Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Some technical reason prevents me from linking to the document, a PowerPoint, directly from here. So I direct you now to my General Audience menu. It is an sixth item, called "Coping with Animal Raights Stress."
General Audience Menu
If you think this document is of value, please do pass it on!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Now that I have my blog moved to Blogspot, the comment function is available and activated. Please do send your comments, whatever they may be! Anti-animal-rights people, bring out your objections. You require custom attention with the specific thought processes that you have. Anyone, bring your questions, comments, or exclamations that you may have, and do not hesitate to share them, pro or con. Comments are moderated, but you have the option to post anonymously or with a pseudonym. Bring on the dialogue!
Monday, October 18, 2010
The Holocaust Comparison Project: A Photographic Essay
Peace be with you.
Over the years a few people have suggested a move of this kind, finding my homemade blog a bit awkward. I always liked having a big list of all my posts. But this software here does allow easy access, and it is a more readable presentation. Also, comments are possible, although I will moderate it. I like the given background, because it suggests an idyllic, bucolic setting like that of an animal sanctuary. That is a positive vision. This was also a good time to rethink the title of the blog, Liberationist Thoughts. I prefer On the Road to Liberation. "Liberation" is more positive than "Abolition," by the way. Francione refers to the abolition of property status. It should really be the abolition of speciesism, and indeed all interconnected forms of oppression, but I address that question in my upcoming animal rights ethics book. Liberation, however, is much more than abolishing oppression. Oppression literally derives from "pressing down" on victims of injustice. It suggests harm, including pressing down on potential. However, liberation involves more than even getting everyone to stop pressing down on others' potential. It is also a positive call to the realization of good through positive justice, which I will argue in my book involves friendship, love, and community. I hope my reflections help others on the road to liberation.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
New: the Holocaust Comparison Project: A Photographic Essay and Short Synopsis of Living Will Argument
Two of my academic essays are now given form for general audiences. I did a short synopsis of my journal article, “A Living Will Clause for Supporters of Animal Experimentation,” Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (May 2006): 173-189, when I presented at a symposium against vivisection at the University of Ottawa in 2003. The Holocaust Comparison Project is drawn from my article, “Can the Treatment of Nonhuman Animals Be Compared to the Holocaust?” Ethics and the Environment 11 (Spring 2006): 97-132. The article made a 39-point comparison but the Project adds ten more. Not for the faint of heart.