Societal progress is marked by an attitude of intolerance toward thoughts and behaviors previously tolerated but now deemed harmful. As … More
Can Vegans Believe People Are Good?
A common feature of dogma is a belief that people are inherently bad and must redeem themselves by adopting the … More
Vegan Celebrities Will Always Let You Down
I’ve had the privilege of meeting a few people that I’d considered heroes. One thing I’ve learned time and again … More
Intention Plus Action: A Working Definition of Veganism
I’ve written at some length about how we define what it means to be vegan. In a world where we … More
Defending Sam Harris’s Moral Landscape
This piece takes as its inspiration “Separating Ethics and Emotion” by my fellow Reasoned Vegan Evan Anderson. Most human problems … More
On Wearing the Mask and Not Eating Animals
The mask, like veganism, is for most of us a worthwhile and safe lifestyle change that improves the world around us, despite the temporary inconvenience
Wielding the Moral Force
Last week, I wrote about what I call the “moral force” of veganism. People really want to think of themselves … More
The Invisible Moral Force
No one is forcing anyone to go vegan, not on an individual level and not on a policy level. So why are we often accused of forcing people to go vegan? The answer is the reason why, I believe, we may come to see a vegan world. And not by force.
Bad Excuses: Pathologizing Empathy
I want to follow up on a recent post I made, on separating ethics from emotion and why that’s a … More
Can We Separate Ethics from Emotion?
I used to worship Sam Harris. I still listen to him from time to time and find that he sometimes … More