A Plea to My Conservative Friends

capitalismpleaMost conservatives who love animals are unwilling to examine how cruel capitalism is to animals. They refuse to abandon their political positions, no matter the cost to animals.

Instead, they delude themselves into thinking that Beyond Meat, faux fur, tofurkey, etc, are proof that capitalism can benefit animals.

The driving force behind capitalism is greed. Capitalism only alleviates suffering if there is money to be made in doing so. Capitalism rewards the exploitation of both people and animals exponentially more than it rewards not exploiting them.

Efficiency in slaughtering animals is rewarded by greater profits for reducing the costs of producing meat. There are no rewards or incentives for more humane treatment of those doomed animals, as such humane treatment increases costs. That is precisely why Big Ag opposes reducing the speed of slaughterlines, even though fast lines mean one in every twelve calves is still alive and conscious when their legs are chainsawed off.


Attempts to legislate or enforce more humane treatment are fought by industry lobbyists by bribes to candidates and Members of Congress.

Only a socialist system, where no profit incentive for cruelty would exist, offers any hope to the thousands of billions of animals yet to be murdered by capitalists.

We are witness to an Animal Holocaust that is almost beyond comprehension. A billion animals per week die in slaughterhouses. TRILLIONS more die in the holds of factory ships, in laboratories, in nets, and millions are strangled, shot, trapped, bludgeoned, stabbed, poisoned and electrocuted.

Almost all of those are killed for profit.

Capitalism rewards cruelty and death. Businesses make money from animals. Meat, eggs, dairy, fur, leather, and animal entertainment (circuses, zoos, rodeos, aquatic parks, horse racing, dog racing, canned hunting), as well as breeding domestic animals, the exotic pet trade, vivisection, etc.

The goal of the Animal Rights movement is to end the Animal Holocaust. A goal none of us will live to see occur. An end to animal agriculture would be required: an end to slaughter. Such an achievement is a hundred years away, if not centuries. And even then it can only be accomplished if we rid the world of the economic system which rewards and encourages the exploitation of animals: capitalism,

In the short term, we may succeed in stopping whaling, sealing, banning puppy mills, kill shelters, horse slaughter, elephant and rhino poaching, etc, but unless we dismantle capitalism, 99% of animal cruelty, exploitation, and murder will continue unabated.


I urge, I beg, my conservative friends and acquaintances to examine what is important to them.

Taxes? Guns? Border walls? Are these more important to you than animals? Really?

You may love animals. You may rescue and foster. You may oppose trophy hunting and horse slaughter. You may oppose cruelty in slaughterhouses and on factory farms.

But the people who you vote for DO NOT!

It’s time to take a hard look at who you are. At what you believe. At what you value. At what is important.

And what you stand for.

If you stand for the animals, you cannot support capitalism.

Simple as that.

Apologists of capitalism would have you believe that it can be controlled. That it can change. That is can be channeled to end cruelty and protect the environment.

It cannot.

Capitalism is the enemy of animals and the enemy of our planet.

It is ultimately the enemy of humanity.

You cannot be an animal activist or an environmentalist and still be a capitalist. You probably think you can be, but you delude yourself and add to animal exploitation and death, add to environmental destruction.

Capitalism is the greatest evil ever visited upon the planet. It has claimed more victims than all wars, all tragedies, all human endeavor combined.

It is time to declare your allegiance. Time to take a stand. Time to grow a pair. Time to commit to revolution.

Time to put animals ahead of your petty, selfish, ridiculous issues.

 

 

Author’s Notes:

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12 thoughts on “A Plea to My Conservative Friends

  1. If, like the majority of vegans, your primary concern is animal factories, then you can regard preindustrial human societies as morally superior to modern industrial societies, whether socialist or capitalist. However, early humans were quite capable of causing mass extinctions, notably the Pleistocene extinctions of the Americas.

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    • No human societies trod as lightly upon the Earth, or were less injurious to animals, than were tribal Native Peoples. But as you observed, even they could be responsible for the extinction of species.

      I am not a fan of our species, and would push the extinction button were one to exist. Climate change may accomplish human extinction, along with the extinctions of thousands of other species, as scientists believe we are entering the Sixth Mass Extinction. More likely is that the human population is will be significantly culled by extreme weather, disease, war, and civil strife, revolution, etc, that human civilization will revert to a state not unlike aboriginal tribal societies.

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  2. While fully agreeing that any supporter of conservative political movements in modern day America is automatically antithetical to animal rights, I must again respectfully point out that bemoaning human greed and selfishness as a derivative of capitalist ideology is putting the cart before the horse. It’s the other way around: capitalism is simply the most egregious manifestation of an innate human propensity towards acquisitiveness and greed. While socialist societies might not routinely put on as vulgar displays of demented selfishness as we see ostentatiously exhibited in capitalist societies, the reason is likely more one of less opportunity (less disposable income) than moral superiority. At this point I’m ready to make a cash offer (since nothing else seems to work) if you, Roland, will simply name one socialist society now existent or from the past where animals were treated as anything other than commodities or natural resources, the same paradigm regnant in the capitalist West.

