30 October 2007

"Hitler was a vegetarian" arguments

One of the terrible things about being vegan are the arguments that your omnivorous peers always want to start. The most useless (and wrong) point they usually bring up is the "Hitler was a vegetarian" argument. First of all, Hitler was not a vegetarian, and I'm not sure why that rumor started. Second, and more importantly, what does it matter? Who would care if Hitler was a vegetarian?

It isn't just vegetarianism that the Hitler comparison is used for. How many times has George Bush been compared to Hitler? I'm not saying there's no comparison, but what I do want to get across is that using Hitler for comparison is just a form of fear-mongering. And it degrades every discussion it's used in. When I'm debating with someone and they say something like, "Well, that's what Hitler did", I completely dismiss their entire argument from that point on.

If you're argument is so weak that you have to use Hitler, just stop arguing. It's time to do some research.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The rumor you're speaking about started as part of a propaganda campaign designed to portray Hitler as a paragon of morality to the German people (other bits included that he abstained from alcohol and women, also false, especially in light of Eva Braun and the strange relationship he had with his niece). Hitler DID abstain from meat for various periods of time to help his digestion, but of course nixing the meat for a week or two hardly makes one a vegatarian. You'll find more about this in various biographies on him, if you're interested.

I always find it interesting that people who use Hitler's supposed vegetarianism as proof that the diet is somehow invalid never seem to remember Gandhi and all the vegetarians who worked for the betterment of humanity.

_yggdrasil @ livejournal who found your blog via google