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  • in reply to: Sri Lanka paper reprints socialist articles #124563

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    in reply to: Cooking the Books: Beyond Economics #122793

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    Given that this related essay is co-authored by an economics graduate with a PhD in marketing and a philosopher,'Star Trek': Space-Time Compression and the Eventual Death of Money is much better than expected.

    in reply to: Only Vegans can save the world #121201

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     I guess I'm an atypical Vegan: kill those headlice and eradicate the Guinea Worm!   I know of one Socialist Vegan who takes  the all life is sacred attitude.   I recently let him know that he can relax a little as the extermination of Guinea Worms has been delayed by them taking a fancy to dogs, and that as a result he is not going to feel obliged to act as a host in the near future!   I consider the honey debate  rather academic as I have not eaten any since 1989.  The same is true of animal protein.    I do however recall a man walking up and down Oxford Street with the placard Too Much Protein Causes Lust!    By the way, the Vegan I mentioned is not without his foibles: he keeps an obligate carnivore as a pet!

    in reply to: Only Vegans can save the world #121198

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    The shoulder of mutton was attached to a living animal.   The technology exists to grow meat, which is preferable in my mind as no suffering is involved.   I could not kill an animal in order to eat it and by being Vegan no one does this dirty work for me.   I 'police' what I consume and do not expect others to do likewise, i.e., they choose for themselves if they eat fish, insects or any other animals.   With regard to honey, I believe the Vegan Society (UK) once considered consumption of this animal product acceptable, but now do not.   You can read why most Vegans eschew honey here.

    in reply to: Only Vegans can save the world #121194

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    Here's an alternative view which may bring comfort for some:The moral high ground of food just shifted a little bit.   Using biophysical simulation models to compare 10 eating patterns, researchers found that eating fewer animal products will increase the number of people that can be supported by existing farmland. But as it turns out, eliminating animal products altogether isn’t the best way to maximize sustainable land use. Their work was published in Elementa, a journal on the science of the anthropocene.   The researchers considered the vegan diet, two vegetarian diets (one that includes dairy, the other dairy and eggs), four omnivorous diets (with varying degrees of vegetarian influence), one low in fats and sugars, and one akin to the modern American dietary pattern.   Based on their models, the vegan diet would feed fewer people than two of the vegetarian and two of the four omnivorous diets studied. The bottom line: Going cold turkey on animal-based products may not actually be the most sustainable long choice for humanity in the long term:I could not work in a slaghterhouse and do not expext anyone to do this dirty work for me.   When I first realised this I became a Vegan, less than five years after joining the SPGB.  This article touches on some related issues.

    in reply to: Socialists Are Scarcity Deniers! #121177

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    Several Comrades have taken this opprtunity to make useful and detailed contributions, but one is still lacking –  a reply to the author https://twitter.com/jeffreyatucker from our twitter account.

    in reply to: A Marxist Critique of Anarchism #115003

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    A socialist tour de force.   Entertaining and informative.

    in reply to: As A Marxist Frankly I’m Skeptical #119878

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    Who needs Zizek when we have Comrade Wigley?!   Worth revisiting.

    in reply to: commemorations and anniversaries #116075

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    Well, we could wait until September  2017 for the 30th anniversary of the Next Generation.   I do not recall Kirk talking like this.

    in reply to: commemorations and anniversaries #116073

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    We should not forget the 50th anniversary of Star Trek this September.

    in reply to: The long awaited homeopathy thread #113503

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    Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies. 

    in reply to: SPGBer founder had a school named after him #112384

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    Hi!I note Barltrop is also to be found on the same site, although the PDF is, annoyingly for me, devoid of content! 

    in reply to: Marxist Animalism #106417

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    Dogs, whether for dinner or display, are often treated as just another commodity in a world where everything is for sale:Bred for looks, not health, many purebred dogs are drawn from a genetic wading pool that might have been designed by a cabal of Ralph Lauren, Dr. Frankenstein, Walt Disney and David Koch.    Even socially aware consumers who sneer at $5,000 designer purses, and animal defenders who deplore the cruelties of commercial livestock production, buy into trendy canines. Purebreds are commodities like any other luxury good, and breeding them is big business. Registered golden retrievers go for up to $3,000, English bulldogs for $9,000, and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel can cost $14,000, almost as much as a Honda Fit.   But neither price, pedigree nor being loved like a member of the family can shield a dog from the pain, breathing difficulties, cancer, panoply of debilitating genetic disorders, mental illness, crippling physiognomy and shortened life span that disproportionately plague purebreds…http://inthesetimes.com/article/17910/bred-to-death

    in reply to: Marxist Animalism #106294

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    We know such activity would be of no more worth than a band aid.   My original questions were: who will perform such dirty work in a Socialist world and could you slaughter animals on a regular basis and prepare them for consumption?

    in reply to: Marxist Animalism #106289

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    Why would your granddaughter or anyone else be starving in a Socialist world?

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