Yeah Nah Pasaran! #143 w Dr April Anson on Ecofascism : December 1, 2022

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Dr April Anson [Twitter]. April is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University, and (as part of the Anti-Creep Climate Initiative) the co-author of Against the Ecofascist Creep:

Sometimes we wish we could solve the world’s problems with a *snap* of our fingers, even though we know it’s never that simple: compound problems require compound solutions. Still, accelerating climate crisis and the unwillingness of global leaders to take meaningful climate action can breed nihilism – likely we’ve all witnessed it in students, colleagues, family members, and even ourselves. With such nihilism, though, sometimes comes a notion that mass violence could be a viable environmental solution. This specter of ecofascism looms in pop-cultural imaginations as a malevolent threat for some and a tantalizing fantasy for others.

We spoke to April about the relationship between ecological and fascist thought, colonialism and political crisis, and more besides.

See also : “Master Metaphor”: Environmental Apocalypse and the Settler States of Emergency, April Anson, Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities, Vol.8, No.1, 2020 | Ecofascism – are far-right extremists the new environmentalists?, Science Friction, ABC Radio National, July 29, 2022.

4.30pm, Thursday, December 1, 2022 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #142 w Meghan Tinsley on War & Memory : November 24, 2022

Lest We Forget …

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Dr Meghan Tinsley [Mastodon / Twitter]. Meghan is the author of Commemorating Muslims in the First World War Centenary: Making Melancholia (Routledge, 2022) and the Presidential Fellow in Ethnicity and Inequalities at the University of Manchester. We talked to Meghan about her book, war, nationalism, narrative and memory.

See also : Statues, street names, and contested memory, Meghan Tinsley, Red Pepper, February 10, 2021.

4.30pm, Thursday, November 24, 2022 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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• I’ve been absent from the show these last few weeks, which have comprised interviews with Dylan Reeve on Fake Believe (November 3, 2022), Dr Steph Reist on Post-Bolsonaro Brazil (November 10, 2022) and Dr Sarah Riccardi-Swartz on ROCOR & Appalachia (November 17, 2022).

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2022 Victorian state election : Left and Right

I asked a mexican who
ran a bar for americans “who won”
I said “the election?” he laughed and I felt
like a gringo

It’s that time again!

Leaving aside The Usual Suspects (Labor, Liberal/Nationals and Greens), you can find a ‘highly-simplified’ guide to the minor and micro-parties contesting the 2022 Victorian state election here.

Otherwise:

Communisms

Last time, I wrote 2018 Victorian state election : far right (and left) candidates and 2018 Victorian state election : Left / Right : Results!.

There’s been some slight settling of contents since then, with the departure in May 2020 of the Socialist Alliance (SAll) from the Victorian Socialists (VS). As a result, SAll will be running independently of VS, in the following seats: Arie Huybregts in Broadmeadows (where Huybregts will be pitted against Omar Hassan of VS), Angela Carr in Geelong, Sarah Hathway in Lara and Sue Bolton in Pascoe Vale (where Sue will be facing off with Madaleine Hah of VS). Because SAll is unregistered in Victoria, they all appear as independents on the ballot.

VS, on the other hand, is fielding 22 candidates for Lower House seats in northern and western Melbourne, and is also contesting each of the eight regions in the Upper House — which, notwithstanding SAll’s withdrawal, is a considerable increase on 2018’s effort. Back then, VS got close to winning a seat in the Upper House in the Northern Metropolitan region and fared reasonably well in a number of other Lower House seats (though naturally came nowhere close to winning one). The party seems bullish on its chances of picking up at least one seat in the bourgeois parliament this time around, and it would be quite remarkable if it succeeded in doing so. Much, however, would seem to depend on preference flows in Northern Metropolitan. Certainly, their results can no longer be compared to those of wealthy Perth gadabout Debbie Robinson’s vanity projekt ‘Australian Liberty Alliance’ (2015–2019) which, after having briefly assumed working-class drag as ‘Yellow Vests Australia’, finally collapsed in an ignominious heap in mid-2020.

• Oh. I should also add that, having contested the seat of Albert Park in 2018, in 2022 Dr Joseph Toscano has set his sights on Mulgrave, where he’s one of 13 rivals to #DictatorDan; also of relevance is the Legalise Cannabis Party.

See also : Victorian Socialists – for real change, look beyond the ballot box, Black Flag Sydney, November 17, 2022.

Freedumbs

On the freedumb-loving right there’s a plethora of candidates, running both as members of political parties and as independents. You could even say the voter is being offered an embarrassment of riches in this regard. Hence, in addition to:–

• Angry Victorians Party (The Party formerly known as The Australian Values Party)
• Freedom Party of Victoria
• Health Australia Party
• Liberal Democrats
• Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party
• Restore Democracy Sack Dan Andrews Party
• United Australia Party

— Riccardo Bosi (AKA ‘AustraliaOne Party’) has endorsed James Laurie in Bendigo East, Darren Bergwerf in Frankston, Sonia Brymer in Mildura, Craig Cole in Monbulk, Dominique Murphy in Oakleigh and Denes Borsos in Polwarth.

