This is what happens when people start to use the word “racist” instead of “something I don’t particularly enjoy or find useful.” Now an effort by a very rich chef to sell overpriced restaurant meals is positioned as a fight against racism. 

This is what McGuigan has termed “cool capitalism.” The idea is to get people to spend as much as possible by positioning the spending as part of a virtuous, cool, caring and progressive lifestyle. Help the suffering Mexicans by buying a $100 dinner! No? What are you, a racist?

Which One Are You?

Hey, people, look what a reader sent in:

Rao postulates three groups in any organization: the Clueless, the Losers, and the Sociopaths. The Clueless mistakenly believe that the organization is actually supposed to do whatever it pretends to be for: selling widgets, saving endangered herons, or educating school-children, for instance. They are dedicated to this mission and work hard, and creatively, to further it. The Losers have a job because they need a paycheck; their motivation is to make work reasonably pleasant in exchange for minimal effort. The Sociopaths recognize the reality that the organization is just the setting for a power game played among themselves.

I’m a total Loser in this classification. I’d be glad to be somebody else but, unfortunately, my institution doesn’t have a mission I can support. Plus, my individual mission is at odds with that of the institution, as I only recently started to realize. 


Where did all the dandelions go all of a sudden? Are they no longer in season or whatever? I have a child here who loves to pick dandelions and accepts nothing instead. 

She also loves to watch the bunnies we have in the back yard. The only problem is that when a bunny runs away, she wants me to pick her up and chase after it. Which is not very realistic.