Bob Torres (download or Read) Making a Killing The Political Economy of Animal Rights
S refers to as the Animal Rights Industry Where the book picks up is by fleshing out an understanding of the status of animals By taking issue with moralisers like Peter Singer it argues that animals are reduced to the effective position of commodities and our maintaining of this keeps our
understanding of nature and ecology entirely on a capitalist and therefore an irrational level For example racism sexism of nature and ecology entirely on a capitalist and therefore an irrational level For example racism sexism even class have a pre capitalist basis but find their oppressive height within capitalism s existence These factors can make oppressive forms appear natural but on the contrary they are mere perversions of nature The accumulation of wealth at the expense of the few regardless of its origins is in fact a distortion of our organic nature This is entirely where Bookchin is tied in by exploring how the exploitation of classes results in various constituted hierarchies of the sexes races and even of animalsWhat s interesting is that it
isn t left there The ALF and mainstream animal rights groups t left there The ALF and mainstream animal rights groups rounded on and deconstructed with a class and anarchist analysis and Torres argues for the possibilities of a new form of activism that challenges the status of animals The uestion is will the people who would benefit from reading this book read it From a review I wrote in Solidarity Federation s Direct Action 42 Spring 2008 This is a great book that reaffirmed my decision for the recent lifestyle I ve chosen This book does a great ob of relating human dependence on animal exploitation with the writings of Murray Bookchin Our domination of human over human and human over nature is a direct correlation to #The Struggles Civilization Faces # struggles civilization faces only with climate change but fascism racism sexism class struggles and homophobia as well Making a Killing is a great primer on animal rights activism and anarchism Torres s thesis is that anti speciesism is consistent with a non hierarchical anarchist society He really blasts mainstream animal rights organizations and rightly so for ignoring real animal liberation while giving awards to slaughterhouse designers and raising money for their corporate boards He also criticizes left movements for ignoring animal rights movements as being less important than other human rights struggles He argues that being vegan reduces your dominance over others and is completely consistent with a radical lifestyle even if you devote your main energies to feminism anti racism etcI liked this book because it gave me a better understanding of anarchism and the animal rights movement in general I also liked his criticisms of people like John Mackey and organizations like PETA because they always rub me the wrong way and I always wonder if I m a strange type of vegan who hates PETA I always wonder how useful any movement is when it works within the framework of capitalism and Bob Torres does a great ob explaining how animals will never be liberated when they are commodities and property Animal rights are simply not compatible with capitalismDefinitely recommended for current vegns anyone interested in animal rights and people who are anarchists but don t see the point in helping out animals You can be an activist and help dismantle capitalist systems of dominance over animals Go vegan. A pluralistic anarchist critiue as well as a searing assessment of the animal rights movement Bob Torres challenges conventional anti capitalist thinking and convincingly advocates for the abolition of animals in industry and on the dinner pla.
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offers a compelling argument that cannot be ustice in our society until we stop ignoring the suffering of sentient animals and its relation to capitalism and oppression I highly recommend this book Fascinating and insightful This is the closest approximation of the book I would have written about the need for animal rights and anarchism to fall in love with each other and start making babies if you know what I meanYou should also check out Vegan Freak Being Vegan In A Non Vegan World and you should listen to the Vegan Freak Radio podcast It s all good Of the three books I have so far read about animal rights and veganism the others being Animal Liberation and The World Peace Diet this one resonated with me the most deeply Perhaps I m ust reading it at a particularly ripe time Torres lays down logical and convincing arguments drawing on Francione Bookchin and other theorists about the connection between animal exploitation and all the various forms of widely recognized discrimination The commodification and exploitation of animals is one branch of a tree sharing roots and trunk with racism sexism classism etc To work against one injustice it is necessary to see its place in the whole to recognize the other related issues and work against them too I think this book will best serve people who are involved in social ustice and the dismantling of hierarchies but who haveHE OFFERS A COMPELLING ARGUMENT THAT
