Almost any paragraph in James Lileks’ Tuesday Bleat about Nanny Bloomberg’s manifest obsession with the size of your Big Gulp could be celebrated as a Quote of the Week, but I figured that a proper QOTW would have to include the whole thing, and I’d just as soon not copy it all over here. (And I’m sure he’d just as soon I didn’t copy it all over here.) I will, however, reproduce one representative passage:
A culture that redefines food choices as moral issues will demonize the people who don’t share the tastes of the priest class. A culture that elevates eating to some holistic act of ethical self-definition localvore, low-carbon-impact food, fair trade, artisanal cheese will find the casual carefree choices of the less-enlightened as an affront to their belief system. Leave it to Americans to invent a Puritan strain of Epicurianism.
Besides, the Mickey D Must Die crowd, thinking themselves to be enlightened free-thinkers, would instinctively resist, even resent, being labeled as Puritans, which to me is one more reason why they should be.