“Chicken nuggets are my family” joked a “leftist” on Twitter in between very truly sincere, deeply important and useful hours and hours of handwringing over US imperialism.
Of course chicken nuggets have everything to do with imperialism, and even fucking Thomas Friedman knows this: “McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas” he famously wrote. But attempting to bring our actual habits into line with our political principles is just sooo liberal, as are, presumably, any misgivings we might have about dropping uncompensated advertising for giant fast food multinationals into streams of robotic, entirely inconsequential outrage over ruling class predation. We can’t do anything til after the rev, kids, which is, um, coming. Til then, bon appétit!
Except where Israel is concerned. Every worthy radical must boycott the one or two Israeli products they might actually consume once or twice a year. Also, make sure that when you haul your affluent fat ass onto a plane for climate-damaging leisure travel, it’s to somewhere other than the zionist entity. And don’t forget to spend hours on Twitter calling out micro-celebrities embarked upon psy ops aimed at their micro-followings. That’s real praxis also.
But don’t even think about withdrawing material support — and free advertising — from an industry that is ruinous to the environment, bad for your health, imperialist in the extreme, and that routinely visits unimaginable cruelty on billions of non-human animals. To do otherwise is not just liberal but also racist, culturally imperialist and anti-labor depending on what unbearably ridiculous booj pseud you listen to.
How I’ve come to hate this nonsense. I actually prefer right-wingers in some ways. So much less vanity if nothing else. And no right-winger anywhere ever cried “cultural imperialism” or “racism” to defend their own filthy, vicious, imperialist habits. Please, if you’re going to be a fucking nihilistic, repulsively childish slob where diet is concerned, at least have the decency to shut the fuck up about it. Tolerance for your bullshit is part of the disease. It’s enabling. And you’re a useless fraud, to put it nicely. So maybe shut up about everything else while you’re at it.
Even if one puts all meat-related issues aside to focus entirely on climate change, no self-respecting vegan should feel any reluctance to tell a meat cultist pretending to care about something other than their own appetites, to go fuck themselves. Nor should they indulge lessons in tolerance from moralizing, booj egotists who feel qualified to tell them where and how to draw lines against things that should have been taboo, if not outright illegal, decades ago. Tolerance for nihilistic gluttons is a tactical matter and nothing else. In fact, purely ethical consideration argues overwhelmingly for shaming and more.
Side note: My grocer only sells carrots from Israel which I promise to boycott after the rev. Until then, Israeli carrots are my family. Come at me, hypocrites.