What’s especially bizarre and incoherent about this idiotic article (the Brit one, not Lileks) is that the same author has earlier come out against the mean old industrial nations for promoting globalization policies that keep the Third World poor. But, by his own argument, that’s actually a good thing. Because it keeps them happy, unlike us miserable first world folks with our TVs and cars and air conditioning and food.
I agree with this guy, and personally am living a life of hellish self sacrifice pursuing material things so that other folks can be spared the grim fate of having money and possessions. If you want to become happy and free yourself from fear, just e-mail me your bank account PINs, and everything will be fine. Don’t thank me. It’s just the kind of noble person I am.
Classic article!! Thanks for linking it.
Lileks strikes again. It’s been a while. After reading the article on Wednesday evening (Tokyo time), I found the Monbiot article syndicated in the Thursday edition of a local English language daily. Perhaps I should write a letter to the editor, liberally paraphrasing Lileks.
Anyone noticed the strikingly negative reaction over at http://www.textism.com? Dean seems to take issue with Lileks.
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