Sunday Church For Human Animals: You’re Still Using Slavery Arguments; You’re Using Free Market Arguments to Advocate Collectivism; Obamacare Co-Ops Fail… Hundreds of Thousands Face Federal Fines; The Diminishing Cult Of Loren Cordain “Paleo”

~ For nearly 25 years now I’ve loosely used human slavery as a reference or analogy to what exists now in terms of statism, because I would prefer that people get a brain and dump all allegiance to all states worldwide. But it’s imperfect, and I always use it tongue in cheek because I hate diluting the meaning of true slavery.

Even the name of my blog, Free The Animal, contemplates this in a way. The distinction is that these are cages of human, voluntary design and it doesn’t require much overt force when human beings will willingly walk in, close and lock the door, and toss the key out of reach.

They don’t know anything different and reminiscent of Stockholm Syndrome, they’ll keep their cages nice & tidy, and will jeer and laf at all who point out that they’re not only living in a cage, but are keeping it clean and tidy for their zoo masters and love complimentsWhy We Couldn’t Abolish Slavery Then and Can’t Abolish Government Now.

Slavery existed for thousands of years, in all sorts of societies and all parts of the world. To imagine human social life without it required an extraordinary effort. Yet, from time to time, eccentrics emerged to oppose it, most of them arguing that slavery is a moral monstrosity and therefore people should get rid of it. Such advocates generally elicited reactions that ranged from gentle amusement to harsh scorn and violent assault.

When people bothered to give reasons for opposing the proposed abolition, they advanced many different ideas. In the first column of the accompanying table, I list ten such ideas that I have encountered in my reading. At one time, countless people found one or more of these reasons an adequate ground on which to oppose the abolition of slavery.

In retrospect, however, these reasons seem shabby—more rationalizations than reasons. They now appear to nearly everyone to be, if not utterly specious, then shaky or, at best, unpersuasive, notwithstanding an occasional grain of truth. No one now dredges up these ideas or their corollaries to support a proposal for reestablishing slavery. Although vestiges of slavery exist in northern Africa and a few other places, the idea that slavery is a defensible social institution is defunct. Reasons that once, not so long ago, seemed to provide compelling grounds for opposing the abolition of slavery now pack no intellectual punch.

…Except when precisely the exact same arguments are always used by 100% of people all the time to mock people like me who’ve been calling for the abolition of state “slavery” for 25 years, now.

Strange to say, however, the same ideas once trotted out to justify opposition to the abolition of slavery are now routinely trotted out to justify opposition to the abolition of government (as we know it). Libertarian anarchists bold enough to have publicly advanced their proposal for abolishing the state will have encountered many, if not all, of the arguments used for centuries to prop up slavery. Thus, we may make a parallel list, as shown in the table’s second column. […]

Libertarian anarchists do not deny that such social functions must be carried out if a society is to function successfully. They do deny, however, that we must have government (as we know it) to carry them out. Libertarian anarchists prefer that these functions be carried out by private providers with whom the beneficiaries have agreed to deal. When I write about government “as we know it,” I am referring to the monopolistic, individually nonconsensual form of government that now exists virtually everywhere on earth. […]

The similarity of arguments against the abolition of slavery and arguments against the abolition of government (as we know it) should shake the faith of all Americans who still labor under the misconception that ours is a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” From where I stand, it looks distressingly like an institutional complex that rests on the same shaky intellectual foundations as slavery.

  • Slavery is natural. Government is natural.
  • Slavery has always existed. Government has always existed.
  • Every society on earth has slavery. Every society on earth has government.
  • The slaves are not capable of taking care of themselves. The people are not capable of taking care of themselves
  • Without masters, the slaves will die off. Without government, the people will die off.
  • Where the common people are free, they are even worse off than slaves. Where the common people have no government, they are much worse off (e.g., Somalia).
  • Getting rid of slavery would occasion great bloodshed and other evils. Getting rid of government would occasion great bloodshed and other evils.
  • Without slavery, the former slaves would run amuck, stealing, raping, killing, and generally causing mayhem. Without government, the people would run amuck, stealing, raping, killing, and generally causing mayhem.
  • Trying to get rid of slavery is foolishly utopian and impractical; only a fuzzy-headed dreamer would advance such a cockamamie proposal. Trying to get rid of government is foolishly utopian and impractical; only a fuzzy-headed dreamer would advance such a cockamamie proposal.
  • Forget abolition. A far better plan is to keep the slaves sufficiently well fed, clothed, housed, and occasionally entertained and to take their minds off their exploitation by encouraging them to focus on the better life that awaits them in the hereafter. Forget anarchy. A far better plan is to keep the ordinary people sufficiently well fed, clothed, housed, and entertained and to take their minds off their exploitation by encouraging them to focus on the better life that awaits them in the hereafter.

