Moving on: There’s nuts, there’s really nuts, and there’s really really nuts.
Then there’s this guy. Excerpt:
A professor at the University of Texas at El Paso wrote a manifesto saying that animal-rights activists must rise up and commit “illegal raids” and “sabotage attacks” in order to save the world from a “mass extinction.” In a 2009 piece for the Animal Liberation Front titled “Manifesto for Radical Abolitionism: Total Liberation By Any Means Necessary,” associate professor of philosophy Steven Best says that groups like PETA are just not radical or progressive enough. After all, they work with corporations (boo!) “in order to regulate, not eliminate, the ongoing nonhuman animal holocaust.” Best explains that capitalism is “destructive,” the state is a “corrupt tool,” and keeping animals enslaved will definitely lead to a “mass extinction” — and so basically it’s just not enough to go vegan or adopt a rescue puppy.
We endorse a form of abolition that (1) defends the use of high-pressure direct action tactics, along with illegal raids, rescues, and sabotage attacks; (2) views capitalism as an inherently irrational, exploitative, and destructive system, and sees the state as a corrupt tool whose function is to advance the economic and military interests of the corporate domination system and to repress opposition to its agenda; (3) has a broad, critical understanding of how different forms of oppression are interrelated, seeing human animal, nonhuman animal, and earth liberation as inseparable projects; and, thus, (4) promotes an anti-capitalist alliance politics with other rights, justice, and liberation movements who share the common goal of dismantling all systems of hierarchical domination and rebuilding societies through decentralization and democratization processes.
Scratch a leftie, and you’ll find a would-be tyrant.
There are two things that are amazing about this story.
First – this barking-nuts horse’s ass is a college professor? Seriously? In what sane universe should this guy be allowed in a position where he can influence young minds? In Texas, no less! Last I checked, the FBI recognized the Animal Liberation Front and the allied Earth Liberation Front as domestic terrorist organizations. So why is this jackass still teaching?
Second – what kind of a looney-tunes world would result if this idiot actually got what he wanted? Think about that for a moment.
Fortunately, (and speaking as the guy who literally wrote the book on these goofs – see the cover to the right) there just aren’t enough radical animal rights kooks to make a difference. But the fact that this particular one is in a position to shape young people’s minds- that’s not forgivable. Someone at U of Texas El Paso (in addition to Steven Best) needs to have his damned head examined.