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
Last night I watched “Fire,” the first episode of Michael Pollan’s Netflix mini-series Cooked based on his book by the same name. • • •
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”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. • • •
Hostility toward animal advocacy is fairly typical among skeptics who know little about the subject or who think their ability to rationalize guarantees a righteousness on everything—you get this smug righteousness a lot in skeptical circles. The Non-Prophets, for example, an Austin based internet radio show, once addressed ethical veganism with a range of cliché fallacies and hypotheticals that would take pages to explain, but ultimately might-is-right trumped as their guide to moral authority.The Non-Prophets, Episode 8.8, April 25, 2009, http://www.nonprophetsradio.com/audio/The Non-Prophets 8.8.mp3.