Friday 8 December 2023
Wednesday 6 December 2023
Seeing strength as weakness, weakness as strength; taking poison as medicine, and medicine as poison.
[Question from the audience:]
Im addressing this video here since you block comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzWwhUvMeDo
Quote, "In the civil rights era, it took the death of MLK, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and many more to free black people from political oppression." This is the paradox of taking the poison as medicine, and medicine as poison: the death of MLK is not a positive template for what vegans ought to aspire to, it's not the winning formula (or "the secret to the success of") the civil rights movement —it's not medicine, it's poison. Further, as is explained in all of the videos linked to (and in my book, which is brief, and I'd encourage you to read, costing ONE DOLLAR) there is absolutely nothing comparable about a mass movement supported by millions of people (MLK being supported by 99% of the students on black campuses) and the situation of vegans in 2023 (not even 1% support on campuses). This is discussed in all of the videos mentioned, including yesterday's two hour discussion: you're making a series of false inferences here (perceiving weakness as strength, and strength as weakness).
Quote, "The" other sides'" cause isn't just. OUR'S IS." Muslims see Sharia law the same way: anti-abortionists see their cause the same way, too. You're not just half wrong here: you're 100% wrong.
Re: "It took shoot outs between the feds and black panthers… If I could, i would arm every chinese man woman and child with the rifles you hate so much so they can engage in guerilla warfare against the evil communist dictatorship." That sounds a lot like a Jihad, doesn't it?
It sounds like you're a bitter-ender, willing to die for a cause far less popular than ISIS —veganism has far less support in terms of volunteer soldiers and millions of dollars than ISIS ever had (and ISIS nevertheless was doomed from day one).
I say again: you cannot win by imitating MLK, you cannot win by imitating the tactics of the anti-abortion movement —nor the tactics used by muslim fundamentalists. What hot ice is this, preaching poison as medicine, and strength as weakness?
[Question from the audience:]
Do you believe that MLK sit in tactics during the civil rights era was useless and foolish? It seems that you believe that legislation is the only practical way forward to achieve animal liberation. I submit to you that it is not. Look at how much social upheaval, violence, attempted revolution(Jon Brown), protest(both legal and illegal), arrests and war it took to completely liberate black people from slavery and second class citizenship. And thats people! There's no way in hell that it will take LESS to liberate animals. Especially, since it is interwoven with supposed nutritional need and considered part of our species diet. I would say it requires civil disobedience and much more. In order to create drastic social change like that, we need social upheaval to reach the critical mass reaction required for that change.
So the inference you're making is "MLK used 'sit in tactics', THEREFORE naked women pouring blood on their boobs is a legit, proven tactic that's gonna work for the vegan movement"? Here's a two hour long discussion (recorded yesterday) of precisely the error you're making: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX8oc_scES8
Re: "In order to create drastic social change like that, we need social upheaval to reach the critical mass reaction required for that change." It's NEVER going to work: not for you (not for vegans) and not for anti-abortion protestors and not for pro-Palestinian protestors. My argument is not that your approach is 10% wrong, I'm arguing that you're 100% wrong, and unlike Wayne Hsiung, I can back up my argument with facts rather than fictions. (1) A twenty minute long video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzWwhUvMeDo (2) A one hour long video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_6Z3eImMy8 The ultimate price here, as the title of the second video indicates, is YOUR LIFE: just like a muslim terrorist, you are being asked to sacrifice YOUR OWN LIFE for this ideology that cannot ever succeed, and that will do vastly more harm than good, if any good at all.
I'm vegan and morally opposed to vegan activism: it's bad and evil and wrong. Nov. 29th, 2023.
Sunday 3 December 2023
So many years have gone by, Footsoldier: you have known of my existence for approximately seven or eight years by now, correct?
I do not ascribe bad intentions to you: I would tend to assume that your intentions were —from the outset— to make the world a better place. Even when you were a clueless Durianrider worshipper, your reasons for worshipping him were not the pursuit of money, fame, sex or even a more impressive physique.
Many, many other vegans, I would indeed ascribe bad intentions to. I do believe your old nemesis Isaac (Ask Yourself) has bad intentions. Richard (Vegan Gains) even moreso.
When you disagreed with me about the metrics indicating that veganism was then in decline, I did not ascribe bad intentions to you: I know what it was that you wanted to believe, and I know that your reasons for that optimism are "pure", so to speak.
However, I was correct: veganism was in decline, and it still is in decline.
Wayne Hsiung is now in jail and astonishingly few people care (even though the story was carried in the mainstream press). Just four years ago, he was in a video (presenting him as a hero) that attracted 3.6 million views. From the last seven years you can find examples of videos with tens of thousands of views, occasionally over a hundred thousand, telling his story, "spreading his name".