While the above have their differences, all are either competing for the angry, disgruntled Tory; the upset Laborite; and/or the determined anti-vaXXer/‘Hang Dan Andrews!’ vote: or what political scientists have dubbed the cooker vote. This segment is (to some, seemingly increasing extent) also being appealed to by the Tories, with a recent advertising campaign portraying Lobster Guy’s mob as a true fren of the angwy lockdown protester of yesteryear. As a further nod to the right-wing loon voting public, ‘The Victorian Liberal Party has preferenced Labor behind a woman who publicly called for Premier Daniel Andrews to be hanged, in a Melbourne upper-house seat’ … which is, ah, pretty mean? The Tories are also being challenged in several seats by liberal independents, often called ‘teals’, including Sophie Torney in Kew, Melissa Lowe in Hawthorn and Kate Lardner in Mornington.

By the same token, Dictator Dan has to contend with several ex-Labor hacks. This includes Kaushaliya Vaghela, MLC for the Western Metropolitan Region, the first Indian-born MP to be elected to the Victorian Parliament and now (October 2022) leader of something called the ‘New Democrats’. ND is contesting 10 Lower House seats and all 8 regions in the Upper. Meanwhile Adem Somyurek, the ‘Member for South-Eastern Metropolitan Region, author, former faceless man, drainer of Dan’s swamp, only verified clean MP in Australia’ is — after briefly seeming to have abandoned his comfy seat in parliament — now trying to retain it as a ‘Democratic Labor’ man.

Sadly, it appears that the one, solitary, lonesome candidate Dr Jim Saleam’s ‘Australia First Party’ ran in 2018 has been reduced to zero. (Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated was deregistered as a federal party in January but it remains registered in NSW for local council elections.)

• Finally, the Group Voting Ticket (GVT) system that operates in Victoria has provided fun and profit to many over the years, especially to cheeky buggers like Glenn Druery. Serious commentators like Antony Green, on the other hand, think it’s rotten, mostly because the results don’t accurately reflect voters’ intentions. In 2022, Ben Raue reckons it’s a story of three blocs: a loose alliance of minor parties engineered by Druery, ‘a smaller left bloc of parties who have preferenced each other and the ALP and Greens, and another bloc of parties on the right who have preferenced the Coalition highly and seem to have only engaged in more simple preference swaps’.

See also : Leaked video shows Glenn Druery bragging of working with CFMEU to help Labor hobble Greens, Benita Kolovos and Adeshola Ore, The Guardian, November 17, 2022 | The Tally Room on Victoria 2022 and The Poll Bludger on Victorian Election 2022.

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I’m on Mastodon maybe

FTR:

Mastodon

See also : Elephant Editions.

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Catalyst Social Centre Weekend of Connection & Resistance (NOV 11–13, 2022)


The recently-opened Catalyst Social Centre (144–146 Sydney Road, Coburg) is hosting a festival this weekend. Organised by the The Cafe Collective it’s a free 3 day festival of connection and resistance over the weekend of 11-13 of November. The program inludes workshops, talks, film screenings, music, games, food, stalls and more.

For more details, please see : Catalyst Festival – Weekend of Connection & Resistance.

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anarchist notes (Samhain, 2022)

• This Sunday, November 5 at Victorian Trades Hall, Anarchist Events Victoria has organised some ‘Summer Seminars’, consisting of presentations by several speakers, including:

10.30am : ‘Australia is a Crime Scene’ with Robert Thorpe
12 noon : ‘COVID, Convoys & Constitutional Recognition: How Australia Cooked It’ with Roxley Foley
1.30pm : ‘Decolonising Solidarity’ with Clare Land
3.00pm : ‘Workplace Organising Basics’ with Dave Fregon
4.30pm : ‘Spanish Anarchists in Australia’ with Vicente Ruiz (hijo)

Entry is free/by donation. For more infos, please see Summer Seminars 2022.

• Anarchist historian/historian of anarchism Spencer Beswick recently published a presentation on ‘Prefiguration or Dual Power? Infoshops and Revolutionary Anarchism in the 1990s’ which is interesting (and to which I may add some thoughts in response in the near-future, who knows?).

• Lula has narrowly defeated Jair Bolsonaro in the election for President of Brazil. You can read a recent ‘Interview with a Brazilian Anarchist on Lula, Bolsonaro, and Social Struggle’ here.

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! Best Radio Program — Talks @ CBAA 2022

Yeah Nah Pasaran! [Facebook] got a gong at the annual Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Awards for Best Radio Program — Talks.

