In 1975, the modern animal movement was born with the publication of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation. Since then, the Animal Holocaust has more than doubled in size. By any measure, the Animal Holocaust will continue to grow.
All of the animals saved by animal activists and vegans in the last 50 years are fewer than will be murdered on slaughterhouse floors in the next work shift.
Only governments could ban animal murder and enforce its prohibition. Capitalist governments will never do so. To end the horrors will require violent social revolution.
All of history demonstrates that oppression is never ended by appealing to the compassion of the oppressors. Power is never surrendered, it must be wrested away from those who hold it.
Animals have no power, no ability to fight for their freedoms. It will fall to those of us who champion them, and our task of winning those freedoms will necessarily be more difficult than would be winning our own. The more difficult the war, the more deadly it will be.
It is convenient to subscribe to the prevailing view that we must work within the law. By doing so we are not at risk. We are free to ignore the horrors with clear consciences. We convince ourselves that to do otherwise would accomplish little and cost ourselves much.
We are swallowing the establishment Kool-Aid by the gallon. The propaganda generated by those in power to control those out of power.
We are not alone in buying into the idea that fighting the government is futile.
Black Americans and Native Americans have been brutalized, victimized, and murdered by police across the country for over 200 years. Even today, in a supposedly enlightened America, young black men are gunned down in the streets by cops, killed in custody, incarcerated out of all proportion to the population. Even so, most African Americans are docile toward government. Most even support the status quo and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Native Americans actually fare worse. After hundreds of years of military and police action against Native Americans, broken treaties, confinement to reservations, and the theft of their lands and the murder of their forebears, Native Americans are still unwilling to engage in armed insurrection.
Were they to be willing to revolt, but reticent due to the odds of success, one could well understand their reluctance. The same with blacks. Most are willing to endure the status quo on the hope of future gains.
The result of even the most oppressed embracing the oppressors means that true freedom is well below the horizon for most people. And even further below the horizon for the animals.
But there are glimmers of hope. Bernie Sanders’ political revolution has inspired and activated a new generation of Americans. Donald Trump’s populist campaign against the establishment has wrested control of the Republican party from the hands of Big Business and Wall Street. Political unrest in the UK became an uprising against the elites and plutocrats who run the British government. Populist opposition to the oligarchs of the European Union has been ignited in several countries. Globalization, the mantra of multinational corporations, central banks, and capitalist governments, is now being seriously challenged.
Political revolution is a far cry from social revolution, but they are on the same road that radicals are traveling.
And if political revolution is suppressed and its advocates are attacked and marginalized by the political establishment, social revolution becomes the only option for progressives and people of conscience.
Animal advocates need to be ready to join, if not lead, the revolution.
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