The concept is basic. And is as old as is human conflict.
A small band can defeat a much larger one if it can peel off a portion of the larger contingent, engage and defeat that portion, then continue to winnow the larger force down in manageable skirmishes.
It is the formula that has allowed great armies to be defeated by smaller ones, has seen insurgents bring down governments, and has enabled guerillas to be successful against overwhelming odds.
It is also the guiding principal of social reform.
Targeting issues as narrowly as possible means limiting the number of enemies who will fight you. The fewer enemies who must be defeated increases the chances for success. Conversely, waging broadly focused assaults on a number of issues simultaneously means engaging those with a stake in each issue, dramatically increasing the number of opponents who must be defeated.
As basic and as obvious as this is to almost everyone, it is a concept totally lost on Gary Francione and his myopic followers.
The abolitionists’ stated approach is to do battle with everyone. Francione refuses to fight battles on narrow fronts. He preaches that to do so is to condone all other abuse.
As a practical matter, Francione does battle with no one except other animal activists. He is not engaging the enemy at all. His myopia limits his worldview, and his rhetoric paralyzes his troops.
While others in the animal movement are fighting whaling, sealing, bullfighting, rodeos, horse racing, trophy hunting, etc, Francione counsels against joining in those efforts.
Those are single issue campaigns, the building blocks of the animal movement. They afford us the opportunity to educate, to recruit, to impact public policy, to pass legislation, to chip away at the edifice of indifference that stands between animals and animal liberation.
Single issue campaigns are anathema to Francione. Unless the single issue is dog and cat rescue. In that case, a single issue campaign is perfectly fine. Dog and cat rescue is the primary issue which drives raising revenue for animal organizations. That fact is not lost on Francione, who conveniently exempts dog and cat rescue from his prohibition on single issue campaigns by the simple expedient of announcing that dog and cat rescue is not a single issue campaign.
The roadblocks Francione erects to impede participation in narrowly focused campaigns are welcomed and lauded by animal abusers. The meat, egg, and dairy industries love Francione. So do dog fighters, hunters, whalers, sealers, trappers, bullfighters, vivisectors, fur farmers, circuses, zoos, and fishermen. They all see him as an ally. His obstructionism and divisiveness serve their purposes.
Abolitionist veganism is an ally of every form of animal cruelty, because it counsels against fighting that cruelty. It is an exercise in mental masturbation, self delusion, and self aggrandizement to the detriment of all animals everywhere.
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