More Of Fire Than Blog: Anaal Nathrakh’s Dave Hunt’s Blog #4

By on 29 March 2012

Anaal Nathrakh‘s Dave Hunt is back in business with the fourth installment of his Terrorizer blog, in which he discusses the message behind an upcoming event that is no doubt in the forefront of every extreme metal fan’s mind: Boltfest.

Returning from an apparent hiatus (actually caused by a misunderstanding over how long ago the Spellemann Awards were, resulting in a blog entry not being used), I thought I’d get ahead of time and mention something that hasn’t happened yet. And in a slightly unusual vein, given the tone of what is usually likely to appear here.

Boltfest.

There’s a school of thought which says (at least some) charities shouldn’t exist, because they only allow the state to get away with not funding the work they do. There’s another school of thought that says traditional aid movements, especially on the state/international level, are variously either ineffective, corrupt, or misguided. Thomas Pogge, should you care to look further into it, makes a very convincing case, and provides some very stark World Bank statistics to back it up. 50,000 people still dying per day as a direct result of global poverty – 29,000 of them children under 5 – is one of the most telling.

There’s yet another school of thought which holds that drawing attention to wrongs in the world can help in solving them – the recent Occupy phenomenon is an example. But the reply from gloriously degraded insight fountain Doug Stanhope (alluded to here) is hard to resist – you think there’s something wrong with the world, so to solve it you go fucking camping? How about doing? How about – and I know this might sound crazy – contributing to the solution?

Finally, there are the lying, or at least misleading, organisations which essentially steal the public’s good will and siphon it off into the pockets of greedy assholes. Administration, fundraising, advertising etc aren’t free, of course. But while there’s an argument that the actual causes receiving x% of something is better than them getting 100% of nothing, in some cases donors would be appalled to know how much of what they give isn’t going anywhere near the people they thought they were helping. A few examples here. (There was another example I found about Bono’s charity, but as it was reported in the Daily Mail and based on New York Post figures, I couldn’t bring myself to include it!)

Some people, myself and (I think) ol’ Doug included, take these sorts of things as yet further damning proof of what we as a species and a world are really like. But not everyone. Some people actually do try to help, not necessarily by changing the world, but by doing what they can. And as one who has stood in crushed awe at the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses, I can promise you that some of this latter group of people merit open-mouthed admiration. That might not seem consistent with the kind of damnation I’m supposed to be spewing here, but briefly, three points – 1) walk a mile, 2) it is perfectly consistent, I’m just using the space for something other than arguing the fact, and 3) Boltfest.

The Teenage Cancer Trust are doing something, and are not ripping donors off. Bolt Thrower, through Boltfest, are doing something. The people who have given money to support the charity and the event by buying tickets are doing something. And all the cynicism in the world, however arguably valid it might be, can do nothing but look silly and very, very small in the face of what exactly is being done. Bring on the birthday party.

Addendum:  lest anyone feel too self-congratulatory, remember that one event, no matter how worthy, cannot solve everything. As an example from close to home, the board of a charitable organisation dedicated to helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence has decided to close the only domestic violence counselling service in Wolverhampton, following the end of a lottery grant. There is a petition to keep the service open, along with more information, here.

These views expressed do no necessarily represent those of Terrorizer… or, for that matter, the author – they are, in Dave’s words, “something to think about” rather than a blinkered polemic.

 

 

 

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