"…to move selves from the endorsement of ethical principles to the actual practice of ethical behaviors. …Some in political theory, perhaps most notably Nancy Fraser in Justice Interruptus, criticized this turn as a retreat to soft, psycho-cultural issues of identity at the expense of the hard, political issues of economic justice, environmental sustainability, human rights, or democratic governance. Others (I am in this camp) replied that the bodily disciplines through which ethical sensibilities and social relations are formed and reformed are /themselves/ political and constitute a whole (underexplored) field of ‘micropolitics’ without which any principle or policy risks being just a bunch of words. There will be no greening of the economy, no redistribition of wealth, no enforcement or extension of rights without human dispositions, moods, and cultural ensembles hospitable to these effects."
— Jane Bennett, in Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things
I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue…. Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing — fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand…. A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men. It needs a fearless outlook and a free intelligence.
— fr. “Why I am not a Christian,” Bertrand Russell
" The decision to eat animal products sourced from small, local, and sustainable farms might seem like a fundamental rejection of big business as usual. It is, however, an implicit but powerful confirmation of the single most critical behavior necessary to the perpetuation of factory farming: eating animals. So long as consumers continue to eat meat, eggs, and dairy — even if they are sourced from small farms practicing the highest welfare and safety standards — they’re providing, however implicitly, an endorsement of the products that big agriculture will always be able to produce more efficiently and cheaply. And thus dominate." - James McWilliams