Anarchism and Animal Liberation: Essays on Complementary by Anthony J. Nocella II

By Anthony J. Nocella II

Construction upon anarchist opinions of racism, sexism, ableism and classism, this number of new essays melds anarchism with animal advocacy in arguing that speciesism is an ideological and social norm rooted in hierarchy and inequality. emerging from the anarchist-influenced Occupy stream, this ebook brings jointly foreign students and activists who problem us all to seem extra significantly into the motives of speciesism and to take a broader view of peace, social justice and the character of oppression. Animal advocates have lengthy argued that speciesism will finish if the humanity adopts a vegan ethic. this idea is constructed into the argument that the vegan ethic has the main promise whether it is additionally anti-capitalist and opposed to all kinds of domination.

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This field of study actively acknowledges the presence/absence of more-than-human violence, and the essay revisits White’s walk to the station with these insights, before briefly discussing forms of street-based activism that are able to unsettle and disturb these everyday spaces of speciesist violence. Ultimately, the essay argues that strategies focused on total liberation, which are sensitive to the interconnected oppression and violence affecting human and other animals, need also to pay attention to the imperative to liberate “the spatial” landscapes, and disturb the normalization of violence-toward nonhuman animals.

In doing so, the essay concentrates not on spatially marginal, “exceptional” places of violence (such as slaughterhouses), but apparently “civilized” public places that we regularly encounter, such as a high street. The essay begins by exploring the contested geographical definitions of space and place, proceeding with more detailed discussion of an emerging critical animal geography, and then anarchism and anarchist geography. This field of study actively acknowledges the presence/absence of more-than-human violence, and the essay revisits White’s walk to the station with these insights, before briefly discussing forms of street-based activism that are able to unsettle and disturb these everyday spaces of speciesist violence.

Rather we need a critical politics of “becoming animal” where we avoid reproducing patterns of colonialism, classism, racism, and sexism and promote a postindustrialist politics for total liberation. In “‘A wider vision’: Coercion, Solidarity and Animal Liberation,” Will Boisseau considers the relationship between animal rights groups and the contemporary anarchist movement in Britain, concentrating in particular on tensions around coercive or violent tactics. ” Drawing on primary interview data with animal advocates, including former political prisoners, and activist publications, Boisseau proceeds with a more detailed examination of the use of allegedly coercive or violent tactics by some animal rights groups and considers how this may or may not coincide with contemporary anarchist conceptions of legitimate tactics.

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