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Rooting Out the Motive of “Plant Rights” Advocates

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Almost forty years after animal rights advocates began asking us to put down our steak knives, plant advocates may start asking us to relinquish our salad forks as well.

Plants have rights too, they say, and we ought to “reconsider our ethical approach to eating them.” Michael Marder, a philosopher writing recently for the New York Times, bases a call for “plant liberation” on the idea that plants possess a primitive form of “awareness,” in that they have a capacity to react to certain stimuli, and that they engage in a simple form of biochemical communication, through the release of chemical hormones that can send signals to other nearby plants.

Now, most readers of this argument will think that the idea of plant rights is silly—indeed, many responders to his article said so. But while Marder’s argument is ridiculous, his goal is serious, dangerous, and not to be ignored. Here we should take the advice of Ellsworth Toohey, villain of The Fountainhead: “Don’t bother to examine a folly—ask yourself only what it accomplishes.”

So what does Marder seek to accomplish through his call for “plant liberation”?

 

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  1. thirdtwin

    November 19th, 2012

    I dunno, but Peter Singer should be along any minute now to tell us it’s OK to fuck a consenting cantaloupe…or cucumber.

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  2. RANDO

    November 19th, 2012

    I’d be interested in seeing this dingbat’s grocery list.

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  3. Nutjob

    November 19th, 2012

    So what does Marder seek to accomplish through his call for “plant liberation”?

    Mass starvation, we are all just rapers and pillagers of mother earth.
    Apparently this Nutjob beleieves we can sustain ourselves just by breathing air.

    Myself I can’t stand to see these weeds and plants suffer either, so I mow my grass weekly and euthanize as many weeds as possible with Roundup.

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  4. EWSTX

    November 19th, 2012

    We need to start demanding that all these libtards who want to tell us what we can and cannot eat, which babies should live, and who has too big of a carbon footprint should go first. You just go die somewhere first, then the rest of us will manage the planet without you.
    There is an excellent article about this behavior of theirs on pjmedia.

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  5. Harleybob

    November 19th, 2012

    Save the Pot Plants!

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  6. Jarhead Cracka

    November 19th, 2012

    Up to a little less than 100 years ago, people this stupid just couldn’t survive. Proof that life has gotten too damn easy when dingbats try to make an argument for this. I’m with Nutjob, decapitate your lawn and gas your weeds.

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  7. thirdtwin

    November 19th, 2012

    Living like squirrels, followed shortly by cannibalism?

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  8. Nutjob

    November 19th, 2012

    Can you imagine the look on Darwins face had one of these idiots proposed this while he was writing the theory of evolution?

    I’ll bet his first thought would be, how the hell did this 1 slip through the cracks and survive? This just blows my theory all to hell on survival of the fittest.

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  9. Sparks

    November 19th, 2012

    Did anyone read the article, the part about where the author said Marder wasn’t anti-farming, but rather anti-Monsanto?

    I’m not endorsing this view at all, just imagine how the world would look like right now if it wasn’t for the seed and bio-tech companies like Monsanto. But it does make a little bit nervous to think about how much of our food production is controlled by a handful of firms.

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  10. Nutjob

    November 19th, 2012

    But it does make a little bit nervous to think about how much of our food production is controlled by a handful of firms.

    I agree, but better then the government controlling it. and on a 2nd note, if it wasn’t for these companies investing in and making advancement in pest, weed and disease resistance.
    The world might be burying a couple hundred million more dead and starving people each year.
    The only reason we do now is because of governments, tyrants and dictators who intentionally starve their people out for wealth and power.
    So choose your poison …..but do so carefully.

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  11. Nutjob

    November 19th, 2012

    @Sparks,
    Don’t take what I wrote as bashing you, I’m not in any way.
    Government control is even scarier to me.

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  12. AbigailAdams

    November 19th, 2012

    This is a really easy one to get around. Let the Angus cows eat the vegetation first.

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  13. Menderman

    November 19th, 2012

    In related news:

    “Scientist discovers that Marijuana is not a plant”

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  14. Menderman

    November 19th, 2012

    The left hates Monsanto more than the Koch Brothers…I have not checked into why, but they do.

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  15. Sarcastaballs

    November 19th, 2012

    Didn’t the scientist in the Original “The Thing” movie basically state the same position since The thing was likened to a Super Carrot, you know right before he got a broken clavicle from being hit by James Arness playing said Carrot?

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  16. Moe tom

    November 19th, 2012

    Gives new meaning to “Keep Off The Grass.”

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  17. grayscape

    November 19th, 2012

    Solution: Reduce the worlds population by 90+%. Ohh….that’s already the plan?

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  18. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    November 19th, 2012

    Well if meat and veggies weren’t made to be eaten, then why the fuck are they so delicious???

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  19. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    November 19th, 2012

    People who wear hemp clothing should be flogged.

    Can I do it? heh.

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  20. fullcirclethinker

    November 19th, 2012

    Somebody’s been watching too many cartoons!

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  21. RANDO

    November 19th, 2012

    MJA: I’m with you!

