June 5, 2012
JAMES LILEKS GIVES MIKE BLOOMBERG a brutal dressing-down. “A culture that redefines food choices as moral issues will demonize the people who don’t share the tastes of the priest class. A culture that elevates eating to some holistic act of ethical self-definition – localvore, low-carbon-impact food, fair trade, artisanal cheese – will find the casual carefree choices of the less-enlightened as an affront to their belief system. Leave it to Americans to invent a Puritan strain of Epicurianism.”
He’s even harder on Bloomberg-sycophants like David Frum, Frank Bruni, and Michael Tomasky. “Send us a man on a horse, to keep us from eating like one. . . . They’re talking about a burger and a Coke. This must mean that the ‘American Graffiti’ movie is the equivalent of ‘Triumph of the Will.’”
Let me be clear. These people are not well-meaning do-gooders who have just gone a bit too far. They don’t actually “mean well” at all. They don’t mean well, they mean to be in control. They are power-fetishists, drunk on the joys of bossing the little people around. They are not good people. They are evil. They should be ashamed of themselves, but shame — like taxes — is for the little people.