Anarchists. Hotdogs. Sunburns.
On Saturday August 11th I joined about 150 people gathered in Jefferson park in Seattle for the Everything for Everyone festival. From the event’s website:
The Everything for Everyone Festival is a free, two-day music, art, and politics festival scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on August 11th and 12th. In 2011, the rule of the 1% began to be challenged in brand new ways. A wave of discontent with the old older of things began in Egypt and Tunisia in the Spring. This wave gained strength and momentum into the Fall with the Occupy movement. Now in 2012, there is a desire coming from everywhere on the planet to continue that spirit of resistance of 2011, and to develop it in new and meaningful ways. This desire for change is not manifesting itself in the traditional forms of opposition to the current system, nor is that desire seeking just to “fix” the old oppressive order to make it seem “fairer” to the relative few on the planet.
Small groups met and discussed issues such as self-defense and communicating rebellion, while panel discussions were held about class struggle and overthrowing capitalism. Regardless of your opinion of free markets, neither capitalist nor anti-capitalist was spared the harsh radiation that our star system’s fusion reactor poured onto the participants.
(all of these people are likely still hurting from the baleful pain rays that engulfed them. They will likely die of skin cancer and will be mourned.)
One booth of activists working against the construction of a new juvenal justice facility in Seattle remarked that they were prison abolitionists, and that the only way to help rebuild families was to end capitalism so that people can have time to raise their families. I asked what they had in mind, and they suggested taking unused public buildings and housing youth there, instead of in foster homes. I asked if they thought that putting children into orphanages was the best way of dealing with kids with poor or non-existent home lives.
Another booth had activists distributing a recent issue of Tides of Flame, this one encouraging people to not talk to police, grand juries, and included a bedtime story about four arsonists and the need for them to not talk about the act. They politely declined my request to interview them and suggested that I direct readers to the latest issue of their publication.
During one panel discussion a panelist suggest central planning at a local level as an alternative to capitalism and was heckled by an audience member saying “we don’t want that!”. Half the fun of going to these events are the moments when libertarians and (presumably) anarchists agree with one another, if only on something we both dislike.
GLITUR had a booth and was painting fingernails. They also had a banner of a unicorn impaling a police officer with a caption of “Anything is Possible”:
(Note: I would attend more GOP events if they offered these kinds of services.)
After checking out a panel discussion I bought a “Seattle Dog” from a vendor in the park. This wasn’t indented to be a small rebellion against the festival’s rule against exchanging money for goods or services, I was just impressed that there was a hot dog named after Seattle and that it involved cream cheese. Clearly I haven’t spent enough time drinking in this fine town, as apparently it’s kind of a thing here.
The panel discussion itself was quite interesting. You can check out a few minutes of it at: