If you think the fundamental principles of the Socialist and Animal Rights (edit: blanket labels I know) movements are inextricably linked, you are wrong.
Hey guys. I’m amazing. And I shouldn’t be posting for the first time on this blog right now because I have an intensely large assignment to complete. I AM NOT PROCRASTINATING.
Alright, I had half of a long intelligent post about this written a couple days back but I abandoned it because I sounded like a condescending jerk. I probably still do, but I don’t really care. Who are you anyway? Some guy raging against the machine? A pamphlet-happy little red soldier intending to get involved in some awesome STUDENT ACTIVISM. Well i mean, I’m not going to worry too much if you are. Stroke Marx’s beard all you want, son. Just don’t assume that because I’m a vegan I’m going to help wave the banner in your campaign to immensely increase the scope of government.
You are on firm ground if you make the link that someone who avoids all animal products probably isn’t really into animal cruelty. It probably isn’t what they’re about right. They may think that the unnecessary abuse and murder of animals is not something they wish to actively support. This makes sense. We are on the same page. All is well.
The problem arises when you streamline animal rights into being just a subset of your overall political agenda. Excuse me for one second, but I believe this issue might be just important enough to transcend a few barriers in this area. Conflating highly contentious ideas such as affirmative action, strong wealth redistribution and protectionism with animal rights is absurd. To me, this is so obvious that I am perplexed by the fact that EVERYONE seems to do it.
I’m not going to write anymore right now because I sound like a complete dick and I have work to do. In all seriousness though, read the literature available on the aforementioned political issues. They are certainly not quite as clear cut as a movement which believes humans should treat animals with even the slightest amount of respect.