Is it just me or do Paleos tend to be Libertarian? Perhaps it's easier to accept that the Conventional Wisdom is BS if you already are outside the mainstream politically... What are your thoughts?
I tend to vary politically based on issue and overall favor localized deregulated economies.
I find the general homogenization in public schools disturbing and even more so given the amount of flour and sugar shoved down our children's throats in the name of cheap lunch. I find the idea of sharing a health care plan with the large majority of people who seem to think that's OK...disturbing, but it's largely not their fault.
I also did my senior thesis in agricultural economics on the regulatory obstacles to local food, which are many, and keep us from healthy raw milk and pastured meat from small farms...while allowing large corporations free rein. Food regulation should be for situations where we can't examine things ourselves, not for small local farms.
I suggest everyone interested in local food and regulation check out Everything I Want to Do is Illegal.
I'm a right-leaning Libertarian, myself. I have noticed that there seem to be more Libertarians in the Paleo community. I think it's that both Paleos and Libertarians tend to question the status quo whilst maintaining a good grasp on reality.
I also have noticed that every single vegan and most vegetarians that I have ever known were frothing liberals.
I'm an f-ing pinko (or maybe "social democrat," with a degree in economics), not that I'm spoiling for a political debate, 'cause I'm not.
I think making generalizations of political philosophy based on how much meat I eat and how bloody I like it is just as misguided as making assumptions of what a crunchy granola eater believes.
The high profile libertarian-leaners in the paleo blog community are a serious turn-off for me. (My eyes got a few extra revolutions during the health care fiasco, but again, not spoiling for a fight.) But I'm able to keep my politics very separate from my diet and exercise, and I don't need one umbrella "philosophy of everything" to govern my entire life.
In short, is there a paleo-friendly translation for "get your chocolate out of my peanut butter?"
I'm a liberal Democrat, but I think there's a few Libertarian-leaning bloggers who get lots of attention, so that could make it seem like most paleo types are Libertarian.
I think believing the entire government nutrition scheme to be almost completely backwards would incline one to see government as incapable, incompetent, dangerous and possibly corrupt (in the case of grain lobbying influence on gov nutrition recommendations and whatnot). which are values that would probably incline one towards desiring an unpowerful government (libertarianism).
Becoming paleo has actually shaken my whole view of free markets. I was a libertarian economics major in college, but after studying the food system, I don't know how anyone in their right mind could agree that pure capitalism (if that exists) is a way to govern the global market for food. Whether it even should be global is another discussion entirely.
Read Raj Patel's Value of Nothing or check out this lecture for a nice dose of his humor and brilliance on the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCfuwTPCmqE
If left to the devices of profit-motivated, outside the box thinking, corporate genius when it comes to the free market food system, we get....exactly what we have today. Huge efficiencies in production in terms of dollars, huge inefficiencies in terms of environmental impact. Huge profit efficiencies for corporations, huge inefficiencies for public health, health care, and overall welfare of the nation and world.
This particular system is broken and I'm curious how Milton Friedman would respond to it.
I'm not a libertarian, but I am definitely a contrarian. I think the ability to challenge conventional wisdom in any field is extremely important. I just try and challenge every piece of information that comes my way, especially so when I sense lots of people and organisations with their own interests at heart feverishly defending a point.
Since the paleo diet/lifestyle is not mainstream, the only way to learn about it is to read books and blogs. This means that the people who adopt it are intellectually curious, and probably have a contrarian bent as well. Since curious people come from all walks of life, I think that paleos would run the gamut of political persuasions. It would be interesting to test this with a poll of paleos.
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