainment, addictions and neurosis. Many are the people that sabotage their own efforts at activism with negativity, over-sensitivity and fear. The problem is not one of ‘the activist mentality’ as much as it is a problem of legislation over Liberation.
In other words, you don’t attain true freedom from tyranny and injustice on behalf of yourself or others by begging those institutions that are the cause of injustice and oppression. And we don’t advance the cause of Liberation by picking each other apart. Being ready to blackball and character assassinate those that have trivial differences in theoretics or ideology is divisive. The true bane of our existences are the state, government, prison, police and corporations that kill, enslave and corrupt. Continue reading
WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
4/15/2013 10:03:10 AM
Back To The Primitive
Civilization is complex. It invades our social interactions, biases our desires and separates us from the natural world. Industrial civilization and high technology exacerbate the divisions and deep separations still further. Industry, consumption, and production are the bane of the environment, the destroyer of forests, the reason for untold neurosis and fosters the same mind frame of disassociation that allowed Nazis to run death camps by day and be family men at night (or allows animal researchers to vivisect animals to death and then go home and pet their cat).
Of course, the irony of contradiction is not wasted on me. For, as I assert that civilization is the destroyer of lives, polluter of the Earth and divider of labor. I am typing these words on a computer, in a building, with glasses on my face, noting the time on my wrist watch and speaking in an advanced dialect of a civilized language. Does this make such critiques invalid? I don’t think so.
All too often we are taught to internalize all that is destructive in this world. It is not my fault that I must use the tools of civilization to dismantle civilization. And this is no more contradictory than the abolitionists of yesteryear that utilized roads built by slavery to pipeline those same liberated blacks to freedom. Or the fact that many animal rights ‘activists’ and environmentalists will fly across the country or planet, not to save an animal or tree but to network with other humans at conventions and talk about animals and trees in the abstract. Continue reading
WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
4/3/2013 9:50:28 AM
xVx What It Means To Me xVx
Drug and alcohol use is a waste of time, energy and life. Drug and Alcohol Abuse leads to habituation and addiction which is the antithesis of liberation. Most serious revolutionary groups and individuals of the past had provisions or stipulations against the consumption of intoxicants. Groups such as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and the American Indian Movement are two shining examples of this. Malcolm X once said “Every time you break the seal on a liquor bottle that’s a government seal you are breaking.” How right he was.
Drugs and drink have been a tool of governments to decimate native cultures and racially eradicate them. In short it has been a very effective tool of genocide. Knowingly and intentionally. Hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine have been used to pacify nearly any movement the government views as subversive. The large and worldwide production of the illegal drug trade works hand in glove with law enforcement, state and government authorities and police more than many people care to realize.
The legal industrial drug complex cranks drugs out as quickly as they can be dreamed up by mad scientists and greedy producers for everything from depression and anxiety to toe nail fungus and limp dick, with absolutely no way of knowing long term side effects to their consumers or their genetic effects on the next generation. The industrial drug complex ensures that those that resist the addictions from illegal street drugs and the liquor bottle will eventually succumb to the doctor, bought and paid for by Astra Zeneca. Continue reading
Instead of keeping my legal work on the shelf in my cell, I decided that it might be of interest. Having been through the court system a few times I take for granted that others might find interesting some of the processes involved. Enclosed is my plea agreement from the federal court in Colorado. As with any plea agreement I have signed, this one is a “no-cooperation” deal, meaning that I refused to cooperate with the federal government in this or any other case.
You will also see enclosed the motion for upward departure. In Utah, the prosecutor did not feel that the maximum amount of time was sufficient and put this argument to the judge. The judge denied this motion, which is good for me, because if he hadn’t I would now be serving 25 years in prison instead of 12. This is what was being held over my head in court as pressure to not make another defiant court statement. Although I was a nervous wreck, I still spoke out. I got a laugh out of the U.S. Attorney’s statement in the upward departure motion that I’m “basking in the afterglow of my arsons.” If I was half as badass as he makes me appear, I would be twice as badass as I’ve ever been. The upward departure motion is also a good indicator of the vexation that the government has not only for me, but also Earth and Animal Liberation in general.
Also you will see a brief explanation of why I was immediately segregated on the CMU (Communications Management Unit) directly from county jail. To this day, I have not been allowed one moment in the general population.
And lastly is a motion I filed in county jail in Utah to get decent food. I had to hunger strike to even get a vegetarian tray. The staff in Davis County had an obvious contempt for Vegan Straightedge.
Of course, as with any court document, there are embellishments, half-truths and lies. But it is also a rare glimpse into the government’s ongoing war against Nature, Animals and those that resist their desecration.
Walter Continue reading