Thursday, May 23, 2013

XVX What It Means to Me XVX -- A Vegan Straight Edge article by Walter Bond

This is a new article (April 2013), written in prison by Walter Bond and published on  his support website. If you don't know about this vegan straight edge animal rights activist, then you better check out:


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.

Drugs both legal and illegal fuel funding for millions of experiments done on Animals annually.  From addicting primates to methamphetamine, to inducing depression in beagles by way of torture and isolation.  All this solely to record the results of anti-depressants. This sinister and vicious industry of drug abuse funds the sinister and vicious business of vivisection.  Along with the drunk driver that mows down pedestrians while being asleep at the wheel. We also have the enormous amount of domestic violence due to raging alcoholism.  Child abuse, rape, molestation and murders which happen in staggering numbers and have direct correlations to addictions in the home. How nice to know that the government distills predatory violence with every bottle it produces.  And that women and children get to suffer heinously for the inebriation of drunken men.

Because of all this, and so much more I assert that Vegan Straight Edge as a lifestyle is essential for the individual, for our communities and the planet.  What many frame as abstinence is really the practice of self-liberation.  Freedom from addiction is literally freedom from one of the most vicious forms of slavery every seen on the face of Mother Earth!

Vegan Straight Edge, in my definition is: Veganism in our diet and consumption, coupled with the ethical belief that Animals exist for their own autonomy instead of human ends.  It is also a rejection of inebriation and all recreational drug use from our personal lives.  And lastly it is a stand against sexual exploitation in all its forms.  On top of this it is a commitment taken for life.
For the uninitiated that have not heard of Straight Edge, or Vegan Straight Edge a cursory glance at the internet on the subject will lead to videos of hyper masculine ‘dancing’, punk/metal music bands and a host of clothing, slogans and graphics.  While this is in part, ‘the scene’, and  the fashion trend that Vegan Edge has, and does grow through.  It’s the message and way of life that is the substance, not the music and fashion, don’t get it twisted.

With many Vegan Edgers ageing away from the scene it’s important to make this distinction, so that the vsXe kids out there can learn from our experience, instead of us trying to keep up with theirs.  And in the process turning into those creepy old people that don’t realize they look ridiculous in skinny jeans and anime hairdos.  But by no means do I discount the power that the vsXe scene has had, and still does.  For so many kids, myself included it showed us a way to empower ourselves and fight for what’s positive.  It took many of us out of the quagmire and filth of addiction right when we were on the verge of disaster.

Vegan Straight Edge, means everything to me.  It’s not the music, it’s not the tattoos and it’s not the camaraderie that makes Vegan Edge as close to me as my own heart beat.  All these things have their place but when the show is over, when the tattoos begin to fade and blend together and when friends come and go, it’s the way we live our lives that over time forms the people we are.  It’s the things we do and refuse to do, that define us.  Vegan Edge shrinks the gap between rhetoric and reality.  It’s not a school of thought and it’s not a belief (although both have evolved from it).  It’s an attempt to try and make this world a more peaceful and just place in an aggressive and forthright manner.  Starting with ourselves and reaching in ever wider circles to the world around us.  Building scenes and a community worldwide.  Screaming our manifestos as anthems to crowds of ourselves that scream them right back in our faces.  To the outside world it looks like a mosh pit or a hardcore punk concert, but for us it is not just a show, it’s an affirmation.

Unfortunately for many it’s an empty fad.  A phase that changes right along with musical tastes.  Realizing that a lifetime commitment to Veganism, drug free living and the refusal of sexual exploitation is at times difficult or cuts into ones hedonistic idea of fun, the substance soon gets discarded by the wayside.  For these people that talk of Vegan Edge as their salad days long after they have shit all over everything they once proclaimed to hold so true never were Straight Edge at all.  And I have no ear, or patience for tales of their Straight Edge days.  Anymore than the throngs of used to be Vegans who proclaim that they had to quit being Vegan because ‘It just wasn’t right for my body type’.

Interconnectedness is a two way street.  It’s nobodies right to poison their (our) children, community, environment or endeavors with the essence of oppression, the essence of greed and the essence of consumerism.  How odd it is as anarchists to be so vexatious against brand names, advertising and capitalist economy but then sit down with a fucking red white and blue beer can and get drunk on the same shit that whites use to kill the indigenous nations of the Earth!  How odd as a Vegan to care so deeply about the inherent rights of an ant or mosquito, but then smoke a joint that feeds a direct consumer link to cartel violence that enslaves whole cities and providences of Latinos for the drug lords reign!  Give me a fucking break!

