I have a Google alert for "vegan", and every day that alert is full of two kinds of hits: Awesome recipes and food writing from vegan blogs and snarky, even hostile put-downs of veganism and vegans from mainstream media outlets.
It's both appetizing and disheartening...which is emotionally confusing :)
One of the common dismissals of veganism is that it's an elitist affect of the privileged. Never mind that the common diet of many world cultures is essentially vegan. Never mind that people talk about subsisting through hard times on things like peanut butter & jelly, rice & beans, and ramen noodles...all of which are easily vegan.
So, to take it one step further, check out this post on I Eat Grass from a vegan who, for five months, was happily a food stamp vegan.
He subsisted on a monthly budget for food that is about my weekly one (granted, for two people...one a big eater). And he was able to shop both at the supermarket, and at some farmer's markets.
Greens, beans, rice, noodles, nuts. These are absolutely my staples too. Many bought in bulk. Everything else is bonus, and could be lived without.
No, vegans are not the privileged or the elite. No, you don't need a lot of money to be a vegan.
You just have to care enough about either your health, the planet's health, or the animals' health to take this very effective action about it.
Are you a cheap vegan or a luxury vegan?