I like Lauren Southern. She’s sharp, she’s savvy, and her looks certainly don’t hurt her any. But recently, she released a video where she questions ‘veganism’ with a staffer of hers, and she leaves the best rebuttal just laying on the table. Here’s the video:
Early on, the vegan crew member claims he follows his diet due to a libertarian principle – the non-aggression principle. That’s a canard – the NAP involves dealing with other people, and all it states that it is incorrect to initiate the use of force, but not to respond to it with force in kind.
But that’s not the point. The staffer makes the inevitable vegan assertion that his diet causes ‘less harm’ than a diet that includes meat, i.e. Ms. Southern’s diet. Given this assertion, I would respond as follows:
“All right. Let’s examine your assertion. You are claiming your diet causes less harm to animals than mine. OK. So your diet has a level of harm to animals involved – let’s call that value A. My diet likewise has a level of harm to animals – let’s call that value B. Now you are asserting that A<B. To establish this, you have to produce values for A and B. And, you have to include all sources of harm, including animals killed in the processes of growing, harvesting and transporting your food. So, go. Show your work.”
That rarely fails to leave the ‘ethical’ vegans stuttering.
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This Week’s Cultural Edification:
Back in the early Eighties, the genre of “tech-rock” began to surface, inspired by acts like Devo and the Talking Heads. I didn’t much care for Devo, as they struck me as kind of a one-trick pony. I did kind of enjoy the Talking Heads, though.
Their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues was pretty good, and my favorite of that disk was the single Burning Down the House. There was, of course, a typically early-Eighties music video to go along with the song, and here it is – enjoy.