Punk Politics #70

Ron DeSantis (governor of Florida introduced a bill to make it illegal to discomfort white people through the teaching of Critical Race Theory. Yes, he is fucking criminalizing anti-racism in the most efficient way possible. The best way to stop racism is to kill ignorance with education. Discomforting white should be a default and a life goal. I propose we use social media to pump CRT and antiracism to as many Floridians as possible. Legislation like this is the new face of the Klan. It’s more insidious as it has more power with which to be irresponsible. If we don’t want this fascism to keep spreading and strangling us, we must fight. You cannot sit on the fucking sidelines. If you’re fence walking, you’re one of them. This is a new Jim Crow. Allowing people to learn the truth and decide for themselves is the next step in civil rights. Sitting by during that era was wrong, now it’s unacceptable as there’s no reason to not know better.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #69

Way too often in the underground there’s questions going around about whether or not Anarchism is the answer to societal ills. Being that Anarchism is the only moral and responsible answer to the boots on our necks the questions are of economics and how to achieve the goal.

There are a few economic options. There’s anarcho syndicalism which is essentially socialist anarchism as the workers run production and all capital is shared. There’s anarcho primitivism which would be an agrian and crafted goods system. Then there’s AnCap which even I’m not high enough to think is a good idea.

To achieve this requires revolution. That revolution can either be peaceful through the means of street activism to change politics beginning in local municipalities all the way up to federal. Or it can be violent. Both are valid options that carry a lot of risk and work. Of course the 2 can also be blended in various ways.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #68

The biggest problem we face in the fight of antifascism is lack of knowledge. The pursuit of that knowledge can be cost prohibitive for those who break out of the societal conditioning to not learn. Now, the best way to really learn what’s up is to read. Now, there are several ways to get a hold of books that are both legal and illegal. I support all methods of gaining books. There’s a way to beat the system of buying and not get rolled for five finger discount. Download the app libby to your phone. Then you get a library and then you jave access to all your local library system’s books. To really make this work, you get your homies who live in different areas to get cards and everyone shares their card numbers. Then you can have access to countless library systems across America. I don’t know if this works internationally. So if you’re a revolutionary with a tight budget, you can expand the red and black in your head. This is what using the system looks like.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #67

Some Fox News madness that is so hilarious to watch. So some homeless man set their Christmas tree on fire which has been bringing much joy.

But now They are saying that it’s a hate crime against Fox News. What the fuck? I know that they believe corporations are people, but this is way too far. These are the same thoughtless chucklefucks who suggested churches be armed in response to Dylan Roof shooting black people at church. They couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge that it was a hate crime beyond this strange passing comment about Christians.

And finally we have Tucker Carlson stating that Covid Feminizes men. Yes, you heard that right. Tucker believes that Covid changes men to women. He’s one step away from going full InfoWars.

C Fish

Punk Politics #66

Fascism was presented by the letter G yesterday. Matt Gaetz was flanked by Green, Gosar and Gohmert as he said they were gonna take power and said it’s gonna be the days of them and Jim Crow, I mean Jordan. But wait, there’s more. These troglodytes also intend to install Trump as Speaker of the House. This is a hyper real possibility. Pretty much everyone left of center is over the democratic party as they keep slagging the progressives and anyone who’s intellectually honest is having a had time seeing any real difference between mainline democrats and the GOP. Now, I mean actually fucking today is the time for progressives to start running in earnest for the House. If the DNC just pushes corporate drones on us they will lose and things will get extremely bleak. The Democratic party will have deserved this fate. If you read this and know any progressives that would be good for a seat, encourage them to run. We no longer need money to run a campaign. Through social media and tech power can come from the bottom. So let’s have more of a Green Wave. Fellow Green Wedgers, please run as Democrats and support any progressives winning. Shit is dire and the mainline doesn’t have the ability to fix anything and we all know it. #punkvoter

– C Fish

Punk Politics #65

Western Pennsylvania District Judge Donetta Ambrose chose to support terrorism and white supremacy on December 6, 2021. The basis for this is the sentencing of Matthew Michanowicz who planted bag with bombs at a Black Lives Matter rally in summer 2020. He admitted to it and was found guilty of that charge. Now, ya hear this and think the guy should be in Gitmo getting fucked with a pipe by angry Marines. Well, in the state where I live, this racial terrorist got 3 years probation! That’s right, he can go racist all he wants around Western, PA. Maybe kill some people of color or allies and it’s all good because he’s a poor white man or whatever the fuck rationale was. As though Nazis recruiting and attacking in the area wasn’t concerning enough, now they have a new fucking hero. What a white Christmas we are having. If you love in this area, then for fuck’s sake campaign against this powerful Klanswoman. It’s important to note that she’s a Clinton appointee. So remember to fuck the establishment in every election.

