January 28, 2011

ARMAGEDDON: Facing a “global chocolate drought.”

UPDATE: The Anchoress emails: “When I read that line, for some reason I immediately flashed to 1984, where Winston Smith eats a bit of crumbly dry chocolate and remembers tasting other chocolate as a child, sweet and smooth. Did Orwell even get the chocolate right?”

I think Lawrence Sanders’ The Tomorrow File is a better example, as he makes lousy food a counterpoint to baroque bureaucratic maneuvering in a social-democratic quasi-tyranny. (And that book really deserves more attention than it got). But in fact, I think good chocolate and overweening bureaucracy can coexist for long periods — how else to explain Brussels?

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