His most recent uploads to his channel number as follows:
• 170 views
• 136 views
• 144 views
In the midst of the same storm of controversy, here are the numbers from "Direct Action Everywhere - DxE":
• 308 views
• 271 views
• 394 views
• 370 views (this one has Wayne's trial in it)
• 222 views
Now my own channel may be a dismal failure in many different respects, but I would hope that if I went to prison under dramatic circumstances, and if it were covered by the mainstream press, I'd pull a good two thousand views, minimum. I have videos with "the n-word" in the title that have pulled in more viewers than that, despite being (obviously) blacklisted (no pun intended) and I could say something similar for the videos containing my abhorrent opinions about autism and transgenderism, for example.
So this, now, is the world we're living in. The decline that I spoke to you about —years ago— in statistical abstractions has become less and less abstract.
On the supply side, talent is scarce. On the demand side, also, the audience is scarce.
Tragically, the vegan movement is more important than ever. It simply isn't important to vegans: they've given up on it —we've given up on it —even I've given up on it. And look around: most of the others have given up, too.
I'd like to invite you to read a book at (approximately) the same time I'm reading it myself: The Parrot and the Igloo by David Lipsky.
I have never understood why you showed so much good will toward such utterly despicable people (including Durianrider himself, etc.) and yet you could never reciprocate the good will I showed you. Of course, I also do not understand the lapses in your memory (this may be a real medical condition on your part, and I am not prying for an answer) but I have often wondered if a large part of the problem is —simply— the extent to which you do not remember what has actually happened, what has actually been said, etc., by all parties on all sides.
Saturday 2 December 2023
The video [It's only a theory: Jimmy Dore vs. Greta Thunberg and "THE VEGANS"] contains the audiovisual copyright of “More Than A Feeling” by Gamazda. Meanwhile, the video’s content itself is in reference to veganism and environmentalism. Parody comments on the copyrighted work itself, while satire uses copyrighted work to comment on another subject. As the video you’ve produced does not comment on Gamazda’s performance or the song “More Than A Feeling,” it qualifies as satirical commentary rather than parody.
Thank you for your reply: although I disagree with your analysis of both the law and how it applies to this situation, I appreciate that you've taken the time to write in reply to me, and (evidently) to watch the video in question.
You are mistaken as to the meaning of parody both in courts of law (qua fair use) and apropos YouTube's transformative content policy.
To answer with a pragmatic example first: the works of Weird Al Yankovic would be illegal if your claims were true. They are not.
Parody need not be on any particular topic --your notion that it must "comment on the copyrighted work itself" and not "another topic" is false. Again: the example of Weird Al Yankovic is sufficient to prove the point. If your claim were true, a parody of Sherlock Holmes would be strictly limited to making jokes about Sherlock Holmes, and not any other political issue. And this is untrue.
From YouTube's perspective, the only criterion to be satisfied is that my song is not a substitute for your song: nobody will buy my album instead of yours, nobody will think that I am you —copyright infringement per se. Any parody whatsoever satisfies this definition of transformative content: the specific political point (and the extent to which it is satire or parody) is immaterial.
The legal definition is actually even more broad and all-inclusive: there is absolutely zero ambiguity that original lyrics set to a familiar song qualifies as fair use. There is no legal requirement that a parody even be funny or comedic: court precedent holds that completely dry political statements count as parody --and, again, there is no restriction on what kind of political statement it may be.
Thank you, again, for your reply: I do think you have misunderstood the court precedents I've already quoted to you. Even Wikipedia will help to explain to you the implications of fair use doctrine in this area, if you have another few minutes to spend on the matter.
I say again: you cannot win. You will be presented with the option soon enough to prove that you've hired a lawyer to take me to court. Otherwise, YouTube will reinstate the video, in accordance with both company policy and the law.
Tuesday 28 November 2023
Quote, "This is buttercup, and she's someone, not something." [Timestamp = 1 minute 30 seconds]
ON SOME LEVEL everyone in the organization knows THIS DOESN'T WORK.
They did it a hundred times. Some of them did it a thousand times. It never worked.
They changed their methods without ever admitting that the old methods were wrong, and without setting out what their hopes and expectations were for why the new methods might be better.
And thus the cycle could continue: with the refusal to admit that the new methods weren't working, either.
Exactly the same pattern with X.R. in England.
For some mysterious reason DxE stopped running out into the middle of the field in the middle of a football game: they never admit why. They're spending a million dollars a year ON NOTHING, while promoting what could fairly be called the stupidest philosophy in the history of political science. And it's a million dollars they "earned" with stupid, fame-whoring stunts like running out into the middle of a stadium.
There never was any "social science research" to support ANY of their preferred methods —and there never was any recourse to social science research when switching from one method to the next.
It's a scam about a scam for the sake of a scam. And there are victims: unlike my philosophy, people's lives are ruined by putting Wayne's philosophy into practice.
Friday 24 November 2023
And, irony of ironies, Wayne Hsiung is STILL anti-vegan in 2023… but nobody in the vegan movement seems to care!
This is Wayne writing in July of 2023, BEFORE going to prison in handcuffs, I should note:
In 2007, motivated by my readings in social movement research, I penned an article with an infamous title: Boycott Veganism. The title was clickbait. I was not, in fact, boycotting veganism but arguing that consumer activism was insufficient to create social change.