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  22. Twellsy

    November 19th, 2012

    “Rooting Out the Motive of “Plant Rights” idiots”. FIFY.

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  23. Twellsy

    November 19th, 2012

    The article states that this Michael Marder is a philosopher? So I guess if someone writes an idiotic diatribe full of claptrap they can claim to be a philosopher. That means that most repliers to huffpo are right up there with Aristotle.

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  24. Loretta in Indiana

    November 19th, 2012

    They basically want us to become cannibals, except we won’t know that it’s cannibalism — just like in Soylent Green.

    Talking to a Lib the other day and he said that the ideal world population should be 2 billion, and right now it is at 7 billion — so need to get rid of 5 billion people. He was totally serious! That is their end game.

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  25. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 19th, 2012

    I am the president of PETOVV – People for the Ethical Treatment Of Vegetables and Vegetation.

    They cut the heads off lettuce by the 10′s of thousands just to make salad

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  26. Moe tom

    November 19th, 2012

    They dig up potatos from their comfortable beds, pull carrots and onions out from the roots. Uggghhly

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  27. Corona

    November 19th, 2012

    “so need to get rid of 5 billion people”
    “Oh, well then say hello to my lil’ friend!”

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  28. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 19th, 2012

    I say Marder should be on a strict diet of dirt and yellow snow.

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  29. Rick

    November 19th, 2012

    Loretta, did that lib offer to lead the parade of 5 billion?

    Didn’t think so.

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  30. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 19th, 2012

    I’ll bet that even though they pass on the arugula, they all will smoke weed.

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  31. MN Patriot

    November 19th, 2012

    This reminds me, I have’nt watched Soylent Green in a while.
    Think I’ll watch it tonight.

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  32. Freeshiticus

    November 19th, 2012

    The idiot might just be on to something here. If you took all the liberal progressive types and stuck them all together with surgical glue – lips to ass, wouldn’t you only have to feed the one lucky bastard at the front of the line?

    Think I might apply for a grant.

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  33. Skorpion

    November 19th, 2012

    Here’s this tool’s Web site. Try guessing what he looks like BEFORE you click on the link.

    http://www.michaelmarder.org/

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  34. jmikehay

    November 19th, 2012

    ellsworth toohey would look like harry “the worm” reid…and he has the personality of a plant.

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  35. Anonymous

    November 19th, 2012

    Thanks for the article, I will enjoy Crunching on a Head of Lettuce and pulling that Screaming Green Onion out of the ground, Little Peas popping in my mouth and potatoes baked until they are steaming hot. Vegetables, “Get in my Belly!!

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  36. Jorel Lives!

    November 19th, 2012

    “It’s too bad you peas ended up on my dish today. Since you are so hard to pick up, I’m going to stab you repeatedly, squash your guts as belly is spiked with my fork. So long suckers. Now, hello lettuce. How have you been? Still a little wet? No problem. I got something for your and your tomato pals. You think it’s tough sitting next to an onion strip–wait till you see what I got. It’s called salad dressing. Usually I use a mild Thousand Island, but since some screwball(s)have decided you got feelings, I’m going with Balsamic Vinaigrette. You’ll love the acid bath. Close your eyes now. And hey, you raw carrots slices, come here….”

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  37. Feraldog

    November 19th, 2012

    How long can one survive by eating their fingernails?

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  38. simply enraged

    November 19th, 2012

    Perhaps Mr. Marner, “professor” Singer and Loretta’s libidiot too should pay one of Frank Herbert’s slig tanks a visit – a permanent one.

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  39. Geoff C. The Saltine

    November 19th, 2012

    General Co-Editor of “Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought.”

    Can someone tell me what Postmetalphysical Thought is. Is it your thoughts after you are dead? Is that what Marder is talking about. I like compost.

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  40. Sparks

    November 19th, 2012

    @ nutjob
    No offense taken and you’re absolutely correct. I’m just not eager to hand over control of the whole food supply to one corporation either. I guess just not that great at articulate this point without sounding like a lunatic like this Marder guy.
    I guess Monsanto’s alot like the Yankees, you either love them or hate them. My family happens to have several farmers from the anti-Monsanto crowd so it rubs of me.

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  41. Sparks

    November 19th, 2012

    Just search for Monsanto Pollination Lawsuits to see why alot folks don’t like them. That’s the jist of my reservations with them.

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  42. grayjohn

    November 20th, 2012

    I’m old enough to remember when “Professor” was not a synonym for “Retard”.

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  43. Unruly Refugee

    November 20th, 2012

    @Sparks

    I’m with you on that. I hate Monsanto. They have put a lot of small farmers out of business with their thug tactics and law suits over the genetically engineered seed that just happens to fall off a truck or blow in with the wind onto some poor farmer’s land. Roundup Resistant seed is pure poison — for your health and for the future of family owned farms. They patent the seed and their massive team of lawyers go to work tearing down the family farm, one by one.

    I don’t give a fuck what the liberals, or anybody for that matter, say about Monsanto — they need to be stopped before government owns the entire food industry. Look at their board of directors.

    Check out the Monsanto stock that George Sorros owns, then ask yourself what that evil bastard sees in that corrupt company.

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