As animal activists we have our agreements and our differences.
What unites us is our belief that animals have as much right to live as do humans.
That same sense of morality and justice should also compel us to be social justice advocates and political radicals.
If every animal has as much right to be on this Earth as does any other, so does every human have the right to be here.
But further, every human has as much right to the Earth as does any other human. A child born into a poverty stricken, war-torn, society in Asia or Africa has as much right to this world as does a privileged baby born to wealth in the US or the UK, or anywhere else.
Why should one’s parents’ financial condition have any affect upon a human being’s rights?
Why should one child be rich and another poor? Why should one be rich and millions poor?
Why should one child live in a mud hut and another in a mansion?
Societies around the world are based upon the concept that might makes right. Private ownership of real estate is the quintessential example of this perverted view. All real estate is owned pursuant to the societal justification that kings and armies can acquire land by conquest and murder, and bestow it upon loyal warriors and co-conspirators. And the title to every piece of real estate in the world is traceable to just such an occurrence.
Just as Animal Rights will require a quantum shift in human values and society, human rights dictates that our entire civilization be re-ordered and restructured.
Legal systems allow for past crimes to shape our societies, and they allow for theft, conquest, and murder to dictate current and future ownership of land. The law allows thieves to pass on the land they stole to their heirs. The law allows no redress, reparations, or justice to the rest of the human race excluded from the scheme.
Why should a human born in Africa be denied the right to live anywhere he or she wishes to live?
Why should humans be able to exclude others from a portion of the planet?
Why should there be borders? Boundaries? Estates?
Why are there armies?
Why is there poverty?
Why is there wealth?
I am a state socialist. I believe in enforced equality. In enforced ethics. In enforced protection of the Earth.
Left to their own devices, humans have demonstrated their inability to organize societies fairly and equitably. They have plundered and raped the Earth, murdered their fellow humans and enslaved and murdered their fellow Earthlings.
Only the power of government can reign in the horrors and provide fairness for the entire human race.