Squeeze out fascism with our accordion button designs!
Between Bruce’s injury and the rapid decline of Western Civilization, we’ve been having a hard time keeping up with all our little initiatives and our precious schedule. But if ever there was a time for this bold move, it was now. Shortly following the US Election we took part in a button-making party, so people who wanted to express something a little more nuanced than “safety pin” could wear their opinions on their chest before it would be the government issuing things to be worn on our chests. Bruce came, fired up with an urge to divert our seemingly politically-neutral hobby (as neutral as you can get between your meetings at the co-op community radio station and the anarchist bookstore) of accordion advocacy, and minted a couple dozen pinbacked buttons of varying progressive squeezebox slogans such as you can see above.
Then we got distracted (Bruce, as an expat American, has become very distracted) verbally sparring with actual Nazis and fascist apologists suddenly turning up in our standard whimsical #accordion surveys on Twitter, which it turns out has suddenly (well, not so suddenly to veterans of GamerGate) removed its mask and revealed itself as the festering hotbed of deplorables that we always avoided reddit so as not to be associated with. (And look, however belatedly, reddit is finally doing something about it! Your move, Twitter!) I’ve learned all kinds of esoteric pieces of free-reed information while getting a crash course in squeezebox history over the past 10 years of my association with Bruce, but I never expected to be explaining to find myself explaining to an accordion-loving Nazi how his beloved Hitler banned squeezeboxes in 1933 …but I digress.
If we cross paths with you at some curious and charming alt-accordion function (alt-accordion, rues Bruce, there’s another phrase that’s now been ruined by Richard Spencer), be sure to pick up a few! But it’s a big, wide world out there. Is there any other way? We could make them available by mail order, I suppose. There’s a tin of them at the counter at Spartacus Books! Well, if you have access to a 1-and-a-quarter inch button press, now you can make your own using Bruce’s template hosted at this link. Some of our friends on Instagram had been asking for it, so please run with it!
If there is sufficient demand, we can probably with minimal fuss recalibrate our template for other button sizes and alternate slogans also. Cheers & squeeze on!