Veganism is a topic that seems to come up in my world in waves. I personally do not eat or use dead animals or animal products, but that is just a given, so it often isn't something I think or talk about. Then every now and then a conversation sparks the topic, and it keeps bubbling up over the following weeks. I wrote an article about amino acids two days ago, and then yesterday morning watched this video by @ura-soul. (I wrote most of this yesterday, but Steemit was down so it's been delayed until today)
Then, one of the next things up on my YouTube recommendations (because DAMN are their algorithms good!) was this video by one of my favorite YTers: Mic. The Vegan. The video is a "live response" to a new video from InfoWars, titled: Veganism Transforms Into A Globalist Cult
First off, the InfoWars reporter "Milennial Millie" is making outrageous claims with nothing to back them up, quoting "studies" while linking to projections (which actually oppose her idea), and generally being... exactly what one would expect from Alex Jones.
Following is the original video, after which I will respond to Millie's claims & statements.
Literally the opening line of the video (followed by the standard intro clip)...
Essentially, the vegan ideology can be used as a vehicle to usher in globalism and globalist policies.
Any issue can be used as a vehicle for globalism due to the control mechanisms of the media & education systems. The fact that the State will take every opportunity for growth doesn't really have anything to do with veganism.
Now as innocent as veganism may seem, if you actually scratch the surface, the more you'll find when you start questioning vegans and their lifestyle, it's a lot bigger than just diet. It's actually an ideology, and to some degree it's a cult.
Wow, "as innocent as veganism may seem"... not trying to lead the audience at all here. Yes, obviously it's a lot bigger than diet, there are dead animals/animal torture involved in all sorts of things that people take for granted (like clothing, beauty products, etc). Besides that, someone who is principled enough to change their life in one massive way to align with their principles is likely to do so in other ways as well.
Ideology, defined by Oxford:
- A system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.
1.1 The set of beliefs characteristic of a social group or individual."
Cult, defined by Oxford:
- A system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object.
1.1 A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or as imposing excessive control over members.
Nope, definitely not either of those things. There isn't even a firm consensus on what exactly the word "vegan" means, much less a group or religious system.
Blah Blah Blah, because people eat fruit from other places, veganism requires globalism
She goes on a rant here for quite some time, about how it's impossible to be vegan without surviving off imported foods, thus necessitating globalism. It helps that she's only talking to people in northern climates, and that tropical places don't exist, and neither do things like greenhouses & aquaponics. We are capable of growing most anything, most anywhere if we really want to, and humans can thrive on even just the local & climate-friendly fruits, vegetables, and fungi most anywhere if they are mindfully cultivating & preserving.
Even if the case were that fruit imported from tropical places was the only way to survive on a vegan diet (which it isn't... and most humans live in tropical places), how is that any different from the current model of animal & grain-based diets, which also require their food-sources to be shipped from all over the place? This is not an argument against (or even to do with) veganism, but an argument against the idea of people just wanting what they want, right now, regardless of how unsustainable it is to have it where they are.
During this section she featured Earthling Ed a little bit (though really shoddily cut together), and him explaining the gradual shift to veganism, that there may be bumps in the road. Besides that she mostly just harps again and again on how people living "in this northern region" can't sustain themselves without global trade, which is just untrue. Ed even acknowledges how scary the world globalization is for InfoWars (a business based exclusively on a global trade infrastructure), and Millie never actually talks about or even hints at the actual issues of state controls, UN regulations, Globalization in a violent, NWO sense, just in terms of shipping goods from place to place.
Ed: All the grain that's used in this country alone [to feed animals to be killed & eaten] could feed 800 million humans, which means we could eradicate world hunger with just the grain that's fed to animals in this country alone.
Millie: Well, here's how that's actually not necessarily the case...
Here's the Cornell study he was referencing: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/1997/08/us-could-feed-800-million-people-grain-livestock-eat
From here, she goes into how a "global population census" (it was not any kind of census) and makes a bunch of false claims about population size, resources needed to feed humans, etc., pretending to quote this Rockefeller paper, which actually completely disagrees with her. She even shows a screenshot from the paper which quoted: "...humans are already growing enough cereal grains to feed 10 billion people a vegetarian diet."
