that those aesthetically deplorable MTV and MickeyD merchants aren't really theiving so much as giving people (OK, selling people) what they want. That *is* freedom, Diane, no matter how bad it tastes to you.

Posted by: Daniel Jacobson at September 9, 2002 01:06 PM

I belive McWhorter should get a nomination for Lileks' 2002 Maureen Dowd Award for Bafflingly Odd Remark the Author Regards as Piercingly Clever:

"Like the twin towers, the Titanic was a gaudy monument to progress--to state-of-the-art modernity and the crass materialism that came with it. And as with the World Trade Center, the great ship's downfall dramatized the inequities of a system in which ballrooms for the few crowded out lifeboats for the many."

Posted by: Sean Anderson at September 9, 2002 05:39 PM

Big business thievery is evil and so is drowning kittens. But they're nowhere near as evil as incinerating thousands of people because they don't subscribe to your religious values. Trash culture or not except in the convoluted brains of America haters that doesn't mean you can declare jihad and seek to kill innocent civilians with no provocation. They don't like MTV, I don't like parents chopping their daughters heads off because they got raped by their uncle. Maybe that's justification for straightening out a few more evil regimes over there.

Posted by: Jack Tanner at September 10, 2002 05:08 AM

Er, I'm not sure that big business thievery is anywhere near as evil as drowning kittens either, but I do like cats a lot...

Sean: high-five

Posted by: Cowboy X at September 10, 2002 10:55 AM

Did the World Trade Center lack lifeboats?

Those people falling 100 stories . . . They were just symbols, right? Or metaphors.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs at September 10, 2002 06:52 PM
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