NIO Editorial Note: Everyone associated with NIO extends our unwavering support, unyielding love, and unadulterated admiration for our brother and comrade, Walter Bond. It is an honor to be able to publish his work and we look forward to providing a forum through which he can radicalize activists and incite action. However, the anti-abortion views expressed in Walter’s Vegan Hardline essays do not reflect the position of many associated with NIO. We, therefore, hope that whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, we are all first and foremost animal liberation.
The following article was written by me for my old Vegan Hardline blog years before I began breaking the law to bring the fight for Animal Liberation to the doorsteps of animal exploitation businesses. Looking back now, I can see that I’ve grown as a writer. As this series of my writings will no doubt show, the premises of these brief essays later became the genesis of my current writings and I still stand behind every word of them. After the release of these Vegan Hardline essays will follow my new writings about the Creed and Philosophy of Vegan Hardline, a discipline and way of thought and deed that was inspired largely by the Hardline Philosophy laid down by the band “Vegan Reich” and, in particular, their frontman, Sean Muhaqi. The basic philosophy remains intact with only two minor deviations:
- Hardline was very hung up on a perceived idea of sexual morality. In Vegan Hardline, we are unconcerned with people’s sex lives, their choice of partners, or frequency of sexual activity.
- And secondly, Hardline was inevitably derailed and sidtracked by religion. In Vegan Hardline, we will have none of that as we see religion at best as irrelevant and, most often, as absurd, ridiculous and hazardous.
So far my writings have been geared towards abolitionist Animal Liberationism. These writings are for those who believe in discipline and the defense of all innocent life, Whatever It May Take! (October 14, 2011)
by Walter Bond
Often times those of us who adhere to the ethics and lifestyle of vegan hardline are misrepresented and seldom fully understood. This is because we are syncretic. We see kernals of truth everywhere but they are always surrounded by party lines or agendas of one form or another. For instance it is amazing how many people think that to be pro-life and vegan is a conflict of interest. We have yet to see any definition of the word vegan that states anything regarding procreation. For the sake of clarity allow us to explain where we are coming from in some of our views. We are anti abortion from a vegan standpoint not a religious one. We honestly do not care what any “holy book” says about infanticide. We also know that if you are not vegan … you are not pro-life, you are only pro-fetus. Furthermore, we find it ridiculous to be against contraception. Alone, a single sperm nor egg is life. When the two combine and begin to multiply cells that is the beginning of life. Life starts at conception.
As a vegan it is inconsistent to care about sentient life of all other species except your own. On the feminist side of the issue we are told all sorts of ludicrous propaganda about pro-life being against a woman’s right to choose. This is a ruse that is often used when a person wants to put their “right to convenience and pleasure” above the rights of the defenseless. We are for the rights of innocent life first and always. Our golden rule “Your rights end where anothers begins” is our context. You are not a sexist or misogynist because you tell a woman that she should not kill her baby. That is as ridiculous as saying “Vegans hate women because they are against a woman’s right to eat a cheeseburger.” Yes, we hate and oppose abortion but not because god says so. If you cannot wrap your mind around the idea that it is not right to kill children it is because you are a lunatic.
Veganism is our foundation for all other viewpoints. It is the boycott of animal use of any kind in every consumer decision we make. That is all. Whatever party lines you may or may not follow does not make you any more or less of a vegan.
However, that does not mean that we are all stereotypical liberal hippicrits. We also do not see so-called “freeganism” as anything more than bullshit. Animals are not ours to use. Freeganism is no better than free-range… as long as you are not challenging the fact that we use animals and only debating the ways in which we use them then you just do not ‘get it.’
It is absurd to consider yourself drug free while eating steroids and antibiotics. That is what meat, dairy and eggs are all laced with. Drugs, drugs and more drugs. On the flip side you are not vegan if you do drugs. Animal testing is perpetuated in large part by drug companies or to study the nature of addiction. Getting high and/or drunk is selfish and weak. Inebriation and those who partake in it deserve whatever negative consequences they suffer.
It is obvious that in vegan hardline we are to the extreme left on some issues while being very far right on others. We do not feel justification of this is necessary. We are not reactionary. If our enemies put their pants on one leg at a time it does not mean we will not do the same just for the sake of being different. That mentality leads to your opposition defining you. We see this world as a web of life. We see things as connected. We see single issues as part of much larger problems. We see the solutions to those problems as complex. It is not as easy as only being a textbook vegan. The only problem with humanity isn’t drunkenness or drug abuse. You are not going to change things by switching political parties, or going from christian to atheist and back again. Following all existing schools of thought has gotten and will get us nowhere.
We have taken the best of what liberation movements before us offered and left all of the garbage that clouded their causes. We combine that with tactical thinking in place of rhetoric. We prepare for war, not proverbial but actual. The time for violent resistance in the name of innocent life is long overdue. Perhaps we cannot win this war for all that is sacred and worthwhile. So what. We can die fighting for it and that is enough.
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