Tag: Vegan Strategist

Time To Set The Record Straight

Life as a civilian vegan blogger while fairly mundane and frustrating at times, does lead you to develop a fairly thick skin.

Occasionally you are called “a bit of a flog” (whatever that means).

Other times you are called a meat industry shill.

And occasionally you are called “uranium to any ethical rights movement“.

While I let a good majority of these comments go through to the keeper, every now and then one comes at you and you decide to have a swing at it and knock it out of the park.

Let’s Clear Things Up

True to form, the poor misnomered ‘vegan strategist’, Tobias Leenaert follows his ‘effective’ strategy of making things up to ‘prove’ a point.

#1: The Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland is NOT a “vegan group” it is a group where “Membership is open to vegetarians, vegans, veg-curious, and those who support the lifestyle and our goals.”

#2: I am vegan (have been for about 25 years). I also live in Queensland. If that doesn’t make me qualified to have a free thinking view of someone ability to represent an organisation that represents us, I don’t know what does.

#3: The reason that I have said the former president should resign, is that her support and lack of criticism of Tobias support for racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression. Along with the belief that you can consume fishes, and eggs and still be vegan.

Unlike professionals such as Tobias, I do not make any money from veganism.

This means that my employees, contractors, clients, and family come before I do anything ‘vegan related’.

It also means that sometimes, well more often than not, life gets in the way of all the vegan things that I want to do.

Mind you, I would also rather have 5 people who listen to, and understand what I am saying than an audience of thousands who don’t.

That being said, I guess that Tobias equates ‘effectiveness’ with how many facebook followers you have, and not the quality of the message that you are delivering.

Now if this isn’t a case of pots and the kettles, and glass houses, I don’t know what is.

While he is right that ‘we’ are too silent when it comes to exposing bullies, I doubt that what he is doing equates to speaking up about one. I also doubt that the things I have written, and YouTube videos I have made could be called bullying.

AS he is speaking up about the behaviour of bullies, is he going to admit to all the harassing emails that he has sent in the past?

Or how about the deliberate undermining and behind closed doors games he has played to remove a vegan from a not for profit board?

The Biggest Lie Of Them All

If Tobias defines “inclusive” as recommending that those who consume animal products be able to call themselves vegan, then I guess he is.

If the “Vegan Strategist” defines inclusive as asking women to tolerate more sexism and people of colour to tolerate more racism, I guess his approach is “inclusive”.

Mind you, his “extremely inclusive approach” doesn’t go as far as to include vegans, who he labels as “crazy”. (It was the only way that he could get government funding for his VEGETARIAN organisation).

By his support of those who are racist, his “extremely inclusive approach” alienates vegans of colour, and those who despise this sort of behaviour.

Tobias’ “extermely inclusive approach” doesn’t go as far as including ethical vegans. A group that he readily labels as “purist”, “dogmatic”, and “extremists”.

Who does this leave to be included?

By process of elimination, the only ones that are left are white racist vegans who don’t have any history of mental illness.

So I guess this means that his ‘approach’ isn’t as “extremely inclusive” as he makes it out to be.

Unless that is the vegan world that you want to be part of…

About Dogma And Boxes

My favourite ‘reducetarian’ is back at it ridiculing vegans and veganism.

What I would like to know is, why do those who don’t understand or do not want to be vegan are so intent on putting it down.

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The Vegan Strategist Shows Off His Strategy For Non-Veganism

Could this be the next incarnation of Veganism according to the "vegan strategist"?
Could this be the next incarnation of Veganism according to the “vegan strategist”?

Once again, the “vegan strategist” has shown how little about strategy or veganism he understands.

This time around he is revisiting his plan to label everyone vegan.

Do 2 semi-vegans make 1 vegan?

What Is A Semi-Vegan

To Tobias, someone is able to consume animal products and still call themselves vegan.

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Thought Experiments. Are They A Tool Of The Ineffective

Vegan Police - Futile Thought Experiments
What Batman thinks of thought experiments

Thought Experiments. Are They A Tool Of The Ineffective?

The buzzwords of vegan-ISH and the reducetarians at the moment are strategy and effectiveness.

To prove how effective and strategic the pundits are, they fall back to thought experiments to justify their position.

It is time that we ask the question.

Thought experiments. Are they an effective tool in advocacy or something the ineffective rely on?

Predetermined Outcome

For a thought experiment to actually be one, they have to challenge the person and be relevant to them.

Today’s effective vegan tends to deploy them with strict parameters resulting in predetermined outcomes.

Take the veggie burger example from the previous post.

Real life would present you with more than two options.

  • You could get a packet of chips from a vending machine
  • Wait until you got home to eat
  • Ask for extras on the vegan burger
  • Eat the ‘bland’ option without the world ending.

The only options you can choose are ones that would A) cause you to go against your own morals/beliefs. Or B) cause the other person to dismiss the vegan message for all eternity.

Tools For The Ineffective

These sorts of thought experiments do not consider the impact that they have on the oppressed. Only the ‘comfort’ of those who can make a choice.

The same ‘experiment’ used in other social justice issues, highlights how ineffective they are.

For example.

You are out with your friend one night. It comes time to get something to eat. You are feminist, and your male friend isn’t, though he has been humouring you by talking to you about it.

Your only option is A) mouthwatering meal at a strip club B) boring meal served at a ‘feminist-friendly’ place.

Do you go to the strip club for the mouthwatering meal because it will show him how ‘flexible’ feminism is?

Or, do you abide by your morals and choose the bland meal?

Knowing full well that you have lost the feminist approach for that day.

Tools For The Effective Vegan

We are at the eleventh hour.

It is time to stop wasting time on make or break ‘tools’ like thought experiments that go nowhere.

Today’s strategic vegan should be using tools/tactics that keep the discussion going.

Find them.

Learn them.

Become proficient with them.

Believe in them.

It is only then that we can have a vegan world.

If you want it.