I have very little interest in politics, generally speaking, as it often seems so depressing and futile. I’m the kind of person who cries at sitcoms so I don’t really have skin tough enough to even make a habit out of watching the news. This first issue of Tiebreaker focuses a lot on environmental activism — something I do care deeply about — so it left me feeling pretty pissed off.
Lynch’s essay on the language around terrorism is informative, discussing how it has been used in the past few years to protect large corporations over people. The revelation that animal rights activists are higher on the U.S. terrorism watch list than white supremacists and anti-abortion killers is frustrating, to say the least.
Will Potter contributes a detailed list entitled “10 Ways To Be Labeled A Terrorist” and Lynch conducts an interview with the friends of two environmental activists who were arrested by the FBI. In the foreword Lynch explains that this is the first zine he’s made in five years and the way Tiebreaker is nicely put together and easy to digest, his previous zine-making experience is clear. As is his passion. However, if you’re anything like me, the whole thing will leave you angry and uncertain of what to do about it. (Harley R. Pageot)
Political Zine, E. Chris Lynch, firstname.lastname@example.org, $3