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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

On Drugs

Posted: January 10, 2012 in news, politics, rant
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Drugs are bad.
Drug laws are worse.
The Drug War is evil.

I have not always been drug free, I experimented with pot and a little acid in high school. I smoked cigarettes for damn near fifteen years. I used to drink like a fish, hell, I once drank ninety days in a row with my former roommate, just to see if I could. Do I regret any of that? Probably the cigarettes and the alcohol. To this day, I get momentary cravings for tobacco, before I catch myself and call myself stupid for even thinking of it. Once an addict, always an addict, I guess. I drink coffee, but on the days I abstain (usually by just plain forgetting to make it) I don’t suffer withdraws. I usually just end up drinking more water that day, for whatever reason. To paraphrase a conversation Ian MacKaye had once:

“My friend says caffeine is a drug.”
“Oh. Tell your friend fuck you.”

I am against drug laws, I believe that any consenting adults can do to their own body what they want to do to their own body. If they want to mess it up with crack, tobacco, copius amounts of peanut butter, booze, whatever I don’t care. Its their body. Fuck em, as long as they’re not doing it in my house. I don’t care about smoking in public. I wouldn’t care if someone lit a joint near me on the bus. I’d probably just switch seats, or open a window. As long as whatever they do doesn’t cost me any money, or any grief (a brief stench that lasts a moment doesn’t qualify as grief in my opinion), they can do what they want.
Of course I don’t want drugged drivers, anymore than I want drunk drivers. What makes you think the numbers of drugged drivers would increase if drugs were legal? That’s pretty stupid thinking. The people who would do drugs if they were legal are the same people who do drugs now. They’re driving under the influence now. What do I suggest for punishment? The same punishments that drunk drivers have for operating under the influence IF they do harm to another person or damage property. (The same thing I would want for drunk drivers.)

I’ve had friends fuck their entire lives up with drug use. I’ve also seen friends fuck up their entire lives without touching aspirin, bad choices are bad choices, and we should not protect adults from themselves. Sometimes reaching bottom is the only way to ascend. The government should not be there to bail anyone -people, banks, and companies included- out of failure. Do I think it should be easier for drug abusers to get into rehab that they can afford? Yes. I think there should be more private charities that do that exact thing, especially without the religious bullshit that AA has.

People don’t seem to realize there is a huge difference between drug users and drug abusers, and that is one of the reasons the drug war goes more or less unopposed.

We spend tons of money on a failed, evil, racist war against our own citizens. Why? Well… any property seized during a drug raid instantly belongs to the government, a la Christian Inquisition style. That could be a deciding factor. Or, it could be that almost all prisons are now owned by corporations that are funded through tax dollars, and the more prisoners they have (violent offenders, or non-violent druggies) the more money they get, which they funnel to cops and judges for putting more people into their prisons. Its a cycle of racism and greed, all in the guise of saving people from themselves. Its what we, in the real world call bullshit.

So, in closing, remember these things:
1)Don’t do drugs.
2)Don’t enforce drug laws.
3)End the drug war.