Lileks responds to an Obamacultist hippy’s anticonsumerist manifesto:

At this point I almost stopped reading, because anyone who can pack that much boilerplate claptrap into one sentence is destined to end up explaining why things have to be taken away from people. Basic needs: the words of someone who knows how big your house should be. Creature comforts: he knows how many pairs of pants you should own. “Defining the purpose of life as making more dough to purchase more consumer goods” – the earnest snit of a petty puritan who believes you put in long hours so you can afford a Cuisinart kiwi-peeler.

There’s much more good stuff: read the whole thing.

I’m fine with people who don’t value ‘material goods’, by the way, but wonder why they feel the need to prevent everyone else from enjoying them. As it happens, I’ve met many more people who claim to be indifferent to material goods than people who actually reveal such indifference through their actions.  Some seem to be capable of convincing themselves that a Propagandhi album, guitar, or Che Guevara t-shirt isn’t really a material good. Good for them, I suppose. 

Hat tip: Transterrestrial Musings

4 Responses

  1. You know that Propaghandi’s from Winnipeg, right? Folks in NZ have heard of them?!

  2. Knew they were Canadian, didn’t know Winnipeg. They’re pretty popular with the leftie punks who consider their tastes to be ‘underground’. They can’t be too obscure if they were referenced on The Simpsons.

  3. I like their music even if I’m not a fan of their message. A girl I went to elementary school with dated their lead singer when we were in College; I somewhere back home have an old copy of an older demo tape of theirs (Pre How to clean Everything) with garage tracks of “Fine day in River Heights”, “Government Cartoons”, and random clips from their answering machine. Strange strange fun. Saw them play in Winnipeg too. The girl later played in a band called “Banned from Atlantis”. Then she went to do a Rhodes scholarship and I have no clue what happened to her afterwards. Hmm.

  4. I was a fan as a (very leftist) teenager. The self-conscious wordiness puts me off these days. I still get Antimanifesto stuck in my head now and then.

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