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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When it comes to exercising outrage, people tend to be very selective. Could it be that humans are our least favorite animal?

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Matt from Chicago

This is a really feeble analogy. Dylan is correct, but being far too charitable by saying that the outraged party’s agency is the only issue here. Say our kid giraffe is an unhappy cow on offer for dinner; electing to have beef for dinner necessarily entails the suffering and death of the moral subject with whom the outraged are concerned. In the case of the avocado, we’re concerned with the well-being of those growing the avocados, but it wouldn’t matter what we were willing to buy from them. If it were cheese, diamonds, or tech support, the Templars would still extort them. If there were nothing we would buy from them, the Templars would only leave them alone if they truly had no surplus to speak of. So to denying them any gains from trade simply because they come at a higher cost than we might think they ought to, is precisely to make those moral subjects with whose welfare we were concerned even worse off!

Jun. 03 2014 05:11 PM
dylan from NY

Perhaps the outrage relating to Marius is due to that it is a institutional action in which the public is complicit. We don't consider ourselves one with the criminals or distant farmers but the zoo keeper we pay to display & care for defenseless animals. That's different. no? That's US doing the killing.

Apr. 24 2014 10:11 AM

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