[Marxism] The Price of Meat | The New Republic

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 7 06:19:42 MDT 2019

As Joshua Specht shows in Red Meat Republic, the wide availability of 
beef has long been deeply entwined with the expansion of American 
commerce and power. As cattle ranching and meat-packing transformed the 
economy in the late nineteenth century, the United States acquired new 
territories, the apparatus of the state grew, and Americans came to 
expect cheap and plentiful meat. Our desire for hamburgers is 
inseparable from the economic system we have set up. It follows that 
only a broader challenge to the system could alter our patterns of 
consumption, even if your main beef with those patterns is concerns with 
how cows are treated or what humans ought to eat. 


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