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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Starbucks - it's like a police state, only with fresh-roasted coffee! and Wi-fi!

John Miller at NRO's The Corner thinks that the Washington Post should have gone to the cops with info on the grafitti "artist" Borf who was tagging Washington DC. I'm not so sure - I'm against destruction of personal property, but I can understand that reporters first duty is to report news, and grafitti, while expensive and destructive, doesn't quite rise to the level of, say, murder.

But I found it more interesting to read some of the quotes from this genius liberal activist:

"Instead of police on every corner we have Starbucks on every corner," he says.

Well, Mad Anthony isn't opposed to police on every corner, if it will prevent people from stealing his rims. But let's assume the worst - a police state where police are on every corner, infringing on people's rights. How is that like Starbucks, a chain of coffee shops that delivers high-quality coffee in convinient locations, that people voluntarily choose to purchase? How does a place where you can buy a Frappacinio infringe on anyone's rights? Starbucks is there because people want it, not because they want to control the world.

Borf often finished his graffiti early in the morning, just in time to see a spectacle he despises -- rush hour. "People all heading downtown," he said. "Like, it's ridiculous if you think about it. Like, Orwellian-ridiculous. And they do this with so-called free will."

Yup, people going to work. That's real 1984. Because people didn't work until recent times. It's never been necessary for man to make any effort to obtain food, shelter, or clothing until modern evil corporations and governments took over. Bullshit. If anything, people have more time for leisure and cushier jobs than ever. I may complain about my job, but I'd rather sit in front of a computer all day then have to hunt and forage for food.

Yes, people choose to go work out free will. They could be like Borf, living with his parents and shoplifting spray paint, but they would rather create and own stuff rather than destroy and defile.

He said he was an activist long before he got into graffiti. The first protest he attended was against capitalism in September 2002. It's possible he would have been arrested if he'd gotten there on time, he said, but the protest was "too early."

See, this is how capitalists have suceeded. By getting up early. The revolution may or may not be televised, but it will apparently be before noon.

Most of all, he doesn't believe in adulthood, which he considers "boring" and "selling out."

"Growing up is giving up," he said. "I think some band said it.

Well, if some band said it, it must be true. Because there is nothing good about the freedom of adulthood - being able to make your own decisions, having the money to do things that you have always wanted to do. And nobody who is an adult has any individualism in them. Once again, bullshit. And that comes from a 25 year old who considers himself pretty grown up, but doesn't let that stop him from doing things he enjoys, or things that are a little quirky, like bleaching his hair. Growing up is what you make of it, and if you can find your niche - if you can find a job and lifestyle that lets you do the things you want - it's great.


At 9:38 AM, Blogger Linda Fox said...

What an idiot!

Growing up is great!

I remember being a young 20-something, and thinking, "Wow! I get to make all the decisions now. Where to work, who to associate with, where to live, how to spend my time" - I loved it. And still do.

I know a lot of people who yearn to return to a time when they were coddled (maybe that's the difference - I was never coddled by indulgent parents). They mist over when talking to young people, and sob about how they have to "treasure these days - they're the best of your life".

What tripe! The only day better than today is tomorrow - unless, of course, it's April 14th today.


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