By Patrice Greanville, Editor, TGP
Foie Gras: How it’s done. Courtesy of Sarah Edgar/Restaurant Business.
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Some readers have asked why we “waste” space on TGP defending ducks and geese…when there are so many urgent issues afflicting humans, the planet, and so on that need attention.
Such readers, am afraid, are missing the point, and their attitude is reminiscent of the famous “straw man argument” so frequently utilized by rightwingers, trolls, and corporate apologists to push back or shame leftists or anyone seeking to redress legitimate grievances. The assumption here, which seems so logical on the surface, is that there’s a scale of priorities in the universe of struggles against the status quo, and that concerning oneself with causes that, in the critic’s opinion, are of lesser value is questionable at best, and possibly a betrayal of the overall objectives of the struggle. Such attacks, mind you, usually originate with people who, while pelting activists for their supposed broken priority compass, do absolutely nothing to better this world in any way whatsoever. This, however, is not a fact that per se should disqualify their complaint. In truth, in a rational world, and following the most elementary rules of utilitarianism, we should pay attention to our priorities. We should always try to attend to the most urgent calamity afflicting the largest number of sentient creatures and inducing the most serious consequences. Waging any kind of battle, any kind of struggle, without a sense of where the importance of each campaign element lies is to doom the enterprise to chaos. Continue reading »
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