The Vegan Vanguard
By Marine & Mexie
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A show about all things from the perspective of two revolutionary vegan women! Critical discussions (mixed with laughter) of politics, economics, animal liberation, environmentalism, feminism, and social/economic justice.
||Clean24. What if Men Weren’t Physically Dominant?||Rundown In this episode, Mexie and Marine discuss the ways in which sexual dimorphism, which has been exaggerated by millennia of social oppression, is at the root of patriarchy and rape culture, and informs our other oppressive systems like capitalism.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23. Why the f*ck are we in Afghanistan? with veteran Spenser Rapone||Rundown In this episode, Mexie interviews the (in)famous Spenser Rapone, a veteran who was deployed in Afghanistan and became radicalized by his experiences there, becoming a virulent anti-war, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist activist.||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22. Imagination and "Pleasure Activism" for a Post-Capitalist, Vegan Future||Rundown In this episode Marine and Mexie reunite once again to discuss creative and revolutionary ideas for movement building. Our discussion was inspired by reading adrienne marie brown’s Emergent Strategy.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21. Alex Jones, Free Speech, and Silicon Valley with Robbie Martin||Rundown In this episode Mexie talks with Robbie Martin, documentary filmmaker and co-host of Media Roots Radio, about the recent co-ordinated banning of Alex Jones and Infowars off of most of the prominent social media outlets.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20. Mental Health, Addiction, and Capitalist Realism with Mad Blender||Rundown In this episode, Mexie is joined by Leslie (Mad Blender on YouTube) to discuss the political economy of mental health and addiction. We draw from Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism to put the present-day rise in mental illness into social,||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19. Why Vegans Should Be Leftists||Rundown Flipping it on ya today! In more than one way. First off, Mexie is solo on this podcast as Marine is focusing on an exciting new IRL endeavour (go Marine!). And secondly, we’re flipping our very first episode, Why Leftists Should Be Vegan,||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18. "Form Over Substance": Marketing Yourself Under Capitalism||Rundown In this episode we dig into the way that capitalist society teaches us all from a very young age to prioritize the form over the substance, and what implications that has for our collective well-being as well as for collective resistance to||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17. Orgasms: To Fake or Not To Fake?||Rundown This is really a NO HOLDS BACK episode. Who’s ready for TMI?? But no, seriously, we lay a lot on the line in this one. We start by discussing some rather shocking statistics about the imbalance of pleasure in cis-hetero sexual encounters.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. "Insectageddon": Bee Autonomy, (anti-)Capitalism, and Building a Multi-Species Commons||Rundown In this episode, Mexie interviews Becky Ellis, a bee expert and PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario. Becky explains what’s been causing the alarming decline of our pollinators and what implications this will have.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Rojava & Revolution with Josh Walker (YPG)||Rundown This week Mexie interviews Josh Walker, a comrade who fought with the YPG in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Josh lays out the history and political ideology of the revolution, the extent to which feminist ideals are incorporated i.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. The Syrian War with Yazan Al-Saadi||Rundown This week Marine interviews Yazan Al-Saadi, a Syrian-Canadian journalist and researcher, about the war in Syria. Yazan’s work has been featured in Al-Akbar English, Muftah, Raseef 22, Democracy Now, Russia Today and Lebanon support.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Should Leftists and Vegans Embrace Antinatalism?||Rundown In this episode we analyze the links between the antinatalist, vegan, and anticapitalist movements. We start by discussing what antinatalism is and distinguish it from merely a personal preference not to have children.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. YouTube, Social Media, and Real Life: Unfiltered Thoughts||Rundown In this episode we talk about our experiences in the minefield that is online (leftist, vegan) activism. We talk about vulnerabilities, gendered responses to our work, speech habits, view counts, the efficacy of debates, and much more.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. The Vegan-Washing of Israel Continues (Brand Israel, Palestine, and Occupation)||Rundown In light of the recent Vegan Vibes tour organized in Israel, Marine interviews Laura Schleifer– a Jewish pro-intersectional vegan and free Palestine solidarity activist who spent time in the Palestinian West Bank on a theatre tour.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Factory Farms and Environmental Racism||Rundown In this episode we explore the intersections of speciesism, capitalism, racism, and climate change by taking a sobering look at the threats to public health and safety for communities living near factory farms.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09. #MeToo and the Threat of Carceral Feminism||Rundown In this episode we break down the term “carceral feminism,” which refers to movements that seek to redress violence against women through increased prosecution and harsher punishment for abusers. We discuss the history of this approach,||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08. Universal Basic Income: Panacea or Dystopia?||Rundown In this episode we tackle Universal Basic Income from a critical leftist perspective. We start by discussing why we’ve reached a point where so many people, on both the Left and Right sides of the political spectrum,||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07. Should Domesticated Animals Go Extinct? A Radical Vegan Perspective||Rundown This episode was inspired by a great series of questions from one of our listeners, Julian. Julian asked: Would you want the domesticated races to simply die out (like, after we have achieved full communism and everybody has gone vegan)?||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06. A Laminated Blueprint on How to End Capitalism||Rundown You asked for it, and we delivered! A laminated blueprint on exactly how to end capitalism, and what to build in its place! Joking aside, in this episode we explain capitalism, socialism, communism,||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05. Body Image, Eating Disorders, and the Gendered Politics of Food||Rundown In this episode we work through issues relating to body image, eating disorders and gendered experiences with food, drawing a lot from our own experiences. The impetus for this episode came from a series of comments that Mexie received on her c.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04. White Nationalism, Anti-Semitism and the Vegan Movement||Rundown This episode explores (and critiques) the infiltration of white nationalist, racist rhetoric into the vegan movement, as well as the growing trend for the alt-right to consider veganism as foundational to their ideology.||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03. The Law of Attraction, Spirituality & Anti-Capitalism||Rundown In this episode we break down the Law of Attraction and “positivity culture,” and critique how they’ve been employed in the support of capital and other oppressive structures. In the second half of the episode,||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02. "Competition" Dominates Our Lives||Rundown In this episode we break down the loaded and pernicious trope of “competition”. We start by discussing our own experiences growing up and being encouraged at an early age to compete, compete, compete!||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01. Why Leftists Should Be Vegan||Rundown In this episode we discuss why leftists should be vegan! We start by defining veganism as a political stance and not a grocery list, so that it’s clear that vegan praxis will look differently for everyone based on their background and privileg||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Mexie and Marine, you deliver quality content from a pro-intersectional perspective. I am a better person after listening to each episode. Thank you so much!
A Great Team Up!
I was first introduced to both Mexie and Marine by way of their respective YouTube channels and was really stoked when I heard that they where going to start a podcast. They offer a valueable perspectve on both issues within veganism as well as offering a revolutionary vegan woman's persepective on issues out side of veganism. I am looking forward to wide variety of possible topics and the concept of not defining veganism by consumption.
Thank you so much Marine and Mexie for your thoughtful commentary and research. Your labour is appreciated!