More on O’Keefe and Universal Kinship

While reading O’Keefe’s comments below, I decided for the heck of it to visit his website, the Universal Kinship Society.
Let’s take a look at it together, shall we? I shall spare you the standard lefty drivel about peace and justice and equality… you know it already. Instead, let’s parse the UKS’s logo:

Obviously this is taken from Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man sketch..
O’Keefe adds a ring of names around his logo, presumably of people he admires. Da Vinci gets a mention, as do Gandhi (misspelled), Siddhartha, Twain, Darwin Tolstoy, Einstein and Schweitzer. Good choices all (if a bit heavy on the dead white European males, heh heh). Shaw too… a bit too old-school commie for my taste, but I can live with that. Goodall, the chimp woman… okay, I can understand that in a let’s-all-cuddle-up-to-Mother-Earth sort of way. But the last two names had me gawking.
Carson and Moore.
That would be, I’m assuming, Rachel and Michael. Thoroughly discredited environmentalist and thoroughly discredited filmmaker. It is an insult to the others to include those two frauds in this pantheon. But it does tell you a bit about who O’Keefe’s heroes are. I’d say he’s closer in spirit to Moore than to Twain or Da Vinci, for sure. Poor Sam and Leo are turning over in their graves at the thought of even being compared to a moral dishrag like Ken Nichols O’Keefe.

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3 comments

  1. Richard Platt

    I took a fact-finding trip into the bowels of his website, and it seems the Moore in question is one Howard Moore (1862-1916). Has anyone ever heard of him?

  2. CK

    Just surfing by (actually looking for pages about Moore; not sure who Carson is). Moore is the author of “The Universal Kinship” (my copy is from 1918), which argues for vegetarianism based on the common descent of animal life. As per http://www.radioafrica.co.uk/henrysalt/intro.htm
    “An instructor in zoology in Chicago, J. Howard Moore (1862-1916) published this remarkable book in 1906. Henry Salt considered it “the best book ever written in the humanitarian cause.” Examining the rights of animals under three heads – the physical, the psychical, and the ethical kinship between human and non-human – Moore argued from the scientific premise that the physical basis of the humane philosophy rests on the biological fact that kinship is universal. Anticipating contemporary concern with abuses arising from the divisive prejudice now recognised as “speciesism”, Moore’s compelling book is a major contribution to the task of putting “science and humanitarianism in place of tradition and savagery.””