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Global Economics

The Economic Case for Taxing Meat

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Shackled cows in assembly line.

Shackled cows in assembly line. How far are we prepared to go to make a dollar or satisfy our habit of eating meat? With the new substitutes that resemble meat fiber to a fault, and are in fact superior in terms of nutrients, the last excuse has been removed. The palate does not suffer and vegetarianism does not mean to be an eater of bark. But the inertia continues and the suffering goes on. 

As tax season ramps up, we’re bound to hear proposals aimed at making the revenue system simpler and more efficient. A perennial is the “sin tax.” Rather than tax earnings—when we really want people to earn money—why not tax things we don’t want people to do? Add duties to cigarettes, alcohol, and carbon dioxide to slow people’s smoking, drinking, and polluting, and you’ll do them and the world a favor while raising revenue for schools, hospitals, and roads. But why stop there? It’s time to add one more sin to the list of habits that should be taxed: excessive meat consumption. Continue reading »

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Glossary of Major Distortions { Part One} 
BUILD YOUR OWN LIST!

(NOTE: This essay is a revised version of the original first published in the fall of 1982 in the premiere edition of Cyrano’s Journal, America’s First Radical Media Review. )

By Patrice Greanville

Capitalism is preferentially identified by its euphemisms: “Free Enterprise,” “market system,” “private enterprise.” “the American Way,” etc. Overt and pervasive partisanship in support of capitalism is not regarded by the American media as an ideological bias negating professional “objectivity” but rather comparable to the serene acceptance of natural laws. Continue reading »

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The egg industry grinds baby male chicks alive because they’re “useless.” 

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Isaac Bashevis Singer

“As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour towards creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.”
― Isaac Bashevis SingerEnemies, A Love Story, Nobel Prize, 1978

Neither their innocence nor their helplessness merit any consideration from the factory farming system where animals are mere cogs in a gigantic and impersonal money machine.  How much does this brutalize the humans who carry out these tasks day and day out, obviously out of desperation and sheer necessity? That is also carefully hidden from view. Continue reading »

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CIA's head Brennan. Our man in Kiev.

CIA’s Director John Brennan. Our man in Kiev.

The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule. 

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One of the biggest risks facing animals in the third world is lack of access to basic healthcare. This disparity accounts for a large number of dog culls, rabies outbreaks and street dogs. In Kampala, with the help of private donors and public campaigns, progress is being made. Continue reading »

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By Dan Brennan, Political Analyst, wsws.org 

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At last week’s National Action Network annual convention in New York City there was no shortage of high-profile politicians hobnobbing with the organization’s founder and president, Al Sharpton. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Attorney General Eric Holder all made appearances at the event. Business leaders, like McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson, and union bigwigs such as Gerry Hudson, vice president of SEIU, were honored with awards. The gathering of rich and powerful was capped off by President Obama’s keynote speech on Friday. Continue reading »

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Years of Living Dangerously
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Prelim note by the editor:
So we are to believe the media are finally taking their mission seriously when it comes to climate change?  But can cable specials that reach only a small segment of the audience do the job effectively while the political aspects, i.e., the stranglehold that the criminal oil industry has over the US government and other nations), are given scant attention? Still, we will not be complete spoilsports and pour cold water on these initiatives. Beggars can’t be choosers. We all know, however, in  the aware community, that a great deal still needs to be done. And that the media, in particular television, which continue to take the oil industry money (as they took cigarette money until such advertising was banned), and squander much of their programming hours on toxic escapism, say little about how the government provides no real leadership on this issue. As usual, money comes first.—PG Continue reading »

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