Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Warhol screen tests II

What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.
I couldn't help but recall the above Andy Warhol quote the first time I saw Lou Reed's screen test. It must have been nice living in a time where we all had a common identity. But the left has systematically endeavored to carve out a separate culture where every last lifestyle choice and purchasing decision bears the mark of politics.

This would be little more than an amusing sociological curiosity were there not a troubling fascist undercurrent whereby they increasingly seek to apply the force of law or the jackboot of taxation to impose their vision on others. Just a little bourgeois self-indulgence for the masses! I mean, what could be more vital to our national well-being than poor people paying double for tomatoes because they're organic and locally grown? Or paying more to wipe their asses with recycled paper? Yeah. I don't know either. But I recognize a mindless and dogmatic religion when I see one.

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