Disappearance of the Fat Libertarian
by Allan Stevo: Why
We Shouldn’t Want the Media’s Help
to be a new trend in the libertarian movement – "going paleo"
is how it is commonly referenced. Usually it means cutting out the
sugars and grains in accordance with what researchers believe was
the human diet for most of our history. These are foods, with which,
according to the theory, the human body is therefore more comfortable.
This diet takes on many forms, but as far as I can tell they all
talk about reducing the amount of heavily processed carbohydrates
and fats in the diet and in other ways seeking to eat foods that
are more natural. There are several factors that have come together
that has made this a popular diet among libertarians I’ve met.
There's a segment
of society that is contrarian
by nature. They will automatically challenge everything that
they are told is received wisdom. These are people who almost always
swim against the stream and tend to feel more comfortable in the
role of opposition. Libertarians tend to be composed disproportionately
of these people.
into consideration, it would only make sense that the medical establishment
would say "You must eat a diet low in fats, especially saturated
fats" and many libertarians would respond resoundingly "No!" Instead
of simply denouncing all health advice, going paleo offers another
structured path, while diverging from the government pronouncements
on diet and nutrition.
anti-state/anti-government trend in libertarianism that doesn’t
just advocate for smaller government, but totally rejects the legitimacy
of government. Accordingly, it totally rejects the legitimacy of
anything the government has to say about health.
prevalence of special interests in seeking special favor and status
from government, libertarians tend to reject advice of government
because it is typically not the impartial advice that we are often
told it to be, but is rather very biased advice that comes from
whoever the highest bidder is or from lobbyists who have some other
type of non-financial influence. Lobbyists get government to take
controversial opinions and declare those opinions unquestionable
account these tendencies to let lobbyists create policy, it's no
wonder libertarians tend to challenge government-praised "improvements"
in life rather than blindly accepting them. Vaccines, fluoridated
drinking water, the carbohydrate-heavy food pyramid, or amalgam
fillings are just a few aspects of conventional wisdom that many
libertarians have yet to be convinced of.
may feel that libertarians tend to be too critical of government,
even sometimes erring on the side of caution by blaming government
even for problems with which government has nothing to do, libertarians
tend to be incredibly astute observers of when government has failed
in its duty to the governed. This duty of government doing good
by people (beyond bare bones protections on life, liberty, and property)
is a widely perceived notion that libertarians love to smash. Accordingly
when three decades of the Department of Education correlates positively
with three decades of lower test scores, something in the libertarian
cringes (and probably rejoices a little too!) at the failure of
When the lobbyist-created
and government-praised food pyramid of healthy eating coincides
with higher rates of obesity, libertarians are quick to take note
of the correlation.
When the government
is insisting that people follow a broken diet and other healthcare
pronouncements, it should surprise no one when many, many libertarians
are among the early pioneers to say "I want to try something
else, because it’s clear the government model is not working."
of running a campaign is to win office. That, I believe, has been
and remains the goal of Ron Paul 2012. Many added benefits come
about from an independent thinker like Ron Paul running nationally.
One of those benefits is that the proverbial pot gets stirred.
During a vigorous
national campaign like the one Ron Paul is running, libertarians
and libertarian-leaning folks from all over the country end up meeting
each other and talking. Those who would never have talked to each
other under any other circumstances suddenly find themselves having
an engaging discussion that goes far beyond the usual formalities
that often take place when two strangers meet and exchange a few
words for the first time. Social circles change and expand, Facebook
friend lists grow, the informal
non-media channels that libertarians use to pass along information
develop and are strengthened.
Ron Paul 2012 some ten or twenty thousand libertarians met people
for the first time who looked at the free campaign pizza being offered
to them and refused to eat it because they were paleo. Hear that
enough and you start asking questions about this lifestyle and maybe
even start trying this paleo thing out for yourself. There's no
way to quantify how effective Ron Paul 2012 was in stirring the
pot of ideas among libertarians. One small, symbolic example is
its impact on diet. There are dozens of other impacts in dialogue
that came about.
lore speaks of Lew Rockwell as a vegetarian, his website encourages
a specific form of the paleo diet - Mark Sisson's Primal Diet, which
seems to be the ultimate bloody meat eater’s guilt free diet. As
long as you keep it within some set parameters of the meats being
relatively well-raised, there's not much you should shy away from
in this diet - loads of fat, including a super high daily intake
of saturated fats if you’d like that, and heck eating fresh lard,
fresh butter, lots of fresh meats is all encouraged – even eating
offal is encouraged if that’s your scene. None of that is a problem.
At the same
time energy levels rise and the pounds fall away, blood pressure
and bad cholesterol drop, and common illnesses become less of a
problem, sometimes even entirely disappearing - as is often pointed
out on Fridays at Sisson's website Mark’s
Daily Apple. This is all despite eating some of the things
we've been told are bad for us – which is, again, lots and lots
of red meat, saturated fats, and overall increased dietary fats.
Sisson goes much further and presents an overall plan for wellness
that he crafts out of his theories about how Grok the fictional
everyman of cavemen may have lived.
regularly features work by the contrarian and well-read Dr. Joseph
Mercola. Taken together Mercola and Sisson form a paleo tour de
force, but my guess is that neither one of them knows the other,
making the harmony and occasional discordance of their views even
more enjoyable to observe, especially since one is a practicing
doctor and the other is simply well-read and in great physical condition.
wouldn't call himself something catchy and trendy like "paleo,"
but he and Sisson share a lot of the same values - meat can be good,
eat natural whole foods, stay away from sugar, stay away from Frankenstein
oils and foods, and go easy on the carbs. Their ideas have much
As Ron Paul's
campaign progresses, I'm hearing the same thing said more and more
"look at all the weight you lost" or "what happened to you, did
you go paleo or something?" Decades ago doctors knew that high fat,
high protein, low carb diets could drastically reduce weight and
heal many ailments. It was once a standard treatment for epilepsy.
Today with natural food becoming increasingly easier to come by
in all corners of the U.S. that diet is starting to feel a whole
lot healthier and intuitive. If canned spinach were all you could
get 9 months out of the year, a diet high in vegetables wouldn't
sound all that appetizing to you. However, lots of affordable, fresh,
high quality produce and meats are increasingly becoming the norm
year round all over the U.S.
libertarians have come upon this method of eating that seems foolproof
and nutritious to many people who try it. It’s an equation that
proves consistent and enjoyable results for anyone disciplined enough
to make the change. This seems so much to be the case that I wonder
if we are looking at the end of the fat libertarian. The only question
remains therefore - is there enough discipline in the individual
to follow a diet of this nature? Perhaps this offers some enterprising
young Austrian an opportunity for a real-world study of rational
behavior in humans.
As the rest
of society seems to increasingly lose grips of what is taking place
around them, I increasingly see libertarians preparing themselves
and becoming increasingly well-positioned in society. I’ve seen
this happening as members of the liberty movement grow more nicely
groomed, well dressed, and poised, slender
and fit, politically
active, likely to use
the Internet to learn, courageous
enough to take risks, skilled
at marksmanship, positioned
to be in good condition no matter how strong or weak fiat currencies
are, well-travelled and knowledgeable
about the world. When I hear about the popularity of the primal
diet and many others success-generating trends among libertarians,
I recognize that what was once a movement largely populated by social
misfits is becoming a training ground for success in life.
May 31, 2012
Stevo [send him mail]
a writer who remains on the campaign trail for Ron Paul, because
he recognizes the importance of that support. He is the author of
to Win America for Ron Paul and the Cause of Freedom in 2012.
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