There aren’t exactly a ton of vegan capitalists, but they do exist. Along with these rare folks, any nonvegan capitalist should be angry about this government bail-out of dairy farmers:
“the Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment Program [is] a $290 million effort aimed at helping the nation’s dairy farmers get through hard times. Earlier this year, the average Wisconsin dairy farm was losing about $100 per cow each month – $4 million a day for the state’s dairy industry – as farm-milk prices plummeted.” (source)
Either it’s a free market or it isn’t. Either we can vote with our dollars or we can’t.
It appears that we can’t.
And just to connect the dots here, it’s not just self-identified capitalists who should take note: Anyone who promotes the idea that conscientious consumption is enough to change the world must acknowledge that declining demand for immoral products won’t result in any change if governments step in and rescue immoral businesses.
Said another way,”The world is vegan. If you want it.” campaign is terribly fllawed.
Conscientious consumption/ boycotts/ personal veganism is one of many tools in our toolbox. But alone, it won’t change the world. At best, to think it will is naive. At worst, it’s delusional and distracting.
Go vegan, stay vegan, encourage others to go vegan. Do it because it’s the right thing to do, not because you have some delusion of your importance and you think your habits will change the world. Just do the right thing! Do it now!
But don’t think being vegan is enough to change the world. Do more. Or support the people who do more.
And… for those who condemn conscientious consumption campaigns completely, merely because they’re too myopic, consider the campaigns you promote and how narrow their focuses are as well. If you say “by any means necessary” you can’t also reject effective methods like culinary activism. “Creative nonviolent vegan education” won’t do everything, but it is more than “viral vapidity.”
Do you hear yourselves, Prof. Francione and Dr. Best?