Saturday, March 15, 2014

Do You Participate in Food Gentrification????


It’s hard to believe that these forces are working simultaneously: how can we fetishize the act of eating so much while also making food more inaccessible to the people who need it the most? Who is benefiting from this? The setting-aside of food as social capital is logical within the aspirational framework of late capitalism; it makes sense for us to be celebrating the product over the worker and to implicitly shame the ones who cannot afford to shop in the same supermarket aisles as we can. It makes sense for us to colonize others’ traditional foods while critiquing new interpretations of those traditions by the same communities who strive to reinterpret their legacy back into the realm of meaning. In this way we enact little imperialisms that make it possible for us to pat ourselves on our backs, safe from “normal” food and the industrial processes that sustain an illusion of consciousness: trapped in an endless cycle of sleep, false awakening, and BPA-free Breakfast Bars.

This collage of nonsense brought to you my one Soleil Ho...

This sort of thing is way, way beyond stupid. The lefty-left is a cult, and it wants to destroy your mind. Liberals should have no more sympathy with this sort of crap than they do with far right nonsense. In fact, little of the conservative nonsense we routinely encounter is this confused. It may be wrong, but it's typically not gibberish--whereas this kind of crap is about two steps away from gobbledygook. You may not agree with, say, the free market fundamentalists--I certainly don't. But even Ayn Rand is way more coherent than this crap.

* Note: "cultural appropriation" is yet another bit of nonsense from the lefty-left. I just can't stand the thought that someone might think I'm using that phrase seriously.


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