Moral Responsibility IV

Democracy of philosophy

The activists also don’t hold any consistent philosophy about animal use.

Some are members of a group called Animal Liberation, named after Peter Singer’s book of the same name, which, when it came out, advocated improving animal use, but not necessarily eliminating it.


Moral Responsibility III

Bitterness and hatred

In the Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin explains that he was caught in the middle of two opposing forces: one being “do-nothingism,” the other “bitterness and hatred” towards whites, veering towards violence.

Yet he presented a third way he regarded as superior, a:

way of love and nonviolent protest.


Moral Responsibility II


While the April Day of Action wasn’t direct action, the activists nevertheless regarded it as such (saying it would be “biggest animal rights direct action the world has ever seen.”).

In the Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin describes four steps leading to the direct action he took part in:

collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action.


Moral Responsibility I

Note: To mark my most recent return from the wilderness, i’ve divided this article into a few parts, as it was originally fairly long, and made a few slight changes.

The photo above shows animal activists in Queensland, Australia, wearing black shirts that read:

One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

This is an extract from Martin Luther King’s, Letter from Birmingham Jail.



The passage below comes from Ayn Rand’s book The Romantic Manifesto, which describes her philosophy of art, in particular literature.

It strongly applies to me.



View from the Burj Khalifa, Nick Fewings

Article by Richard M Ebeling, from

One of the great controversies in modern society concerns the necessary and required functions of government. There are few who disagree that if government is to exist then it certainly has the duty and responsibility to secure and protect essential rights of every individual, including the right to life, liberty, and honestly acquired property. But there are a wide variety of tasks that the private sector could better provide that many think must be supplied by the government.