Drive-through Coffee

The reason why people sit in their cars for 30 minutes waiting to buy coffee at a drive-through is not that they don’t know how to make coffee at home.

They simply want to feel like themselves again, and nothing restores a sense of normalcy like getting coffee on your way to work.

Even if there’s no work, at least there’s coffee.

4 thoughts on “Drive-through Coffee”

  1. Wanted to share a good article I found via Mike and a potentially interesting new book (if it’s good, would love to read it myself):

    Educated Fools: Why Democratic leaders still misunderstand the politics of social class

    The new book is mentioned here in the article:

    // For those of us cut off from the white working class, it is easy to think the answer to inequality is: Imitate us. Why can’t they be like we are? I borrow this idea from “The Light That Failed” by Stephen Holmes and Ivan Krastev (2019), a book that explains why newly liberated ex-Communist countries turned away from liberal democracies to authoritarian or illiberal ones. Imitate us—be like we are—turns out to be one of the most grating forms of foreign policy on offer in a world of such great income inequality. //

    Have you heard of it? Read it? Is it recommended?

    The article mentions an additional book, if you’re interested in France:

    “the claim of the French geographer Christophe Guilluy about his own country in his 2016 book “The Twilight of the Elites: Prosperity, the Periphery, and the Future of France. ” Guilluy describes how the movement, if not the expulsion, of the working class from France’s most prosperous cities incubated the innovation and new modes of production that fuel the growth of the Knowledge Economy. The same thing is happening in places like Chicago and most of the other well-off and innovative capitals of information-age enterprise. “


  2. Found this description:

    The Light that Failed
    A Reckoning
    Ivan Krastev Stephen Holmes


    Winner of the 2020 Lionel Gelber Prize

    A landmark book that completely transforms our understanding of the crisis of liberalism, from two pre-eminent intellectuals

    Why did the West, after winning the Cold War, lose its political balance?

    In the early 1990s, hopes for the eastward spread of liberal democracy were high. And yet the transformation of Eastern European countries gave rise to a bitter repudiation of liberalism itself, not only there but also back in the heartland of the West.

    In this brilliant work of political psychology, Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes argue that the supposed end of history turned out to be only the beginning of an Age of Imitation. Reckoning with the history of the last thirty years, they show that the most powerful force behind the wave of populist xenophobia that began in Eastern Europe stems from resentment at the post-1989 imperative to become Westernized.

    Through this prism, the Trump revolution represents an ironic fulfillment of the promise that the nations exiting from communist rule would come to resemble the United States. In a strange twist, Trump has elevated Putin’s Russia and Orbán’s Hungary into models for the United States.

    Written by two pre-eminent intellectuals bridging the East/West divide, The Light that Failed is a landmark book that sheds light on the extraordinary history of our Age of Imitation.


    1. “In a strange twist, Trump has elevated Putin’s Russia and Orbán’s Hungary into models for the United States.”

      • Just this sentence… man… The similarity between a fanatically globalist, pro-immigration Putin, a covertly pro-immigration Trump, and deeply and fanatically anti-immigration and anti-globalist Orban exist only in the minds of the Rachel Maddow fan base. In what did Trump use Russia or Hungary (different as they are) as examples? Putin keeps invading and Trump is clearly opposed to military conquests of faraway countries. Orban is pro-religion while Trump’s US sees a situation where people are fined for attending church while sitting inside their cars.

      “populist xenophobia that began in Eastern Europe”

      • Seriously?


  3. There’s still no coffee where I work, though. 😦 I’d gladly stand in line for thirty minutes to have the coffee shop be open again. Other coffee shops aren’t the same (this is a very excellent local chain).


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