*Because there is a lot of good potential farmland is on the eastern half of the land currently occupied by the United States, Inc., veganism would mean stealing all of those people's homes and businesses and destroying everything to make it farms.
What? WTF? How is this jump making any sense? One minute ago she was harping on how people in "the north" (Euro-Americans) depend on the global south for all their food, and that's why veganism needs globalism... now the problem is that the middle east & east of the US empire's lands are the new fertile crescent? And I have to assume she is actively choosing to ignore the fact that most of the land she is referring to there is ALREADY farmland! Grains & cattle make up most of the regions she was indicating.
The closing of this particular section is them showing small video clips from @thevenusproject and talking about how agenda 2030 is a forced, vegan, RBE system...
Millie: Do you want to pass laws & ban meat?
Random Human: Yes
Earthling Ed(102k subscribers): No
Millie: All vegans want to pass laws banning meat & animal farming
Don't really need to say anything about this one, pretty standard only-two-possibilities mindset put forth in the mainstream American culture.
"Do we really want to risk letting our domesticated animals become extinct?"
Seriously? She actually sounds like she's trying to make herself cry at the end of that sentence. Isn't it strange how someone can see the forced insemination, separation of children from mothers, lives in captivity, and murder for consumption as something these animals would be missing out on if they weren't being bred.
She then goes on to make it clear that this isn't about the animals' lives or well-being, but the investment over thousands of years that humans have made into domesticating these animals...
Total misunderstanding of the definition of moral relativism... while demonstrating moral relativism
Ed is explaining that humans are also animals, and Millie goes off on a rant about how claiming that a human life or an animal's life are equal is relativism... which it is clearly a demonstration of moral absolutes: to kill is wrong. She follows by claiming that the argument against killing (in general) is exclusive to "Christian morals & ethics"
Attempting to use the Cain & Abel story to prove her point, completely backfires
Millie explains the story of Cain & Abel. God asked for animal sacrifice. Cain offered god fruits & vegetables as a sacrifice.. Abel offered a dead animal as a sacrifice. God is unhappy with Cain, happy with Abel. Cain kills Abel in jealousy....
This has nothing to do with veganism.
"Was the first murder done by a vegan?"
More complete bullshit, anthropocentric world view... and closes by attempting to sell a dietary supplement (Carnivore*) which helps by "minimizing the later indigestion & discomfort commonly associated with high-meat diets."
All in all, just a terrible video, it seems likely that the whole thing was simply done as prep for the commercial at the end, to get people all riled up against "those damn vegans", so they'll buy extra Carnivore.
For anyone who actually watches InfoWars... please stop!
For anyone who actually thinks that veganism is part of the NWO, Agenda 21/2030, eugenicist plans, just stop and think about the very basis of veganism: respect for life & non-violence. It is impossible to go all the way down the vegan rabbit hole and not end up anarchist, or to go all the way down the anarchist rabbit hole and not end up vegan.
If either of these concepts, or their intersections, appeal to you please read this AMAZING series by @mckeever:
- Vegan Anarchy: A world without government & slaughterhouses
- Vegan Anarchy: Are vegans and anarchists 'preachy'?
- Vegan Anarchy: The science of liberty for humans & animals
- Vegan Anarchy: The brutality of war & mass murder
- Vegan Anarchy: The wonderful gift of free will
- Vegan Anarchy: Awakening the Sacred Feminine
- Vegan Anarchy: Awakening the Sacred Masculine
- Vegan Anarchy: You're already a Vegan Anarchist
- Vegan Anarchy: Empathy is the Key
- Vegan Anarchy: The simple wisdom of the Golden Rule
- Vegan Anarchy: Do animals have the right to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness
- Vegan Anarchy: 'Vegans force their beliefs on others!'
- Vegan Karma: What if an advanced race of beings reared humans for food?
- Vegan Anarchy: 'Vegans are extremists!'
- Vegan Anarchy: Can animals give consent?
- Vegan Anarchy: Is carnism a bigger evil than statism?