Class warfare brought to you by the ever concerned left.
This column (ht Maggie’s Farm) is about fat class warfare and how through the local food movements etc, the elites have a new way of looking down on the poor without actually looking down on the poor per se. Instead, they look down on those who don’t eat “right”.
Once everyone else is paying more and getting less, then the classist left demands new ways to set its superior moral eating habits apart. Instead of everyone ending up with more food, everyone ends up with less.
Lefty culture practices conspicuous consumption, but the consumption has to be disguised with conspicuous political pieties. The food may cost twice as much, but it’s locally grown on a farm run by handicapped union workers who visit Cuba to receive free health care or by the indigenous peoples of Tuba-Tuba with the proceeds going to a complete sonic library of their chants and ceremonies. It’s a meaningfully meaningless hairshirt that disguises the consumption underneath.
Conspicuous consumption is now for the poor while conspicuous political consumption is for liberal elites. Al Gore may live in a mansion but he still has the carbon footprint of a mouse. The problem is the truck driver whose vehicular emissions are killing the planet. Whole Foods is just fine, but we need to do something about White Castle.
Sultan Knish has a warning about socialized medicine and food that doesn’t go quite far enough.
It’s the kind of concern that has a habit of ending in eugenics and the more medicine is universalized, the easier it is to start cutting off access to medical treatment for those who haven’t been nudged far enough in the right direction.
Not only cutting off access to medical treatment, but cutting off jobs. It is discussed now and will see the light of day soon. You smoke? No job for you. You eat too much? No job for you. You have a bunch of tattoos and nose rings – here you go, this is the cash register.