Category Archives: Crony Rationalism

Pollan Up To His Old Fallacies

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The rationalizations of Michael Pollan were explored on this site some time ago here. Sadly, he has not progressed or phased out his old fallacies. They have just been repackaged. Pollan is like religions: he would scarcely be as popular or be able to earn a living were it not for promoting meat eating.

Now he’s back with a series on Netflix that I cannot be bothered watching. For this reason, I repost this takedown by Robert Grillo, guest blogger over at Vegan Place. Here it is:

Putting Out Michael Pollan’s Fire
Robert Grillo

Last night I watched “Fire,” the first episode of Michael Pollan’s Netflix mini-series Cooked based on his book by the same name. • • •

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Rationalized Normality and Pollan’s Natural Fallacy

The selective skepticism of some progressives leads them to criticism those devoted to animal and environmental protection, yet those same progressives ignore or even support the exceedingly unethical conduct and injustices of crony capitalism and corporatocracy—what Michael Pollan describes as “the tendency of the economic impulse to erode the moral underpinnings of society”[1]Michael Pollan, “An Animal’s Place,” New York Times Magazine (November 10, 2002), http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/10/magazine/an-animal-s-place.html.—in other words, the very things animal and environmental advocates often find themselves fighting against. • • •

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Humanism’s Tyranny & Failed Progressives

Humanists are not the most popular thinkers among animal rights groups because they tend to be flat-out speciesist. The very terms humanist and humanism are themselves speciesist, suggesting a human-centered and even human-only focus. Many of these humanist intellectuals are indistinguishable from their religious counterparts in their actions and attitudes toward nonhuman animals. Indeed, you get humanists quite happy to proclaim they are speciesist and exhibit disregard for other sentient animals.

You would not expect it from someone steeped in cultural history with a heighten sensitivity to artworks—someone like Robert Hughes, for example. But he was the same. What would drive an intellectual with an eye for art and beauty, a man with fame and wealth, to go into a landscape and blast away at small animals? • • •

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