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Confessions of a Vegan Libertarian
by Cathy Cuthbert

I lead a double life.

By day, I shop for organic produce in local health food stores and farmers’ markets. I talk with people about what’s in season, new vegan recipes, the next fermented food craze, and how to displaced cooked, junk foods — excuse the redundancy — in our families’ diets. I meet many people who are trying to reverse the hardship and disease that our modern food and medical industries have wrought. These are thoughtful people, open minded and willing to make huge changes in their lives. They are taking responsibility for their own health.

By night, I socialize with freedom lovers. I feel a true sense of relief that I can comment against taxes, inflation, government schools, in fact all manner of regulation and coercion. These people agree with me and show admiration for my choices in life. They are a fellowship of honest, moral and wise people. Libertarianism is a club in which I am proud to have membership.

Now, here’s the rub. I cannot without derision expose myself as a vegan to libertarians. Similarly, I cannot reveal my libertarian politics to vegans and escape with my life. What’s a vegan libertarian to do?

Whenever I go to a vegan potluck, I’m forced to listen to stories of greedy capitalists committing horrors that only tougher government regulation can dispel. I have to keep my mouth full of kale and carrots for fear that a libertarian sentiment may escape my lips. Only my favorite soup — an amazingly flavorful tomato avocado chowder that I invented myself, email for recipe — prevented the murder of Terry when she said, “I like paying taxes. The more I pay, the more money I get back.” And mango lime pie was all that stood in the way of Vivian’s demise the day she patiently explained to me that licensing is essential for keeping the riff raff out. “Not just anyone can sell insurance…” Would that celery up the nose could have done her in.

The frustration is different although equally acute with my libertarian friends. When they comment on my habit of eating salad for dinner, I hide behind the excuse of having to watch my weight, adding, “Wow, that steak looks great.” I suffer in silence as they hoot and laugh at the crazy “granola crunchers” who are so stupid to think that organic matters. And I’m itching to break it to them that wisecracks about coffee enemas do not demonstrate even the slightest comedic genius. If only I had the courage to wear my “Thomas Jefferson was a vegetarian” sweatshirt — but alas, I don’t.

I’ve been living a lie.

I know one thing I absolutely can’t do, and that is approach vegans for understanding. To confess my libertarianism would be tantamount to proclaiming myself the devil incarnate. I would no doubt be subjected to emotional, ad hominem, socialist tirades from which it would be impossible to recover a cordial relationship. I would be pilloried with invectives such as “capitalist” and sneered at for having no heart.

Yet, I can no longer live this life of dishonesty, not 24/7 anyway. Mainly because libertarians eschew the initiation of force, I’ve chosen to come out of the closet to the libertarian brotherhood and throw myself on your mercy.

I am a vegan. I am, in fact, the worst kind of vegan, the raw food kind. That’s right, not only do I eat exclusively fruits and vegetables, I refuse to cook ’em, too.

On this very website, Brad Edmonds recently said, “[Y]ou tend to find more paleolibertarians among carnivores than among vegans.” Is the converse true as well? Are there more carnivores than vegans among paleolibertarians? Or are there many vegan libertarians hiding their orientation as I do, constantly in fear of being outed and branded quasi-antivivisectionist Marxists? (Or is that neo-antivivisectionists?)

I make my confession with the intention of slaying my own personal demons, yes. But I have a higher purpose, as well. I aim to free my fellow oppressed vegan libertarians and bring unity to the movement. My sacrifice can mark the beginning of a new era of peace and understanding among carnivore and vegan libertarians. We have more in common than you may think. The forces of fascism are destroying both the food and medical industries. Surely, there can be agreement on that. And I have yet to meet a hawkish vegan, so if we discount the fringe pro-war Objectivists — please — here is more common ground.

Libertarians of the world unite. Let us drop the snide comments across the dinner table and pursue the struggle against our true enemy; call a culinary truce so that we may defend our homes and refrigerators. Let us shop, eat and fight for freedom in dietary harmony.

