Vegan Outreach can get everyone to agree in principle that factory-farming is bad, but no one will pay any attention to it. And PETA can get everyone to pay attention to factory farming, but a lot of people who would otherwise oppose it will switch to supporting it just because they’re so mad at the way it’s being publicized. But at least they’re paying attention! PETA doesn’t shoot themselves in the foot because they’re stupid. They shoot themselves in the foot because they’re traveling up an incentive gradient that rewards them for doing so, even if it destroys their credibility.*And increasingly, actions. Worrisome. Not only that violence is happening from the extremists, but that the mainstream increasingly excuses it.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
If people are puzzled at why the anti-Trump folks in our country are increasingly threatening, extremist, and even violent in their speech*, it is a good time to remember the best essay of the 21st Century, The Toxoplasma of Rage, by Scott Alexander at Slate Star Codex. Activism in any direction is subject to gravitations.
Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at 4:58 PM