Writing in The New Geography, Joel Kotkin gets close to one of the threats of commercial cyberfascism: Amazon’s grab at oligarchic power by siting a new headquarters. New York’s brush-off to Amazon was the right move, even if for a variety of wrong reasons. Like constructing sports stadiums with taxpayer money, the exploitation of the public for private gain is a fundamentally immoral practice.
Category: the grifter elite
Thales at The Declination tells it like it is:
When a hot girl says something stupid, people pay attention to her anyway.
This has the effect of separating the hot chick from reality even more. She might think her stupid poems are beautiful art, because thirsty men will say anything to an attractive woman.
Hot Girl Privilege would be a lot more tolerable if it wasn’t so frequently associated with RBF.
Tip from Sara Hoyt at the Instapundit. (She gets a good quote in the article.)
Writing in Oxford American, Chris Offutt’s Trash Food almost gets it right:
My thoughts and feelings were completely irrational. I knew they made no sense. Most of what I owned had belonged to someone else—cars, clothes, shoes, furniture, dishware, cookbooks. I liked old and battered things. They reminded me of myself, still capable and functioning despite the wear and tear.
Nevertheless I’d felt compelled to mislead him [my Oxford friend] based on class stigma. I was ashamed—of my fifteen-year-old Mazda, my income, and my rented home. I felt ashamed of the very clothes I was wearing, the shoes on my feet. Abruptly, with the force of being struck in the face, I understood it wasn’t his judgment I feared. It was my own.
The road to getting over this is simple: stop worrying about what other folks think and trust your own judgement. Only a fool yuppie pays full price for goods that rapidly depreciate. Tricks like eschewing $75 shirts and shopping at the resale store, the day-old bread store, and the discount market where no English is spoken have netted me enough cash to buy a gently-used BMW Z4. OUTRIGHT. That car is now 12 years old, squeaky clean, well-maintained, and payment-free.
Offutt worries about the kind of folks labeled “white trash”
The term “white trash” is an epithet of bigotry that equates human worth with garbage. It implies a dismissal of the group as stupid, violent, lazy, and untrustworthy—the same negative descriptors of racial minorities, of anyone outside of the mainstream. At every stage of American history, various groups of people have endured such personal attacks. Language is used as a weapon: divisive, cruel, enciphered. Today is no different.
BUT, he needs to remember that there are plenty of folks who we white trash label as real trash: stupid, violent, lazy, and untrustworthy for starters,, But also whining, wheedling drug-addled grifters. By their unkempt surroundings, undisciplined pets, garish grooming, tats, cigarettes, and pawnshop jewelry you will know them.
The sin of the white elites is their failure to make distinctions. The racial stereotyping they so decry is exactly what they apply to working class whites. Offutt, to his credit, knows how to deal with these smartasses:
When strangers thought I was stupid because of where I grew up, I understood that they were granting me the high ground. I learned to patiently wait in ambush for the chance to utterly demolish them intellectually. Later I realized that this particular battle strategy was a waste of energy. It was easier to simply stop talking to that person—forever.
Trash Food is good food for thought, go read the whole thing.
Tip from Vanderleun at American Digest, where he dishes some real pearls.
Turns out there may be an upper limit to automating retail businesses. When confronted with self-serve checkouts, many folks turn into thieves:
“There is NO MORAL ISSUE with stealing from a store that forces you to use self checkout, period. THEY ARE CHARGING YOU TO WORK AT THEIR STORE.”
It’s so pervasive that it’s not even called shoplifting any more; it’s “external shrinkage.”
This is going to continue until retailers wise up to the idea that it’s cheaper to have a flesh-and-blood cashier ringing up–and collecting payment for–purchases, than it is to have the stuff just walk out the door.
If a pricey shot of B vitamins gives you the same thrill as taking a dump, why not save time and money, and go take a dump?
Just ask what his/her plan is to address unfunded pension liabilities. Turns out San Antonio pols, who pat themselves on the back for the city’s AAA bond rating, have been playing hide the ball for years (check out page 78).
Spurs coach Greg Popovich continues to lecture us about President Trump’s shortcomings. Nice try, Pop, but you’re getting tuned out with all the other pro sports and Hollywood folks who’ve squandered what little moral authority they ever had.
Pollsters, pundits, and the media have vastly underestimated how many in America loathe multimillionaire celebrities, pampered athletes, and triangulating politicians—the usual targets of Trump’s invective.
For a while one message rang out from Team Hollywood in the Age of Trump. The industry didn’t want you as a customer if you wear a red MAGA hat.
Oh, celebrities didn’t actually mouth those words. Instead, they embedded their disgust for both President Donald Trump and his admirers in nearly everything they did.
It’s either Trump … or us might be the next “resistance” meme for celebrities. Only stars might not like the results. Nor will their accountants.