And please, pass the kelp…

October 19, 2004
http://www.lewrockwell.com/cuthbert/cuthbert11.html

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Fried Quinoa

Posted: September 11, 2012 in food, recipe, vegan
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Nom nom nom

Take 1 cup quinoa, mix with 2 cups water, bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
When done, fluff with fork.
In a pan heat up some olive oil, onion, garlic, and chili peppers.
Saute until onions are tender, add in quinoa. Stir fry, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Plate.
Delicious and cheap.

Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos

Posted: September 11, 2012 in food, recipe, vegan
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Hey kids, here’s a really simple meal packed with protein and fiber. It’s a shit-ton of calories, but its filling, huge, and delicious.
Stats are at the bottom.
Enjoy

1/2 cup quinoa, dry
1 can black beans
1/2 small onion, diced
Garlic, to taste
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small can diced tomatoes, drained
2 large tortillas
1 avocado
Salt and pepper to taste.

Make quinoa per package directions.
Saute onions, garlic, and jalapeno peppers in olive oil until onion and peppers are soft and done.
Rinse beans, add to onion and peppers.
When done, stir in quinoa.
Add diced tomatoes.
Stir.
Slice up avocado.
Steam tortillas.
Scoop half of mixture into tortillas, add avocado.
Serve with salsa and stuff.

Calories- 747
Fat- 23.8
Carbs- 101.2
Fiber- 32.3
Protein- 27.4

Fat Vegans?

Posted: March 29, 2012 in diet, rant, vegan
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With PETA and other ‘vegan’ organizations basically trying to fat-shame omnivores into going vegan, let’s take a look at veganism as a health choice. Is it healthier than the Standard American Diet (SAD)? Can you lose weight while eating a vegan diet? The answers are: It can be, and you can.

A lot of vegans eat crap. Oreos, Sun Chips, sugary cereal, white bread and pasta. Sugar on everything. I was a morbidly obese vegan for a long time, and it wasn’t until I cut that crap out of my diet that I started losing weight. (80 pounds down so far- dropped from 320 to 240, and from pant size 44 to 36). Fat vegans exist. Fat omnis exist. Fat vegetarians exist. Why? They eat shit.

If a vegan eats well, fuck yeah they’ll lose weight. Fuck yeah, they’ll be healthy. Fuck yeah, they’ll most likely avoid shitty diseases like diabetes. If a vegan eats shit, like sugar oreo sandwiches, fuck yeah they’ll get fat, fuck yeah they’ll be unhealthy. Common sense (and some dietary knowledge kind of dictates that shit).

So why go vegan if you can be just as unhealthy with a vegan diet?

Because veganism is not a fucking diet. It’s a lifestyle. Its more than abstaining from meat, milk, and eggs. We eschew ALL animal products the best we can. Leather, silk, honey, wool, feathers, and fur. A person who just cuts animal products out of their diet is not a vegan. They are a vegetarian.

I am a vegan due to ethics. I do not feel right when others have to die to feed me, when they don’t have to. Yes, I know some animals die when vegetables are farmed. I know death is a part of the animal kingdom, part of life. I am removing myself from that cycle as best I can. We cannot let perfect be the enemy of good.

The non-aggression principle played a large part in forming my worldview. I am in no means a pacifist, if attacked, I will defend myself. Whether it be by a human, a lion, or a dog. I will not go out of my way to hurt or harm others. Whether they be a human, a lion, or a dog. I will not exploit another. Whether they be a human, a lion, or a dog.

 

Baked Tofu

Posted: March 26, 2012 in food, recipe, vegan, video
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Yo, sitting here at work, with two apples waiting for me on lunch. I didn’t have time to make a lunch to bring, so I stopped by the (a) 7-11 on Roscoe and picked them up. Two for a dollar. What a deal…

Anyway, it’s pretty slow, so I got to thinking. Baked tofu. And then I went searching for a recipe. And I found it. And it looks delicious. And I want that. Now. But, apples are delicious (and nutritious).

So, now gentle reader, here is a video of how to make Baked Tofu, brought to you by the Vegan Zombie from http://theveganzombie.com/

 

 

 

 

This place is about 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles, and it is awesome. They do tours every Sunday. Bring the kids!

 

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