Thursday, March 4, 2010

Show 71: CANference

Turnout: 40
Money: $10 merch, $690 (honorarium and travel assistance)
Personal Injury Report: Kate's shoes have started to lose their soles.

Show Description: We enthusiastically accepted an invitation to perform at the Campus Anti-war Network's national conference in Urbana, IL.

After attending workshops on Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan/Pakistan, we led the student activists to a classroom we'd stripped of desks to fit our performance. Before starting we drew attention to highlights from the day's workshops the fact of massive military privatization, wars declared on subnational targets in a globalized world, and the recruitment of low income soldiers.

To me, these facts undeniably indicate an increasingly intrinsic connection between war and capitalism. Capitalism has gone beyond being the root cause of war, it has become the very practice of war. There is little meaningful distinction. You cannot begin to seriously oppose these wars without also pitting yourself against capitalism.

This claim received a mixture of enthusiastic "whoots" and silence. Then we performed our play about making war on capitalism. And it felt good.

We'd like to thank the folks at CAN for supporting our effort and more importantly for continuing to organize students against US imperialism, even after Obama has put friendly liberal face on that imperialism.

Did you see this show? If you did, write a review, ask us some questions or comment on it. We'd love to hear it because we believe in artistic transparency.

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