Some people see VSXE only for its hardline value and brand it as a weird, eccentric subculture. Hardline or not, VSXE is so much more than just a strict set of rules to adhere to in order to claim status. There are people all around the world who don't even claim the title but DO work for the cause and maintain the principles! Which side you on?
"The Hardline movement grew out of the hardcore punk scenes in the 90s. They have extreme views and beliefs such as forbidding the use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol. Hardliners (as they like to be known) adopt a strict diet and only eat foods that are vegan and relatively natural, such as eating brown rice over white. They have strong opinions on human rights issues and do not touch coffee, chocolate, sugar and most tropical fruits. The ideology behind Hardline was largely formulated by Sean Muttaqi of the band Vegan Reich." (urbantitan.com)