— Leo Tolstoy.
— Glenn Greenwald, “Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault on Gaza.”
— Aldous Huxley.
We’ll take it from here.
From the City Council that declared war on trans-fats and fast-food restaurants comes the latest way to make residents feel, well, guilty about what they eat.
The Los Angeles council, in a 14-0 vote on Friday, adopted a resolution urging residents to adopt a personal pledge to have a “meatless Monday.”
While it does not have the force of law and police will not be checking what you brought to work for lunch, city officials said they hope it will start a trend, make residents healthier and reduce the impact on the environment.
Is nothing sacred?
It’s not enforced by threat of violence… yet. First, I’m sure, will be the schools - where government control is strongest. Some will voluntarily enact “Meatless Mondays” out of ideological solidarity, though others will do so to win the good graces of superiors. Eventually, entire districts will mandate vegetarian-only meals once a month, and eventually once a week. No doubt there are food providers who would be happy to comply. (Though considering what they use as “meat” in government schools, maybe I shouldn’t complain…) And is it that far-fetched - when governments already ban sodas over a certain size and demand certain nutritional requirements in happy meals - for the über-statist city council of Los Angeles in the über-statist state of California (whose foie gras ban went into affect a few months ago, and in which Democrats now have super-majorities in both the state assembly and the state senate) to mandate such a thing in the name of health and the environment?
And of course, all talk of “health” is laughable since for many “meatless” just means a giant plate of macaroni and cheese or pizza - gut bombs of processed, gluten-rich, corn-syrup-saturated carbs. A truly healthy meal, instead, emphasizes what human beings are most biologically tuned to eat, including healthy animal proteins and fats.
Anyway, I rummaged through my stash in the work refrigerator and, in protest, this was my lunch today:
Forgive my brief lapse in decorum, but… Suck my balls, LA City Council.