About C Fish

Aging skater and punk rock historian. No bands to speak of, just a writer. read my stuff at punxinsolidarity.com

Punk Politics #53

Juneteenth has become an official holiday which is a good thing. But there are some very deep problems. This is simply a cookie from the oppressors as slavery never actually ended. The plantations became prisons and slavery is still legal under the 13th amendment. Furthermore, Republicans and mainline Democrats keep the slave machine fed by insisting that the drug war keep going which disproportionately jails black and brown bodies. Also their continuation of broken treaties to have black snakes stretch across native lands ensures that indigenous are fed to this machine as they continue to defend themselves and our planet against these poisons. The 1% are the only criminals here, yet way too many Americans practically beg the masters to send those of is who engage in direct resistance or underground economy to these tax funded plantations
– C Fish

Punk Politics #51

As a reminder, the mainstreaming and growth we’ve seen in hate and right wing extremism isn’t over. The frequency and severity of incidents will likely increase. A large part of that is an irresponsibility to address Nazis in the underground. Over the past decade I’ve seen more punks seeming to have no problem with em at shows and seem more interested in partying than addressing racism and racists in the scene. There’s plenty who still do the work, but not enough to send these fuckers scuttling to the darkest corners of ideological existence. So as they’re able to gain increasing passive existence, they’re now free of the leash of Trump acceptance and they’re angry at any progressive victories. Also the extreme right has evolved from the standard swastika and shaved heads. We have the Proud Boys who were a complete joke now being the flagship as they’ve been able to become a multiethnic hate group. Ideologically they are white supremacists as they fight for the supremacy of the white male dominant paradigm that has ruled America since its inception. They proudly wish to be colonizers, sexists, racists and classists. The fact that Tucker Carlson (Q Anon/ Infowars light) is the most popular news show in America lets us know that these viewpoints are no longer underground. I’ve gotten stared down plenty by proud and boog boys at the grocery store. If we don’t take sides and actions, I believe the right will be paving over culture from the underground to main street. This is the call to action, this is the line in the sand.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #50

Wow the pigs are fucking rioting. In Virginia a black man in uniform on active duty was pulled over with guns put to his head and a young black man in Minneapolis was killed over a fucking air freshener. Then when we protest this final solution level injustice, the bacon patrol shows up dressed to riot and abuse. I wonder what the conservatives are gonna do as they now have to choose between the cops and the troops. At present, I do not believe that police can be reformed without wiping the slate clean. This isn’t bad apples, this is a blighted grove that is unable to bear good fruit. The police go out of their way to be at odds with the people. They are not protectors, they are captors just waiting for an opportunity to be executioners. The blue line only cares for itself.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #49

So the Biden administration is of course the same shit as Trump. We’re illegally occupying Iraq, bombing Syria just because, continuing the strange cold war with China and hoarding vaccines. None of this is surprising. In fact I spent the last election season saying that Biden was no different. It’s not that I’m that greatly intelligent, it was just that obvious. We’re still putting kids in cages and feeding America’s kink for mass incarceration. I know, some are crying about how the “left” is tearing itself apart. No, we’re not! A faction of us is just sick if the bullshit. A large portion of it began under Obama who kept getting a pass from the DNC who got up in arms when the GOP simply modeled the same behavior during Trump. Mainstream democrats don’t give a single fuck about freedom or rights. They only want their fascism to be the dominant paradigm. To be clear, there is 100% no difference between the 2 major parties and any support of them is either naive of problematic. This is gonna be a long 4 years.

– C Fish

KRS ONE Between Da Protests

KRS ONE dropped his new one Between Da Protests a couple weeks back. Holy shit, he brought the boom bap! This is the best hip hop album I’ve heard in a long time. KRS lays is down with woke political that’s always been his signature in track like Don’t Fall For it, Black Black Black and through every track on this. His rhymes and flow are still on point as always. The producing brings back an old era that has been lacking in the myriad of 808 trap that rules the present landscape of hip hop. This is a hard breath of air we need in the current post hope reality. Bump this shit loud. Check the links below for this.