#punkvoter

-C Fish

Punk Politics #64

The fuckin nazis are makin noise again. Over the weekend the group Patriot Front marched at the Lincoln Memorial. This is the name change of American Vanguard who were the khaki commandos at Charlottesville whose own member killed Heather Hayer with his car. This is highly problematic as they’ve had plenty of time to plan and organize coming from a group who has demonstrated a willingness to kill. Also Proud Boys marched over the weekend. The most concerning is that Ron DeSantis is working to establish a state guard in Florida. This proposal will be about 200 volunteers who will serve alongside the National Guard bit be strictly beholden to DeSantis. My bet is 200 members of neo nazi leadership to recruit and marshal those federal resources. Like I said, they weren’t hiding, they’ve been planning. Make sure the streets is watching and have each other’s backs out there.

-C Fish

Punk Politics #63

This past weekend Lauren Boebert went on a strange racist “comedy” routine aimed at Ilhan Omar. I know, sounds like any other week with the manic pixie klan girl. Well, it has become news. She spent portions of the week doubling down on her Islamophobia. The thing that really matters is witch queen Pelosi’s response to Democrats wanting to censure Boebert. Pelosi issued a warning that there could be backfire if they punish right wingers for incendiary rhetoric. Per a source in the room, Pelosi went on to say “this is hard because these people are doing it for publicity” there’s a judgement that has to be made about how we contribute to their fundraising and their publicity on how obnoxious and disgusting they can be”. Well, they’re already fucking fundraising off of hate for the past 6 years! Of course Pelosi doesn’t mind. She’s the type of thieving white shot who’d take pictures with a lyched corpse. Of course the mainline Dems don’t actually have a problem with these attacks on progressive women of color because they’re every bit as corrupt and amoral as the GOP. The Klan is in both parties. This will never end if we don’t stop supporting geriatric wealthy racists in our highest offices. Remember, we’re entering an election year. #punkvoter

– C Fish

An explanation of ska waves

There’s a lot of discussion and questions concerning what is ska kids mean when we talk about waves in ska music. This isn’t meant to be THE answer on all that as there is much disagreement, th following is just my answer.

To start, ska has been existing and evolving since its inception in early 1960’s or late 1950’s Jamaica. The wave simply represents a period of time when the genre enjoyed extreme popularity and seeped into mainstream culture.

The first wave was from the early 60’s until around 66 came along. In 66 there was an extraordinarily hot summer in which the rudies couldn’t dance at the standard pace. So the music got slowed down and reggae came out of this. Reggae is also where to social change politics made their way into ska.

2nd wave was roughly 3 years in the UK when 2Tone happened. This was the first blending of punk and ska. Also you had The Clash who were thoroughly blurring those lines.

In the early 1980’s ska was building in America at a slow pace, but gaining popularity. The genre wasn’t dead as Dick Lucas (prior to Subhumans) had Culture Shock who were blending the Anarcho punk of the time with ska music. I mark the 3rd wave as starting in 87 with Operation Ivy. Though the mass popularity didn’t fully hit until around 95 when ska bands from all over the country started getting signed to Epitaph or major labels. They were gaining radio and MTV rotation. This was the Skaboom. Most of these bands were ska punk, basically the children of what Op Ivy did. This lasted until about 2000.

From 2000 till about 2018 we’d been in post wave. There’s been many amazing bands and evolutions in ska such as crack rock steady and some solid soul ska acts.

2018 through now is presently weird as we’re not sure if it’s a slight crest of the post wave, or if we’re coming into a true 4th wave. This is being led by Skatune Network and Bad Times Records. I know some people point to The Interrupters for this. Gonna say no there. They’re a great band, but what sounds like female fronted Rancid is neither innovative nor particularly interesting from a musical standpoint. Jer did a better cover of Bad Guy. Also, Aimee is not our ska queen. That’s Reade Wolcott from We Are The Union.

– C Fish