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General Linguistics => Linguist's Lounge => Topic started by: FlatAssembler on January 12, 2019, 08:08:53 AM

Title: Vegetarianism
Post by: FlatAssembler on January 12, 2019, 08:08:53 AM
So, what do people on this forum think about vegetarianism? I have been a vegetarian for a few years, and it being the right choice seems like a no-brainer to me mow. I've made a short web-page about it here:
http://flatassembler.000webhostapp.com/vegetarianism.html
The real question appears to be why there is so much anti-vegetarianism on the Internet (I've written a long page about it and linked to it at the bottom of the page I linked to here). Well, I think that it has to do with the fact that most of the people get familiar with Marxism before they hear the ethical arguments for vegetarianism. In short, that people become so obsessed about exploitation and oppression that they do not see exploitation and oppression where it's actually happening.
Both Marxism and the vegetarian philosophy talk about exploitation and oppression. However, they use those words rather differently. An excellent one-liner pointing to the problem of the use of the words exploitation and oppression in Marxism I've heard is this: "Here is a person who happens to have a lot of money. Be careful so that he doesn't give you some in exchange for some small service, because that's oppression and exploitation.". On the other hand, the vegetarian philosophy is saying: "The meat industry is killing countless sentient animals for no good reason, and it uses the government, including the school system, to spread dangerous myths to make it look like it's necessary. That's exploitation and oppression and it should be ended.". But I suppose many people don't see those words are used differently. I think that what's going on in most of the people's mind when they hear the ethical arguments for vegetarianism is either "Animals are being exploited and oppressed? Who cares, a much bigger problem are the textile workers oppressed and exploited in the sweatshops." or "Exploitation and oppression, with all their flaws, are necessary and they gave us all the good things we have now. We've tried to end exploitation and oppression countless times and just made things worse.".
I was just wondering what you guys think about it, I am not planning to respond too much.