This is a conversation with Andrew, the Solarpunk Anarchist from Trinidad and Tobago behind the YouTube channel ‘Saint Andrewism.’
- What is Solarpunk? Solarpunk Anarchism?
- The problem with Greenwashing
- How to talk about the climate & problems with the climate movement
- Generational shifts in the climate movement
- The importance of intersectionality
- Switzerland’s voting patterns and the reaction to Covid-19 (tangent on my part)
- Why the revolution needs therapy (Reading Ashanti Alston & bell hooks, community care and solidarity, dealing with emotional baggage in revolutionary settings)
- Everyone needs feminism, including men
- The risks of psychologizing patriarchal oppression (brought up episode 27)
- Mutual Aid
- Emotional Anarchism (brought up episodes 59/60)
- On social media and their limitations
- Growing up in Trinidad + some chat about that specific context (legacies of colonialism, colorism, patriarchy, class divides, government corruption, education system, black capitalism, crime)
- Some interesting Trinidad and Lebanon intersections/differences
- Addressing Gen-Zers as a Gen-Zer
- Learning from past movements’ mistakes and successes
- The past being taboo in Lebanon
- Intersections between Solar Punk and Afro-Futurism
- The radical roots of carnival (Trinidad, Notting Hill)
- Discussions within anarchism
- Anarchy by Errico Malatesta
- The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks
- The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy by Murray Bookchin
What I recommended:
You’re Dead To Me podcast had a nice episode with Dr Meleisa Ono-George and Nathan Caton on the Notting Hill Carnival.
The TV mini-series Small Axe by Steve McQueen which looks at London’s West Indian community 1969 and 1982 and is based on real events.
The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
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Music by Tarabeat.
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