    A socialist society accepting of slavery would be in no way morally superior to a capitalist society that did the same, even if the slaves were of lesser number or somewhat better treated in the former; and there is nothing in the cannons of socialism that would preclude one class of citizens from unilaterally declaring themselves biologically or culturally superior to another class and treating the latter as purely a means of production to benefit the former. By now, after 10,000 years of human social evolution, a century and a half after Karl Marx, wouldn’t you think that someone, somewhere would have by now hit upon the right formula for a sustainable morally-superior socialist society? The fact, historically demonstrable, that nobody has deserves objective analysis. It can’t be all just the result of bad luck or missed opportunities, can it? I’d argue that the reason is because any society organized along socialist lines, no matter how high-minded or noble initially, will eventually falter because of humanity’s genetic baggage. Greed may not be good but it is writ large and indelibly in the human psyche. Socialism is only plausible if human nature is malleable enough to overcome this hard-wired instinct. So far, very few have managed to rise above it (outside the readership of this column!). Failure to acknowledge and come to grips with that fact is what makes leftist talk about the coming revolution and the socialist paradise-on-earth to follow, a fantasy.

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    • Anthropologists and sociologists point to aboriginal tribes as proof that greed is a learned rather than innate behavior. Capitalist societies reinforce such behavior as laudable. Socialist societies attempt to teach egalitarianism, empathy, and altruism.

      My support of socialism is directly related to the mechanical effect of economics on animal production, exploitation, and consumption. Socialist societies murder and consume half the animals, per capita, as do capitalist societies. The combined effect of removing profit from production, centrally planned and regulated industry, bureaucratic inefficiency, etc, means fewer animals are bred, murdered, and butchered. On a global scale, socialism would mean 30 BILLION fewer animals dying each year on slaughterhouse floors than are murdered now. It would mean one and a quarter TRILLION fewer sea creatures killed each year.

      And this would be under socialist societies which did not care a whit about animals. The effect of socialist economics alone would save more lives than thirty thousand animal movements.

      Capitalist apologists observe that the left is as indifferent to animal suffering as is the right. That is somehow supposed to militate for capitalism? Capitalism is the most evil force ever unleashed by humans. It institutionalizes the basest of human behaviors and instincts, and suppresses the essence of all that is admirable in our species.

      The future of humanity, if there is to be one, must be a socialist future. Not because socialism is a more moral system than is capitalism (which it is), but because capitalism will eventually destroy the environment, extinguishing humans, animals, oceans, rivers, rainforests, and the very air we all breathe.

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    • As members in capitalist societies, it is second nature to us to come to defend capitalism, in doing so is to defend our own means of existence, rather than confront its own atrocities. In its defense, we claim that it is our own human nature to be greedy, and as a result, capitalism is only ‘natural’. We don’t stop to think that, there is no such thing as ‘human nature’ without a society to inform it. In a greedy society, greed becomes human nature. In a sharing society, sharing becomes second nature. Make no mistake, human nature is very malleable, you need only change the foundation of society.

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      • “there is no such thing as ‘human nature’ without a society to inform it.”

        Could not disagree more! One of many leftist conceits is the notion that humans, unlike every other known animal species on the planet, is somehow, miraculously, bereft of genetically-programmed innate, instinctual, hard-wired behavior patterns. That such behavioral propensities and imperatives were left behind when humans developed the capacity for rational thought and reasoning. That nature will inevitably succumb to nurture with respect to our lone species. That “greed”, which in the rough-and-tumble natural world has a distinct survival advantage, can be replaced by altruism if only we “teach the children” correctly. If such were the case, why, historically speaking, do we see so few successful societies (“successful” here meaning sustainable, long-lasting and politically powerful) based on sharing rather than competition? Why does capitalism, throughout modern history, seem to be the default organizing principle for human societies? Why, in the 21st Century at this late point in human cultural evolution, is capitalism the regnant economic system in the world today? There has to be a reason other than mere chance. I would argue that the main reason for the abject failure of idealistic leftist/socialist movements throughout history and in the world today is their failure to acknowledge, or even to recognize, the inescapable biological basis of much of human behavior. You can’t just wish away inconvenient truths.

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  3. Isn’t fear the “driving force” of greed?

    I don’t think eating animals is about capitalism or socialism. I can imagine a socialist world where the consumption of animal flesh remains at a rate that exists today.

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    • My support of socialism is directly related to the mechanical effect of economics on animal production, exploitation, and consumption. Socialist societies murder and consume half the animals, per capita, as do capitalist societies. The combined effect of removing profit from production, centrally planned and regulated industry, bureaucratic inefficiency, etc, means fewer animals are bred, murdered, and butchered. On a global scale, socialism would mean 30 BILLION fewer animals dying each year on slaughterhouse floors than are murdered now. It would mean one and a quarter TRILLION fewer sea creatures killed each year.

      And this would be under socialist societies which did not care a whit about animals. The effect of socialist economics alone would save more lives than thirty thousand animal movements.

      Capitalist apologists observe that the left is as indifferent to animal suffering as is the right. That is somehow supposed to militate for capitalism? Capitalism is the most evil force ever unleashed by humans. It institutionalizes the basest of human behaviors and instincts, and suppresses the essence of all that is admirable in our species.

      The future of humanity, if there is to be one, must be a socialist future. Not because socialism is a more moral system than is capitalism (which it is), but because capitalism will eventually destroy the environment, extinguishing humans, animals, oceans, rivers, rainforests, and the very air we all breathe.

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