Object lesson in the sort-sighted, demagogic ignorance of both Democrat and Republican politicians and their swarms & hills of “gimme free stuff” bee & ant constituencies, never better illustrated than in the hand wringing of paying too much for their medicine chests.

You Can Now Buy the Drug Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Hiked 5,000% for a Dollar

“And far from a charity case, Baum told Business Insider he expected to make ‘tremendous profit’ with the new pricing.”



~ This is so delicious it makes me giddy. Fucks given? Zero.


A Third of Obamacare Co-Ops Shut Down

Hundreds of thousands people will lose their insurance plans as a raft of health insurance cooperatives (CO-OPs) created by the Affordable Care Act will cease operations.

Just last week, CO-OPs in Oregon, Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky announced that they would be winding down operations due to lower than expected enrollment and solvency concerns (although the one in Colorado is suing the state over the shutdown order). They join four other CO-OPs that have announced that they would be closing their doors.

In total, only 15 out of the 23 CO-OPs created by the law remain. These closures reveal how ill-advised this aspect of the ACA was both in terms of lost money and the turmoil for the people who enrolled in them. The eight that have failed have received almost $1 billion in loans, and overall CO-OPs received loans totaling $2.4 billion that might never get paid back.

In addition, roughly 400,000 people will lose their plans.

And if they don’t pop for the 50-100% rate hikes I’ve seen, they’ll ironically be fined for what’s largely and inability to pay.

Let me help some of you get your fucking heads out of your asses.

The Obama administration encouraged a bunch of Co-Op startups, propped up with your money from a different pocket (to the tune of a $2 billion.&half), so they could induce a lot of people to sign up for “affordable” low premiums, which were actually below cost, and figured that when they collapsed, people would just shrug off 50%+ increases in premiums?

Yea, pretty much. Democrats, generally, never saw a voter they didn’t hope was pretty stupid.

….But, you must wait for the rest of the story.

That’s when Democrats charge that insurance commissions in Republican controlled states are “going after” Co-Ops; because, of course, ensuring solvency in a business is so Republican and politically motivated.

~ Loran Cordain is a cult leader, using graduate minions to prop up his The paleo Diet™ Church.

I was going to devote a blog to this, but cults are so 70s, and look how dismissible the vegan cult is?

How many of the six sociological characteristics of cults apply to Cordain, et al?

  1. Authoritarian Leadership
  2. Exclusivism
  3. Isolationism
  4. Opposition to Independent Thinking
  5. Fear of Being “Disfellowshiped”
  6. Threats of Satanic Attack

Hell, you have almost all of them in a single post from a couple of weeks ago: CHARISMATIC PALEO BLOGGERS: RIGOROUS CAUTION REQUIRED.

Some of the most well recognized names in the “Paleosphere” surprisingly maintain few professional, academic, or even experiential credentials which would qualify them as scientists, researchers or even lay experts in the discipline. These self proclaimed, charismatic authorities have influenced and continue to influence hundreds of thousands of people based upon nothing more than their untested subjective opinions and limited understanding of the scientific, peer review literature.

Most have never been trained in the research process, few maintain anything more than a bare bones understanding of the scientific method and don’t have even the slightest inkling of the statistical or research design issues that can make or break the validity and generalizability of any scientific study. Universally, none of these influential paleo bloggers have an extensive publication record in the scientific peer review literature relating to Paleo diets or anything else.

Accordingly, their blogs have no origins in their own prior refereed scientific writings (because they don’t have any). Unfortunately, these bloggers can utter just about anything they desire about contemporary paleo diets because virtually no objective system of checks and balances underlie their writings and opinions.

Here’s all you need to know: “These self proclaimed, charismatic authorities have influenced and continue to influence hundreds of thousands of people.”

That’s right, fuck face. Kiss my butt, you pathetic piece of soiled ass-wipe. You’re a fucking pussy, Cordain. You never come out of your Ivory Tower Cloister. I have dozens of Pub-Med referenced challenges to you on this very blog, and I’m not some vegan fucktard, and you and your sycophants know it. How about your embarrassing diatribe on honey? How about iron fortification and whole grains?

You completely hide, along with that idiot butt-kisser Thaler you’ve got, about the real research on honey…preferring to have the lie out there (why do you fucking lie so much, Cordain?) that’s it’s essentially HFCS. Fucking charlatan for money are you.

Then, you go and do a five-part (FIVE PARTS!) wheat series using your other ass-kisser, Connor, and where in those five parts do you address a single thing about the fact that the French eat 40% more wheat than we do (refined even) and don’t seem to have our problems (you are falsified right off the bat, making you and Connor fucking frauds and liars)? Where did you make a single distinction between refined and iron-enriched grains, where the nutrient dense germ (and bran) have been stripped for benefit of industrial shelf storage, putting them in serious mineral imbalance, copper and manganese being essential to proper iron utilization, just as it is for the plants themselves?

Oh, and then, as if to double down and make sure your sycophant cult followers are on board, you take away even more perfectly edible stuff: STOP SETTLING FOR PSEUDO HEALTH AND SAY NO TO PSEUDOGRAINS.