In the final analysis, no one lifestyle, individual or tactic is all encompassing. We all take part daily in the atrocity of mass locust society.  But that is not an excuse to just throw our hands in the air and join in the spectacle of insanity that is technologically advanced civilization.  Perhaps we are not in a situation to save the world from capitalism, consumerism, Animal, Earth and Human exploitation in the present.  Perhaps we cannot usher in an age of Total Liberation tomorrow.  But we can save ourselves on a case to case basis, we can empower ourselves in thought word and deed.  No matter who we are, or where we are.  We can ‘scream for change’, ‘make a change’, and be a ‘force a change’.  In our lives and the lives of those around us.  By remaining Vegan For Life and living our One Life, Drug Free!

For Liberation,

Monday, May 20, 2013

Eden's Demise - XVX Metal from Russia

Vegan straight edge metal with brutal dual vocals (incl. one female singer) straight from Moscow! This is the kind of shit you want to check out.

This new band resembles a lot early Purified In Blood and that type of apocalyptic XVX metal, in my book that's a really good thing.

Enjoying the melodic death/metalcore riffs and double bass assault; nice touch with the brutal female vocals, too.

P.S. Also not to be confused with Greece's own Eden Demise (a brutal metal/hardcore band).

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Talon Conspiracy - Vegan/Animal Liberation zines from the past


As you know, every self-respecting vegan straightedge individual must take the time to educate themselves on veganism, be it becoming a pro on health and nutrition; learning and understanding the principles on ethics, economics and politics behind the vegan stand; or researching the history of the animal rights movement.

I am glad to find there's still people out there who put in the effort to bring back to the surface obscure vegan resources from the past. There is so much shit that is legendary but obscure and hard to find; the militant xveganx nerd in me is always on the hunt.

I recently discovered a haven for such things: The Talon Conspiracy is an awesome and very thorough online information hub on all things vegan and animal liberation. These guys have uploaded a bunch of super important oldschool vegan zines, which you can click and read online.

Check out and support the Talon Conspiracy!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Milk Effin Sucks!

I see it every day... people just don't want to accept the truth about milk & its products.

Well I guess we vegans will have to bombard pus drinkers with the facts on why it is bad for their health, if the cruelty imposed on animals doesn't convince them.

Wake the fuck up, drop that glass of milk pus and start indulging in the awesome dairy-free products which are growingly available in most food stores!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Fuck You to the Armchair Revolutionary

I haven't posted here in a good while but man, I gotta get some things off my chest.

Another fashion statement for punks?
I am so sick and tired of all this talk about liberation from people who don't live it, let alone from some who are not even vegan! How can these people sit down and write all these long articles about 'total', humyn and animal liberation... and then still have fucking everything they eat with cheese and milk in it? This is truly pathetic.

What fucking good will another armchair revolutionary do to the vegan struggle? All this theoretical talk about anarchy and veganism, preaching to the converted just won't cut it anymore. It's useless. I am not saying I am fighting the oppressors in the trenches every fucking night so I keep my mouth shut and don't pretend to be some righteous PC warrior king. Moreoever, I know one thing: the world won't change with pamphlets and opinions on the struggle, it will change (if it ever will) by example. And in short, this is what we need: more examples of solid vegan lifestyles!

Some people just don't get it. They don't care about the truth, they just wanna live the dream, and in their minds they are some great anarchist activists, fighting the system from their bedroom behind their computer. Oh how I wish for their fantasy to be crushed... and it surely will be!

p.s. And don't get me wrong. Education is awesome, but there are many sources on veganism and liberation as it is. What we actually need is action and lives changed!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Strife - Rebirth!

The vegan straight edge is all about consistence; without it, we show that our stand was not solid and we also give the whole movement a bad name through being a bad example ourselves. However, the vegan straight edge is also about tolerance. Who can say how long each of us will last despite our for life pledges? Who are we to criticize the people and the bands who laid down the foundations of the vegan straight edge movement back in the day?

In my opinion, the return of Strife is one of the best things that happened to hardcore in 2012 (along with the new Bad Brains album!). It is so great to see this legend come back to life with an incredible sound. Undoubtedly, Strife was one of the three most influential vegan straight edge bands of the whole 90s hardcore scene, the other two being Earth Crisis and Snapcase. It really doesn't matter to me if Strife isn't vegan and/or straight edge anymore, because I still get that burning feeling of urgency the early records gave off; the songs in Witness a Rebirth comes straight from the heart with a message of clear-minded thinking. It is just a good hardcore record that gives us lessons in integrity, self-reliance, strength and personal reflection.

Personally, I find that Witness a Rebirth does in fact make me even more proud to be vegan & straight edge, because it expresses a positive mindset that is open to interpretation. 2013's Strife essentially stands for those same values the vegan straight edge represents. In turn, tthis reminds me that hardcore is one big family and that the bands we listen to are like our best friends, making our life just a little bit better with their message and music.