It’s borderline disconcerting to see someone diagnose almost everything wrong with American politics in a single mighty blog post, but–let’s face it–if anyone was going to do it, it was probably going to be Radley Balko (or Gene Healy!).
Here’s how it went down: Balko points out the flaws of logic in the Whole Foods boycott supposedly gaining momentum after CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal laying out some health care reform alternatives short of socialization. Mackey haters take the ill-advised step of visiting Balko’s wonderful Agitator site to electronically shout at him. After a reasonable grace period, Balko hands them their backsides. (Which was followed up by another good summation at Reason.)
Mackey didn’t deliberately offend his customers, as some have suggested. He didn’t spit in your face, or, as one commenter so delicately put it, he didn’t “squeeze a turd in [your] punch bowl.” He just overestimated you.
I think this is where a hip young lady of, say, five years ago would interject, “Oh, snap!”
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