SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018
Get Ready for the War on Meat
By José Niño
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Plant-based diets, especially vegan diets, seem to be all the rage these days.
Based on the practice of eschewing animal products, veganism has attracted a broad coalition of interest groups — ranging from animal rights to environmental activists — who believe that veganism is the most ethical and sustainable way of promoting human health and animal welfare.
At first, these appear to be reasonable premises for an alternative lifestyle that challenges the dietary status quo.
But when placed under the microscope, the modern vegan movement has shown signs of increased politicization and a tendency to mesh with socialist causes.
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Health arguments aside, the real issue at hand in these discussions is control. Taking a page from their environmentalist ilk, vegans constantly rely on alarmist tactics to advance their cause. And this agenda consists of more than just educational campaigns — it involves using a strong centralized state to carry out their dietary vision.
To achieve this zealous plant-based vision, these actors will ultimately have to control and regulate the means of production of meat. The US government already wields tremendous power over food through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). These agencies, with pressure from anti-meat activists, can be used as vehicles to implement one-size-fits-all policies.
Central planning of this sort forms the bedrock of socialism and the latest anti-meat crusades represent another ambit that socialists will exploit in order to gain more traction. At its core, political veganism is the same fundamental philosophy but with different cosmetic features.
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While I agree with the “plant-based diet” recommendation, it’s should be just that — a RECOMMENDATION.
The second that anyone urges that the coercive force of the Gooferment — at any level or to any degree — then I oppose it completely.
If anything is “the next great idea”, then why do we need to force people to do it?
Leave people along. If a meme is so good or a paradigm is so obvious, then force is NEVER required.
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