I find the tone of the piece depressing, reinforcing the sense of faddishness that the media tend to attach to anything to do with food (or perhaps anything at all). Next month, dolphin steaks will probably be all the rage.
Persons who care about what they eat are the “converted”? Criticisms against critical thinking are wearing thin. As a society we will have to start defending what we do as individuals. ‘Power Vegan’, ironically exposes the hypocrisies of conformity – Joel Stein is aware of this, and in a last ditch effort to avoid self-examination, he portrays persons who do not support animal exploitation as the ‘other’ or ‘they’. It’s articles like this that propel the myth that it costs more to eat a vegan diet. Many thinking persons employ fallacies concerning the economics of ‘food’. I think Stein wants desperately to keep reason out of reach - ‘Exclusive clubs’, ‘veganism isn’t cheap’, both reinforce the idea that complacency and conformity are honorable attributes.
If he could just follow the evidence to its obvious conclusion he could avoid investing so much effort and ink to all those clever distancing devices. (Reminds me of those who seem most able/inclined to think when defending their right not to think.)
so being vegan is like being part of mensa?
Only more prestigious.