It’s getting more like a vegan cult every day.

It’s not much of a secret that I could never stomach you, ass wipe—confirmed solidly when I met you in the hotel bar at AHS11. What a fucking condescending, elitist prick you were. You had zero recognition of why you were even there, seemed flabbergasted and gobsmacked play-dumb, that your stupid book from 2,000 was all of a sudden selling—and then had the temerity to suggest that someone (meaning, people other than you) go buy a case of wine for Aaron Blaisdell’s presenter party we were all headed to.

Ass wipe.


Well, I see no reason to change current theme song, for the time-being.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. David on October 25, 2015 at 19:21

    On the ACA co-ops that failed, what options are available to these folks?

    • Richard Nikoley on October 26, 2015 at 07:21

      Pay a lot more to the for profit companies, or have no insurance and get fined.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 26, 2015 at 07:23

      Or, or course, get a job with a company that provides it so the cost is hidden in bebefits and you won’t know what you could be making and paying for your own services if we lived in a free market society.

  2. Brian on October 26, 2015 at 08:01

    I have a half-baked theory about detecting the moment when a diet fad has reached it’s half-life; and that is when you can purchase diet-labeled brownies. Low-fat brownies, Sugar-free brownies, Atkins/Keto brownies, and of course Paleo Brownies.

    I guess its a testament to our culture that we expect all results to come pain-free. No need to concede on any desire or whim ever. I’m gonna do this thing no matter what and figure out a way to literally have my cake and eat it to (touche). I hold out little hope that the general population will figure out that eating whole foods, unmolested by deconstruction, genetic modification, or chemical processing is the way to go.

    Probiotic brownies in 3….2…1

    • edster on October 27, 2015 at 03:07


    • David on October 27, 2015 at 03:37

      RE: Cookies
      The ingredients list is revolting

  3. MissMcGillicuddy on October 26, 2015 at 08:05

    Where’s chapter 1? philosophic framework for the rights of the individual vs. the rights of the collective? maybe you wrote about it along time ago and I missed it, but would be cool if you started from a philosophical point of view and brought the discussion forward to the concepts of governance, laws, enslavement, protectionism, etc…

    • Richard Nikoley on October 26, 2015 at 08:33

      See The Manifesto, under the About tab.

  4. Dan on October 26, 2015 at 14:32

    Richard I don’t know if this would cover close to your costs but I would pay to access posts like this in audio format, its easy to consume whilst doing other things, I think Patreon can help you to do it per post to gauge uptake. It might help to reach more minds.

    Re Paleo cultism. Former worshipper here. I think Paleo is a heuristic being claimed as science, when its merely “less wrong” as you say. Most people feel better ditching wheat and conclude wheat=bad. A lot of paleo brains have also given much of their time to “debunking” the French paradox or the Okinawan paradox when its clear more research could have uncovered this sooner.

    I came to Paleo in 2009 and I bet much of the research material you and the Duck Dodgers uncover and use was dated prior to then, available with some honest inquiry and thus making it as you say, fraud.

    • Dave on October 26, 2015 at 16:06

      +1 for the audio, Dan.

      A weekly podcast would be great.

  5. RMcSack on October 27, 2015 at 10:38

    It’s funny how many douchebags hide behind ‘the scientific process’ while cherry picking the results. If you read his little diatribe on millet and goiters, and then actually read the study he cites, the researchers actually said that a more significant commonality appeared to be anemia, and Vitamin A deficiency. Nevermind confounders, or seeing things more holistically. Just make sure you find enough data to fit your narrative!

    • Richard Nikoley on October 27, 2015 at 13:17

      Good on ya for actually looking that far.

      It’s been a long time since I read a full Cordain post or delved into a reference. He operates like a televangelist and cites studies like they cite scrpiture, and I recognized that early on.

      It’s probably why none if any of the modern Paleo movement ever cite him, much.

      Fork. Done.

  6. Chris D on October 27, 2015 at 17:54

    Thanks! I almost forgot that Cordain even existed. He was/is a big advocate of eating lean meats only, citing that wild game is very lean compared to domesticated animals. It is, but the weakness here is that anyone who has ever hunted and cleaned wild game knows that it has large deposits of fat in the gut cavity and under the skin. Paleo humans would have had easy access to free fat deposits for cooking. I doubt they killed a deer, took the lean meat and then left the fat and internal organs for scavengers. It seemed to me that Cordain just tried to make his Paleo diet fit the low fat conventional wisdom. Having done most of his work in the 70s and 80s I’m sure he was full of low fat dogma. Once it became safe to eat saturated animal fat in the Paleo world, he reluctantly changed his tune only to preserve his credibility. After that I saw most of the rest of his arguments as equally weak, even the ones I wish were true. Cordain is yet another guru on my scrap heap pile of paleo books along with Taubes and Davis.

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