John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto and a controversial presence on Twitter, talks about the meat-heavy diet and right-wing politics.
By Oliver Lee Bateman | MOTHERBOARD
Silicon Valley billionaire and Donald Trump backer Peter Thiel follows the paleo diet in hopes of reaching the ripe old age of 120, according to Bloomberg. Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders ate „paleo before paleo was a thing,“ per a People profile. But does paleo—which in its broadest sense refers to a diet centered on nuts, vegetables, and organ meats—lean in one political direction?
The Paleo Manifesto, a 2014 book about the diet, traces paleo’s nutritional profile through a series of historical vignettes, explaining how our bodies haven’t yet adjusted to the shock of the wheat-based „agricultural revolution.“ The book is apolitical, aside from its place in academic debates over the value of evolutionary psychology and evolutionary medicine. But John Durant, Manifesto’s Harvard-educated author, is not: he’s firmly on the alt-right.