Thank you to 3CR, CBAA, our fellow nominees, listeners, supporters and guests:

12 Rules For What • Sara Aniano • Marc-André Argentino • Van Badham • Stephanie Alex Baker • Emmi Bevensee • Vincent Bevins • Brooke Binkowski • Sophie Bjork-James • Ariel Bogle • Joan Braune • Mark Bray • David Broder • Ryan Broderick • Beatriz Buarque • Shane Burley • Andy Campbell • Byron Clark • Michael Colborne • Blyth Crawford • Jessie Daniels • Seyward Darby • Zvi Dav • M R X Dentith • Alex DiBranco • The Empire Never Ended • Maik Fielitz • Benjamin Fogel • Vashti Fox • Caterina Froio • Hannah Gais • Terri Givens • Priyamvada Gopal • Emily Gorcenski • Julie Gottlieb • Heron Greenesmith • Daphne Halikiopoulou • Steph Halmhofer • Elle Hardy • Abner Hauge • Patrik Hermansson • Sarah Hightower • Alexander Hinton • Robert Horvath • The Humanism Project • Bjørn Ihler • Nina Jankowicz • Greta Jasser • Laura Jedeed • Bethany Johnson • Max Kaiser • Anastasia Kanjere • Shalini Kantayya • Annie Kelly • Megan Kelly • Lydia Khalil • Ashton Kingdon • Samantha Kutner • Talia Lavin • Eviane Leidig • Natasha Lennard • Alana Lentin • Becca Lewis • Graham Macklin • Shannon Foley Martinez • Christopher Mathias • Ashley Mattheis • Haley McEwan • Richard McNeil-Willson • Jordan McSwiney • Charlotte Mears • Anna Meier • Alex Mendela • Steven Monacelli • Amanda Moore • Cristina Moreno-Almeida • Cas Mudde • Joe Mulhall • David Neiwert • Pam Nilan • Andre Obeler • Jock Palfreeman • Paparoa • Antti Rautiainen • Shannon E. Reid • Stephanie Reist • Matthew Remski • Anke Richter • Amanda Rogers • Alexander Reid Ross • Kaz Ross • Mike Rothschild • Shuddhabrata Sengupta • Evan Smith • Jeff Sparrow • Megan Squire • Hampton Stall • Katherine Stewart • Spencer Sunshine • Emily Tamkin • Tom Tanuki • Cat Tebaldi • Elise Thomas • Sahana Udupa • H.E. Upchurch • Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia • Sabine Volk • Stanislav Vysotsky • Gregor Wakounig • Kelly Weill • Mette Wiggen • Cameron Wilson • Jason Wilson

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #138 w Anna A. Meier on Counter-Terrorism & The State : October 27, 2022

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Anna A. Meier [Twitter]. Anna is an assistant professor in The School of Politics & International Relations at Nottingham University and among other thing researches institutional responses to white supremacist violence. Her recent publications include ‘Terror as justice, justice as terror: counterterrorism and anti-Black racism in the United States’, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol.15, No.1 (Critical Approaches to Extreme Right Wing Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism). We spoke to Anna about counter-/terrorism, right-wing terrorism, white supremacy and more.

4.30pm, Thursday, October 27, 2022 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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See also : Gianfranco Sanguinetti, ‘On Terrorism and the State’ (1979; translated by Bill Brown, 2014).

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #137 w Gregor Wakounig on anti-fascism in Japan : October 20, 2022

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Gregor Wakounig [Twitter]. Gregor is a freelance journalist who has written for Jungle World and kaz and maintains a blog called Zatsudan. We spoke to Gregor about anti-fascism in Japan, both historical and contemporary, its relationship to the left, and some of the tensions which characterise the present movement.

See also : Throw Out Your Books (an online portal by William Andrews about Japanese radicalism, counterculture and protest movements) | Matthew Dagher-Margosian : Interview: Translator Nami Nanami & The Organizer of Tokyo’s Anti-Police Protests, Asia Art Tours, June 23, 2020 : Fascists F*ck Off ! Researcher Gregor Wakounig on Japan’s ANTIFA history and fighting Racism in Japan, The Arts of Travel, June 29, 2020 | How Fukushima gave rise to a new anti-racism movement, Vivian Shaw, Al Jazeera, March 12, 2017.

4.30pm, Thursday, October 20, 2022 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #136 w Jason Wilson on Mid-Term America : October 13, 2022

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to our semi-regular Yanqui correspondent Jason Wilson [Twitter]. We last spoke to Jason in May; since then, Mr Wilson has published several articles via the Southern Poverty Law Center, including ‘Unite the Right’ 5 Years Later: Where Are They Now? (with Michael Edison Hayden, Hannah Gais, Cassie Miller and Megan Squire, August 11, 2022) and Patriot Front Replaces Lawyer of Choice With Extremist (with Jeff Tischauser, September 9, 2022).

See also : How a would-be pigeon-killer became a Fox News pundit, The Guardian, July 14, 2015.

4.30pm, Thursday, October 13, 2022 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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