WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
7/14/2016 11:42:39 AM
Here It Is
Anthony Nocella– Hello Walter it is great talking to you and getting to know your life story and complex politics beyond Animal Rights and Environmentalism. It’s a breath of fresh air when someone that is Vegan and involved in Animal Rights does not need to talk about those issues 24/7, but can speak to other injustices as well. what would you say are some of the other issues that you are deeply concerned and care about and why?
WB– More and more, I find the problems of technologically advanced civilization to be at the root of most of the injustices and oppressions we face today, including those against Animals and the Earth. It’s not something that most people currently recognize because we are so saturated with it’s effects that it has become completely ambient in our culture. But the fact is that whether we are looking at the prison industrial complex, Animal farming, oil and coal production or police brutality etc. we are talking about oppressions that are only as methodically capable as technology can provide. Prison for example employs the latest in surveillance, confinement architecture and design, depravation and punishment, it really would not be feasible to keep millions of people incarcerated otherwise. Just as the slaughterhouse industry and so-called Animal research industry employs everything from genetic engineering to the thumbscrew and rack.
Technology creates a capacity, and without absolving those capacities they will always become used. just like a canal. you can stop the water flow making the canal of no effect, and it sits there doing nothing, however it’s capacity is not diminished, once water is applied it is directed in exactly the same way.
The same can be said for all technology. Every new innovation opens up a Pandora’s’ box of unforeseeable capacities, some good and some bad, but most wholly unforeseeable and seemingly unstoppable once employed. today everyone is wrapped up in combating or protesting the effects but not the cause. not the capacity. And it’s not a political problem, that is to say that politics won’t solve it, only the collapse of industrial civilization will restore the balance. not capitalism, socialism, anarchism or any other futile, jargon laden, political ideology invented by a bunch of dead white guys with overheated brains.
A much more personal injustice that I am attached to outside of Animal rights is the struggles against racism and for the restoration of people of color. as well as those below the poverty line. Continue reading