not accepted the validity of animal liberation as well as vegans who might overlook the connections to otheraccepted the validity of animal liberation as well as vegans who might overlook the connections to other Personally it was a reminder to avoid singularity of purpose Even if one does devote most of their efforts or feel mostly passionately about one particular issue it is important to seek connections with others and to continue breaking down hierarchies in your own life The author raises some important points on the oppression of human beings and animals and the links between them However in many cases he gets preachy and keeps repeating his arguments This book links nonhuman oppression with human oppression its audience is anarchists and other leftists as well as activists who take a less political stance We discussed this in book group last week and one of the comments against it is that it does
not use feelings as a valid reason for stopping animal exploitation I agree with this to anuse feelings as a valid reason for stopping animal exploitation I agree with this to an There are far too many books promoting animal liberation that ignore the emotional aspect of nonhuman suffering It would be ideal I agree if everyone could feel something for those who suffer Personally I cry at Adolescence just about everything I definitely come to animal rights from an emotional perspective Yet I also am not about to throw out any strategy that helps end any oppression Maybe you re a person who doesn t know how to feel maybe you operate on logic Maybe you re like the guy at the Occupy Asheville meeting who works with homeless and hungry humans and becomes very defensive about the mere concept of animal liberation humans have to come first This is where Torres book comes in very handy He shows how nonhumans sufferust like humans under the oppression of capitalism I think from reading this that he does personally also feel he has heart the suffering he s witnessed hurts him but Suggest to the average leftist that animals should be part of broader liberation struggles and once they stop laughing you'll find yourself casually dismissed With a focus on labor property and the life of commodities Making a Killing contains. .
Hat his strategy is to focus on the oppression of the exploited by exploiter He takes the political left to task for their complicity in exploiting animals
AND HE ALSO TAKES MANY OFhe also takes many of current animal activists groups to tasksHe suggests that activists have lost our way by depending on the larger groups who simply seek donations and reassure you that they will take your money and act on behalf of nonhumans his focus is primarily PeTA and HSUS He
explores this issue and encourages activists to rely on our own talents and creativity to not depend on others to dothis issue and encourages activists to rely on our own talents and creativity to not depend on others to do for us and to find common ground with other political organizations who focus on ending exploitation Overall if you consider yourself a leftie politically you should read this bookIf you are a politically inclined animal activist you should read this book Left Turn also reviewed this I ve generally been dismissive of animal rights folks but some theology I ve read lately has caused me to uestion my consistency in respect for life I still don t fall in the everyone should be vegan camp but I do think folks on the Left need to consider the limits of which lives we value and which hierarchies we fight against One of the best animal philosophy books to come out in a while this was one of the first books I read to really introduce me to the basics behind abolitionism Although both Torres and Francione another well known abolitionist author can rub people the wrong way I particularly like the way Torres looks at the issues He can be very cold and logical in a good way and though not completely sans emotion he approaches the issues in a very calculated way that made the book fascinating and thought provoking Love him or hate him anyone who reads this book is unlikely to view animal use in the same way ever again Does animal rights have a place within anarchism or indeed within the liberation of the working class Bob Torres Making a Killing is not the first to take up the tenuous issue of animal rights philosophy and anarchism but he certainly tries to cover a lot of ground By primarily drawing upon a critiue model of capitalist economy through Marx and drawing upon issues of social ecology via Bookchin he weaves together a sound argument that is an impassioned plea for the left and libertarians to consider the plight of animalsThe hallmarks of this tradition can in large part be traced back to developments within anarcho punk during the eighties While a number of appeals about the mistreatment of animals raised important uestions and kick started a number of campaigns the issue of class and a philosophy based around a lifestyle eschewing animal abuse was never fully resolvedReaders might be familiar with the contemporary beginnings of this debate with the likes of Beast of Burden and Animal Liberation Devastate to #Liberate Or Devastatingly Liberal As The Animal # Or Devastatingly Liberal As the animal movement progressed from its infancy and hit a zenith in the mass appeal of vegetarianism it saw the beginnings of numerous campaigns against the fur trade blood sports battery and intensive farming testing on animals and vivisection and so on It was also drawn into criticisms of misanthropy fanatical single issue campaigning violence and professional politicking or what Torre. Key insights into the broad nature of domination power and hierarchy It explores the intersections between human and animal oppressions in relation to the exploitative dynamics of capitalism Combining nuts and bolts Marxist political economy. ,