You might hold an ethical position that it’s wrong to lie but if you have plans for a war in Iraq and you want to keep them secret for practical reasons – to reduce casualties perhaps – and someone asks you about those plans you may need to lie for a ‘good’ outcome.
Without in any way minimising the economic and psychological blow that people experience when they lose their jobs the unemployed in affluent countries still have a safety net in the form of social security payments and usually free healthcare and free education for their children. They also have sanitation and safe drinking water.
When fish experience something that would cause other animals physical pain they behave in ways suggestive of pain and the change in behaviour may last several hours.
What is faith? If you believe something because you have evidence for it or rational argument that is not faith. So faith seems to be believing something despite the absence of evidence or rational argument for it.
The hope of Internet anarchists was that repressive governments would have only two options: accept the Internet with its limitless possibilities of spreading information or restrict Internet access to the ruling elite and turn your back on the 21st century as North Korea has done.
So basically my view is I don’t want to support the exploitation of animals and within reason I will do what I can to avoid it but it’s not like it’s a religion for me. It’s not like I consider I’m polluted if somehow some bit of milk or cheese or something passes my lips.
Knowledge is generally considered a good thing so presumably knowing more about how the U.S. thinks and operates around the world is also good.
In the sense that you’re not at the centre of power like a president or prime minister of a major power everyone is marginalised my position doesn’t isn’t unique in that respect. I think there are different sorts of relevance in different contexts.
In most of the world it is accepted that if animals are to be killed for food they should be killed without suffering.
In a democracy citizens pass judgment on their government and if they are kept in the dark about what their government is doing they cannot be in a position to make well-grounded decisions.