Those earning minimum wage are not particularly impressed with the complaints of women executives who are paid less than their male counter parts. The minimum wage in 1968, if adjusted for inflation and buying power should be over $23 today. The federal minimum wage being paid to Walmart employees, fast food workers, and others, is cause for outrage, as the minimum wage is inadequate to provide for an individual, let alone a family.
Gay and transgender Americans are afforded no workplace protections, and can be summarily fired just for being who they are. They would gladly suffer the problems of women and minimum wage earners rather than being thrown out on the streets because of intolerance and bigotry.
Native Americans and African Americans are brutalized and killed by police out of all proportion to their numbers, and would be pleased with the problems of gay and transgender people.
Killing African Americans is not the stated policy of the US, but murdering civilians in drone strikes is. Those civilians and their loved ones targeted in CIA drone strikes against civilian targets in foreign countries envy the relative safety Black Americans enjoy in US cities.
Animals trapped in the food system would surely prefer to be the targets of US drones than the victims of slaughter by captive bolt guns, knives, drills, and bone saws.
The poor struggle to feed and clothe their families.
Gays and lesbians struggle to adopt to create families.
Undocumented aliens have their families broken apart by government deportation.
Native Americans and African Americans have their families broken apart by police killing family members.
People in the Middle East have their families eradicated by US military action and drone strikes.
And animals are murdered and consumed by the great majority of those who are themselves oppressed by government and society.
Curiously, people seem particularly incapable of empathy for those who are even more brutalized than are they themselves.
The left is paralyzed by such blindness. The rule of thumb seems to be that if one advocates for a more oppressed minority one is somehow dismissive of the plights of those a little better off.
Feminists thus resent LGBT people, who resent Hispanics, who resent Blacks, who resent socialists, who resent animal activists.
All this enmity and lack of empathy stems from self-centeredness, a curious affliction for the more enlightened humans in society.
But it underscores how far humans have yet to evolve, and how long animals will have to endure our species.
Animals are more abused, exploited, and murdered than are any other oppressed group.
We as Animal Rights advocates believe all sentient life is EQUALLY valuable. In that light, the six million Jews murdered is equivalent to the number of animals who will be murdered in the next HOUR! The Animal Holocaust is the most horrific thing ever committed against life in history, by several orders of magnitude.
But many on the political left are so consumed with political correctness that they would rather the horrors perpetrated upon animals continue than to be considered victims alongside animals. In their bizarre universe, it is more important not to be compared with an animal victim than it is to lock arms in solidarity to end both human and animal oppression.
The prejudices of the oppressed are no more valid than the prejudices of the ruling classes or the oligarchs. Truth is truth. Oppression is oppression. Cruelty is cruelty. I do not give a damn about some group’s perceived problems when compared with the Holocaust animals endure. Gays fighting to keep their jobs? Women earning less than men? Black folks killed by police? All are legitimate concerns, some more than others.
But they all pale in comparison to the murders of 10,000 animals per second.
In the scheme of things, all human complaints are relatively trivial when compared to what befalls animals at the hands of humans.
I recognize we need those complaining constituencies in revolutionary coalitions. And I support almost all of them.
But my support does not require me to accept any suggestions that they are in any way comparable to the plight of animals. Nor does it require me to censor my message or to embrace ludicrous politically correct positions.
Our job is to shock people into thinking. And their current prejudices and worldviews are totally unimportant.
We must foment for revolution. To censor our message because it might offend this group or another is to betray the animals.
Agitating for revolution and advocating overthrowing the system has never been done by animal activists. Nor am I familiar with anyone else who is trying to radicalize the animal movement.
Tailoring our message so as not to offend would be as ineffective as asking slave owners to be nice to their slaves. Our entire society is hostile to animals. One cannot imagine a more hostile environment for animals than living under capitalism, where their lives are measured in dollars and cents.
A shocking fact: Jews in Nazi Germany were much better off than are animals in America.
From a practical and strategic stand point, we shouldn’t waste our time trying to win over the public. We should limit our efforts to rescuers and animal folks. We radicalize those we can and leave the others to continue doing whatever they are doing.
But in addition, we must encourage and support social revolutionaries, of whatever stripe. The chaos and uncertainty of social upheaval will actually save animal lives, as the efficiency of the killing industries will be disrupted, and AR activists would be able to destroy much of the slaughter infrastructure and take out those in the industry.
We have tried decades of ineffective tactics, primarily those that try to recruit vegans. And they do not work, as veganism has not even kept up with the growing human population.
But the movement has been a pacifist one by and large, and even those who engage in direct action are squandering the animal movement’s resources, both in incarcerated activists and financial support.
The ALF, while pursuing worthwhile goals, has generally accomplished little. They have targeted fur farms or restaurants, at best raising insurance premiums, at worst being captured and prosecuted.
Direct action must be aimed at slaughter personnel, not just at disrupting economic targets. We need to substantially drive up the cost of meat, egg, and dairy production, thus driving up retail prices and reducing consumption.
Only the complete end of human civilization would end slaughter.
Or human extinction.
There is no going back to tribal villages and treading softly upon the Earth.
Only violent revolution will change things. And as animal activists are a mere fraction of a percent of the population, we must join with other social revolutionaries to bring down the system.
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