-C Fish

https://krsone.bandcamp.com/album/between-da-protests-extended-edition

Punk Politics #48

Hoping to help set some things straight on the White Supremacists. The media keeps only mentioning factions like Proud Boys who’ve sprung up in the last 5 years. This shit goes back and goes deep. Since the 1800’s the Klan has been around and is still active in every state of the continental U.S. Around the 1970’s or 80’s Neo-Nazis started happening broken into varying factions. There’s militias that operate out of training compounds throughout remote parts of this nation, they believe in what’s called RAHOWA (racial holy war) the shit we’ve been seeing play out. There’s the nazi gangs that I’ve seen around since the 90’s. These are the crazy white dudes with racist tats and meth. These hateful mutants have been building a cultural infrastructure for decades. They have music, record labels, clothing brands, publishing and a host of other cultural outlets to celebrate their hate. The movements we’ve seen with the rise of Trump are the culmination and mainstreaming of this work. Back in the 90’s through early 00’s there was Anti-Racist Action that would chase these guys out of punk shows and neighborhoods. After some firebombings and a badly planned public attack of White Nationalists in Chicago this whole thing fell off. With a lack of anti-racist enforcement at shows their tolerated underground presence likely helped them reach the levels we were seeing in 2015 through now. The motto was expose confront act. ARA had chapters throughout the country and anyone who was down could start one up with the goal of spreading anti-racist ideas. How you did this was up to the chapter. You didn’t necessarily have to fight every nazi goon to achieve it, but that may be required at times. If we’re gonna win our society back, we need to bring back ARA. Big events only fight racism in a broad stroke manner when we need to work block by block on a daily basis. Links below for further research and help taking action

-C Fish

https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

https://antiracistaction.org/

Punk Politics #47

So we’re just over a week past the white supremacist demonstration in the halls of congress. The mask hasn’t simply slipped off the Republican party, they tore it up and set fire to it. Blue lives only mattered when it was useful for silencing black lives as they attacked cops and killed one. This was white racism plain and fuckin simple. They had tattoos, symbols and strung up an Odin cross in the Capitol. The most important thing to know is that this wasn’t even the main event. The white supremacists have been building a cultural infrastructure within the subculture of neo-nazi and Klan movements for several decades. I was warning on this 20 years ago. This was their coming out party to go fully mainstream within the fertile ground that Trump and both major parties have been dutifully tending since the Reagan administration. The Democrats are equally complicit as most of the party continues to accept this dominant paradigm of whiteness between selling bout and shutting down any revolutionary thought in their party. coming from a background of fighting Nazis in the streets, I honestly believe that absolute horror is gonna become a regular problem for normies and not just punks and Antifa. Neither of those are groups, they are ideological social movements. We can fight this and win. It’s a daily battle of one square inch at a time. We start by examining in killing our own bullshit. You’re not an Antiracist if you haven’t dealt with any prejudice that may reside in you and it ain’t revolution if you’re fakin the funk. The different factions of the “left” need to be fully intersectional. Everyone’s cause is everyone’s fight whether it’s Black Lives Matter, water protection, immigration band prison reform, economic and environmental justice. The line is in the fucking sand. We are all co-conspirators and accomplices, it’s simply a matter of which side you’re on. This isn’t all about fist fights. These are debates with people in our lives, these are being informed at the ballot boxes and confronting this hatred head on. This is a cancer and the treatment must be multi faceted. #punkvoter

– C Fish

Bad Operation review

Recently the New Orleans New Tone pioneers Bad Operation dropped their debut on Bad Time Records. Wtf is New Tone? Well, take the political forefront of 2 Tone and it’s smoothed out stylings then add some modern ska punk to it. Think Specials meets Big D and The Kid’s Table. Holy checkers is this album fucking amazing! If you consider yourself ska, rude or just ska curious then Bad Operation is what you need in life! Right from track 1 this gets you moving and thinking. My standouts on this are the title track and Siren’s call. Evidence that ska is the revolution you can dance too. Get ahold of those now. Blast it loud enough to freak out your neighbors and dance till you’re in fighting shape!

-C Fish

Stalk and support:

https://badoperation.bandcamp.com/album/bad-operation

https://www.facebook.com/BADOPERATION/

https://instagram.com/bad_operation?igshid=tr2yhd22qpum

Punk Politics #46

I’m fuckin concerned that we may not be rid of Trump come January. Between his comments overall, the sudden demand to increase stimulus payments and that his latest pardons include 4 blackwater mercs who were responsible for the nisour square massacre. Furthermore he’s close friends with the founder of Blackwater which is just typical of a man who clearly wants to be a South American style dictator. So he’s in essence trying to buy the people’s loyalty and has shorn up his relationship with a private military. And the clear evidence the Trump is acting as though he does want a government shutdown which would mean there’s no money to pay those that would do something about him not being willing to vacate office. Not sure it’s a conspiracy theory when Trump has said multiple times that he’s not leaving office, has been working tirelessly to overturn the election while flaunting his relationship with white supremacist groups and mercenaries. While Biden is certainly no prize or victory, I at least want El Trumpe to fuckin leave. Anyone else tired of living in unprecedented times?

-C Fish