#172 | No Justice On Stolen Land: Uniting Indigenous Resistance & Anticapitalist Revolt w/ Gord Hill

In this episode, I speak with Gord Hill (also known as Zig Zag) — Indigenous artist, activist, and the author of numerous books/graphic novels, including ‘500 Years of Indigenous Resistance,’ ‘The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book,’ ‘The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book,’ and 'The Antifa Comic Book.’ A major theme that runs through this discussion with Gord is the recognition that there is currently a growing intersection between what can be defined as traditionally Eurocentric Leftist political theory and practice with anti-colonial Indigenous resistance, throughout the so-called American continents, from North to South.

At the beginning of this discussion, I ask Gord to provide some examples of Indigenous resistance to colonialist expansion throughout the so-called Americas over the past 500 years, from the earliest forms of resistance in the earliest days of European colonial expansion, up to the present day. Gord, having one foot in indigenous resistance movements and the other in anarchist/anti-capitalist/anti-fascist organizing, provides much needed context on how radical Leftist theory and practice (for the most part, European in origin) increasingly works in tandem with anti-colonial Indigenous resistance movements. As Gord lays out in this episode, various strains of resistance — anti-colonial, ecological, anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, egalitarian — stand to benefit from learning and working with each other -- and in great part, this is already happening. We also discuss that while different, each of these respective strains of resistance utilize a similar diversity of tactics in resistance to the State, the logic of Capital, and the Settler-Colonial culture that dominates the land up to the present moment. We discuss these subjects, and more, in this episode.

Gord Hill, who also goes under the pen name Zig Zag, is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation along the Northwest Coast. Lord is an indigenous activist, anarchist, and artist, and is the author and illustrator of numerous books/graphic novels, including ‘500 Years of Indigenous Resistance,’ ‘The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book,’ ‘The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book,’ and ‘The Antifa Comic Book.’

Episode Notes:

- Stay up to date with indigenous, anti-capitalist, and anti-fascist resistance -- as well as all the work Gord is doing -- on his website: https://warriorpublications.wordpress.com

- Purchase ‘500 Years of Indigenous Resistance’ at PM Press: http://bit.ly/500yearsPM

- Purchase ‘The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book,’ ‘The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book,’ and ‘The Antifa Comic Book.’ at Arsenal Pulp Press: http://bit.ly/GHArsenalP

- Read Gord’s interview on anti-fascism in Time: http://bit.ly/2RBKedu

- The songs featured in this episode are “Sila (feat. Tanya Tagaq)” and “JHD (feat. Junior Ottawa)” by A Tribe Called Red from the album We Are the Halluci Nation.

#75 | Rhyd Wildermuth: Leaving America, Reclaiming Paganism, & Facing Collapse

Rhyd Wildermuth, our guest for this episode, is co-founder and managing editor of Gods&Radicals, which describes itself as a 'nonprofit Pagan Anti-Capitalist' publication. Rhyd identifies as a  Pagan and an anarchist, and as we go over in this episode, those are not mutually exclusive terms. 

In this conversation, Rhyd gives a very good description as to why Paganism, in the Americanized sense, has lost touch with it's radical anti-capitalist roots, and through his work and writings, Rhyd is attempting to provide a much needed reinterpretation of what it means to be Pagan in these tumultuous, crisis-laden  times. 

Rhyd left America behind to spend his remaining days in Europe, where he currently resides. We discuss his expatriation, the recent events in Charlottesville and its fallout, and how anarchists and anti-capitalists of all stripes and creeds have work to do preparing and adapting to the accelerating collapse of capitalism and the American Empire.

Episode Notes:

- You can find Rhyd's essays and get in touch with him through GodandRadicals.org as well as on his blog paganarch.com.

- The opening track accompanying the introduction was performed by my friend Nick Archibald, and the closing track to this episode is "Tiny Tortures" by Flying Lotus from the album Until The Quiet Comes.