I wonder: how many of the sensitive progressives doubtlessly applauding the fear-monger about President Trump being an “authoritarian” see the obvious hypocrisy on working for a comany like the shared workspace company WeWork, that uses its power of its employees to force them to accept the company’s social values in their personal choices?
On July 13, WeWork announced that it is banning red meat, pork, or poultry at company events like its “Summer Camp” retreat and internal kiosks, called “Honesty Markets.” (Yecchh. Do you dislike this preening company already like I do?) It also announced that WeWork’s 6,000 global employees won’t be reimbursed if they eat meat at their business meals, except for fish. Eating fish is OK, because…well, just because. The owners didn’t like “Finding Nemo,” or something. You know, fish have mothers too.
The company boasts that these policies will save 445 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, more than 16 billion gallons of water, and the lives of 15,507,103 animals by 2023. 15,507,103. Wow—those are some precise statistics. Of course, the policy makes no sense. Why are eggs acceptable to WeWork, when egg-raising causes as much theoretical environmental damage as raising chickens to eat? Oddly, WeWork doesn’t impose strict environmental controls on the buildings it uses for offices and work space.
Could it be that this is just blatant, shameless, cynical virtue-signaling? Of course it is.
Traveling on company business is stressful enough without some Pescatarian Nazi fining me if I don’t eat what he wants me to eat. What if the WeWork lackey is allergic to seafood? What if vegetables don’t agree with him? Have you ever tried to find a good meatless meal in Kansas City? Why would you? Oh, that’s right: you would be searching for a good Cobb salad because your company has decided that eating beef is evil, and you don’t want to be the one that causes 15,507,103 to be just 15,507,102.
Does WeWork really think that if I don’t order a rack of ribs at KC Masterpiece, one less steer is slaughtered?
I know their excuse: “Business meals are work-related activity, not personal.” Bull-shit. (Fish-shit?) Business meal or not, an employee is the one putting the food in his or her mouth when eating on the road, and for a company to say, “No, we will only pay if you eat what WE want to eat” is interfering with personal liberty and an abuse of power. Will they now demand that employee only listen to music played by environmentally conscious musicians? Will WeWork mandate what kinds of cars employees drive, or make them use bicycles?
My guess: this is a policy to announce, not to enforce….which makes it a lie.