“But, the phenomenon of animal crackers remains problematic and part of a wider culture of speciesism.”

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Looks delicious...

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:20 (one year ago) link

it seems undesirable to say that slaves in the C18th southern US didn't have a right to life and freedom.

The rights of slaves to life and freedom were argued into existence. Once the abolitionists succeeded in establishing the grounds for the argument upon whether God's commandments, as conceived by the Christian religion, required its adherents to treat slaves with a love equal to their love for themselves, then it became a theological battle over what God's law required of Christians.

The most acceptable formulation of this would be that the right of slaves in the C18th southern US to life and freedom were unrecognized. Once we emerged from our state of confusion, those rights were recognized and became effective as well as implicit. But that just disguises the theological content of the argument.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:21 (one year ago) link

I think they had those rights already, but unrecognised. And those rights emerge from reason, in a Kantian manner. They were always there.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:25 (one year ago) link

I think the lyrics of The Battle Hymn of the Republic reflect a truer image of the abolitionist mindset than the writings of Kant.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:29 (one year ago) link

I'm not saying Kant was an abolitionist - he got lots wrong in his extention of moral oligations/proscriptions. Korsgaard does really interesting stuff on animal rights from a Kantian perspective.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:35 (one year ago) link

(Which Kant obviously didn't have in mind)

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:35 (one year ago) link

I'm fairly impressed that a thread which began discussing how problematic animal crackers are managed to go so much downhill. Who'd have thought it could sink so low?

Frederik B, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:38 (one year ago) link

so if i come across a tribe in the jungle that practices slavery and cannibalism and rape of captives etc. then i can just do that to them?

If you have no moral philosophy, then nothing either internal or external would prevent you from enslaving, raping, or eating members of that tribe, if you had it in your power to do so.

If you are a moral philosopher and accept the tribe as being equally as human as those you have granted the right to not be enslaved, raped or eaten, then your philosophy requires you to fall back exclusively on your own right to self-defense so that you may freely resist being enslaved, raped or eaten without imposing those outcomes on this hypothetical tribe.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:45 (one year ago) link

there are no moral obligations hows that

there are moral obligations to the same extent that there are legal obligations. it's a personal choice to follow them, but if you choose not to the community may punish you. of course the legal community's punishments are stricter and more coercively applied than the moral community's.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Thursday, 6 December 2018 07:52 (one year ago) link



j., Thursday, 6 December 2018 08:00 (one year ago) link

Basically I find any suggestion that nonhuman animals are interchangeable with humans as moral subjects to be offensive and also wrong.

well yeah that’s what a speciesist would say

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 7 December 2018 02:35 (one year ago) link

I'm stuck on the pure veganism people due to a friend explaining that a local dude who is semi-prominent in some circles, who talks about the morality of veganism, going on about how he shouldn't need health insurance. Because he's not old, vegan, and has a really good motorcycle insurance policy. So there's no chance he'd have a need for a lot of medical spending.

I mean ideally 99% of people with health insurance would have that profile, that's why it's insurance but... mote in my brother's eye etc

mh, Friday, 7 December 2018 02:41 (one year ago) link

just for that i would commit acts of violence against him, but thats just me

21st savagery fox (m bison), Friday, 7 December 2018 02:42 (one year ago) link

lots of very left-wing people are very averse to veganism and get upset about it. my favourite one i ever got - and i never, ever proselytized when i was vegan - (obviously from a fucking white person) was some concern about it being a colonialist mindset because first nations peoples' traditional ways of life include hunting and fishing, using the whole animal etc. and the very obvious rejoinder was "you're white lol and I'm not telling indigenous people to stop their very responsible stewardship of their traditional lands i just think you, white person, should maybe consume less animal products"

OTM but you can also assure them that late capitalism uses the whole animal much more efficiently than First Nations people who lack jello and crayons etc etc

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 7 December 2018 02:43 (one year ago) link

look if you're not eating the tongue and the cheeks then kill your children then yourself

biliares now living will never buey (Noodle Vague), Friday, 7 December 2018 02:46 (one year ago) link

xxp but he is vegan, which clears his moral concerns including social interests lol

mh, Friday, 7 December 2018 03:55 (one year ago) link

xp aside: Most of the reason I have health insurance is so that I don't get charged the cash payer price. Emergency rooms in the US, especially, will demand charges drawn from thin air for anyone who doesn't have corporate negotiators working on their behalf.

Sanpaku, Friday, 7 December 2018 06:47 (one year ago) link

do any noninsured e.r. bills get paid though?

rip van wanko, Friday, 7 December 2018 06:57 (one year ago) link


the "I'm a very responsible person" argument completely fails when you realize insurance (in the ideal case, admittedly our insurance system is really broken) is there for the cases where you'd really have no way to pay. like, surprise! you're the one 35 year old in hundreds of thousands who has some weird cancer and treating it costs $$$

or you get hit by a car and no one can find the driver, or... really a million possibilities

mh, Friday, 7 December 2018 15:00 (one year ago) link

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