Multiple vegan forums exploded with angry responses after I posted an early draft. I was criticized for being oppressive, arrogant, traitorous, and – most commonly – downright stupid.
But something strange happened, over time. A small number of people actually read the article, rather than just the headline. And many were swayed by the logic. Two points were key. First, I argued that veganism, as a narrative strategy, could not inspire people to anger or hope - the key ingredients to social change.
What we needed, I argued, was something different: direct action. Giving aid to animals directly was the right narrative strategy because it focused on animal cruelty, and our ability to stop it. Unlike veganism, it had the power to enrage and inspire. And direct action could expand the scope of the movement’s support, by focusing on identities (e.g., animal lovers, families with pets) that were much larger and influential than vegan consumers. It was a movement strategy that could mobilize the masses, rather than just a small dietary niche. […]
[Digression:] Is there ANY EVIDENCE that Wayne's strategy has mobilized (or "inspired") large numbers of non-vegans, rather than a tiny cult group, much smaller than veganism qua "a dietary niche"?
In the early 2010s, effective altruism (EA) was just beginning to capture the attention of animal advocates.
A closer examination of good scientific research around leafleting and other forms of so-called impersonal outreach, i.e., trying to persuade someone you have no other relationship with, showed dismal results.
The Science or Science-y blog post, like Boycott Veganism, generated an enormous amount of hate. The leaders of a few prominent animal rights organizations called me a mole for the meat industry, publicly, and would tell everyone they met at animal rights conferences that I was damaging the movement. But as with Boycott Veganism, the critique gained a following. A prominent (non-vegan) effective altruist thinker, Jeff Kaufman, began to question the conventional wisdom on the effectiveness of vegan advocacy. And the leaders of Animal Charity Evaluators, a prominent EA organization that had been extremely hostile towards my work (and towards me personally, for reasons I never fully understood) eventually ran a study in 2017 showing that vegan outreach probably had no effect at all.
That left the movement in a tough spot, after years of focusing on outreach above all other interventions. What do we do instead?
[Commentary:] So, yes, the man who led the campaign "it's not food, it's violence", that consisted of teenagers (like Zoe Rosenberg) breaking down weeping in a restaurant while screaming at random patrons claims that his methods have scientifically verifiable outcomes, whereas his rivals' methods do not, etc.
The burden of proof still lacking to demonstrate that Zoe Rosenberg screaming at strangers or Cassie King pouring blood on herself (publicly) has positive outcomes is considerable: I do not mean this from a position of phony skepticism. I do not mean to insinuate that any kind of political action faces an insurmountable burden of proof as to its efficacy.
Genuinely, it is more difficult to believe that Zoe Rosenberg is succeeding in changing the world than it is to believe that the earth is flat: someone could show me scientific evidence that would change my mind about the shape of the planet, whereas it is genuinely impossible to imagine that there could ever be any evidence to vindicate the tactics used by Zoe, Cassie and Wayne.
It is not difficult to believe that what the Israeli military is doing right now will change the world: it would be phony skepticism indeed to ask aloud, "How can it possibly make a difference to hunt down and kill the leaders of a rival political faction, and to demolish their political-and-military infrastructure?" Although we may not be able to predict the outcomes in Israel, there is no doubt that there will be outcomes.
What Wayne has been advocating (for so many years) genuinely belongs in the category of political actions so counterproductive that we may question —after the expenditure of so many millions of dollars, and the ruination of so many people's particular lives— whether or not there are any outcomes at all.
Nobody has ever complained about the negative outcomes of my philosophy (and of their own attempts to put it into practice) as Rachel Z. now complains about DxE in retrospect —after the somewhat sobering experience of facing the possibility of a criminal conviction in a court of law (as a result of Wayne Hsiung's preferred method and mode of activism). The methodology set down in my books (all two of them) will not ruin your life, and will not cost anyone millions of dollars.
But here we are in 2023, when the evidence for the inefficacy of Wayne's philosophy has had quite some time to stack up, and he is still defending his anti-vegan (and frankly pro-violence) position from 2007.
The parallels to Roger Hallam's XR (Extinction Rebellion) and its sequels (Just Stop Oil, etc.) are so close that my refutation of one serves as a refutation of the other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB33D8_jsrU
At what point do the proponents of empiricism admit that the empirical evidence is against them?
…after he resigned his position as the leader of an organization with a budget of a million dollars per year created to do exactly the same thing.
I wonder if —formally or informally— DxE promised to transfer funds to support Wayne's new charity, as a sort of "golden parachute" package, when he handed over control to Cassie King, etc.
There is no "Form 990" information available for "The Simple Heart Initiative" created by Wayne Hsiung: if it had been delinquent in its paperwork before he went to prison, I assume it will only become more delinquent hereafter.
FEIN / EIN: 882248389 / 88-2248389 (sometimes you need to search with the hyphen, sometimes without it)
RCT NUMBER: CT0289351