As George Orwell once noted, “The worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.” According to Orwell, the typical socialist is “either a youthful snob-Bolshevik … or, still more typically, a prim little man with a white-collar job, usually a secret teetotaler, and often with vegetarian leanings.” Orwell wrote those words in 1937, but they’re entirely recognizable today, especially the line about vegetarianism. There’s something about the left that makes them highly neurotic about food. That’s been true for generations, but there’s evidence the impulse is getting worse.
During CNN’s recent marathon climate change debate, the hosts asked the Democratic candidates if they would support changing our country’s dietary guidelines, known as the food pyramid, to reduce red meat and thereby reduce global warming. Sen. Kamala Harris quickly agreed. So did Andrew Yang, who said: “It’s good for the environment, it’s good for your health if you eat less meat. Certainly, meat is an expensive thing to produce.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren agreed: “Look, there are a lot of ways that we try to change our energy consumption. … Some of it is with lightbulbs, some of it is on straws, some of it, dang, is on cheeseburgers, right?”
Catch that? Warren says you eat too many cheeseburgers — as if it’s any of her business. But that’s the thing: She actually thinks it is her business. They all think that. The activist left seeks to control everything you do, including what you put in your mouth. For the last few years, they’ve been pushing you to eat bugs. Recall this headline from The Washington Post: “Eating bugs can help the environment.” Or this one from The New York Times: “Why aren’t we eating more insects?” Bizarre. Why would they want you to eat insects? Because it’s repulsive and un-American, of course, and therefore, in the eyes of the left, it must be awesome. The more perverse and unnatural the better. That’s always been the left’s standard.