Leblanc argues that tolstoy was attempting to purge

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deep love and respect for animals, but this is not necessarily the case. LeBlanc argues that Tolstoy was attempting to purge himself of all carnal delights in order to transcend his baser desires. To this end Tolstoy removed all meats from his diet which he believed filled individuals with sexual desire. In order to become a more refined and godly man Tolstoy was willing to deprive himself of earthy pleasures. To support this claim LeBlanc takes quotations from and examines many of Tolstoy's works. LeBlanc manages to find several instances where Tolstoy's characters condemn meat not based upon any cruelty to animals, but rather the sexual inclinations that meat tends to induce within people. He even manages to find a quote from Tolstoy's housekeeper saying that Tolstoy gave up meat for purely spiritual reasons. Based upon LeBlanc's evidence and argument I find
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his reasoning far more convincing than the historians that previously wrote upon this topic. The second reading for this week covers the communal dining halls and state cafeterias that the Bolshevik government attempted to establish following the revolution of 1917. In the chapter Borrero explains that revolutionaries had used famine as a key point to protest the Tsarist government. Unfortunately for them the civil war only exacerbated the already critical food shortages that the country was facing.
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