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Reply to pleh .
I like your argument -- I've used it myself, to point out that in eating meat, the meat-eater is not only complicit in the economic logic of animal-slaughter and dangerous, shocking working conditions, but primary. Further, I justify my own meat-eating on the basis that I have killed animals within the economy of animal-slaughter, and understand my primacy in this localized economy. We are all killers.
Really, I think any notion of "progress" -- that we celebrate Thanksgiving in a different way than past Pilgrims who committed ethnic cleansing -- to be absolutely false. In the tradition of Nietzsche, I realize the brutal nature of modern life (and life), and celebrate its complexity.
A turkey's thin head has been cut from its fattened body 1,500 miles away from me to feed my whim of American tradition. A 16-year-old Chinese woman works seven days a week, eleven months a year, for what I make in a month, and I complain of my own poverty -- yet happily roast with the coffeemaker she contributed one piece of.
All this is to be marveled at and celebrated, not wearily denounced. As you say, we can't overhaul the whole capitalist system, nor would we want to.
I read that "there are already enough products on the market; buy used stuff." I like that, but can't completely do it; my vanity demands new boots and denim pants; I'll take my shirts used from Twice as Nice.
No profanes - sacred