We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Why moralism spoils the appetite - Adam Gopnik makes a powerful and entertaining case for why we shouldn’t ruin the aesthetic pleasure of food by adding a side order of moralism.
We have often posted here about food cranks and food Nazis, "organic food" nonsense and "natural food" nonsense, and even the concept of "healthy food". The "moral food" fad is just the latest incarnation of cranky food Calvinism - which is another incarnation of cranky Calvinism.
If I have ever wanted to get a lecture on my inferiority whilst sitting at the dinner table, all I had to do was remark how I didn't understand the moralization of food. I have yet to have a single fellow diner agree with me about the silliness of the '60s moralizations of food.
Why I am not a Green: I don't believe Gaia (the Greens' word for God) is offended by hamburgers.
Why I am not a Jew: I don't believe Jehovah (the Jews' word for God) is offended by cheeseburgers.
Why I am not a Muslim: I don't believe Allah (the Muslims' word for God) is offended by bacon cheeseburgers.
This has nothing to do with Calvinism. If you knew what it really was you would agree with me. Being a strong Calvinist myself, I have personally chopped the heads off several chickens and regularly dine on store bought birds without a care or concern as to their personal comfort. Please recheck your personal bias. They are off base here.