Patterico's Pontifications


Capitalism: Outliving Its Usefulness

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:57 pm

[guest post by Dana]

In case you didn’t know, liberals are on a mission to see capitalism abolished. Apparently it has outlived its usefulness.

Inequality, unemployment, financial crises, and environmental devestation [sic], all point toward one inevitable conclusion: we must get rid of capitalism, once and for all.

Judging by the number of signatures, I think we’ll be able to dodge a bullet. Whew!


h/t Weasel Zippers


First-World Problems for Women

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:29 am

Mollie Hemingway (h/t Allahpundit) compares some of the first-world problems faced by women in America to some other problems women face around the world.

Among the first-world problems include gendered children’s toys. See McDonald’s Gave Me the “Girl’s Toy” With My Happy Meal. So I Went to the CEO:

In the fall of 2008, when I was 11 years old, I wrote to the CEO of McDonald’s and asked him to change the way his stores sold Happy Meals. I expressed my frustration that McDonald’s always asked if my family preferred a “girl toy” or a “boy toy” when we ordered a Happy Meal at the drive-through. My letter asked if it would be legal for McDonald’s “to ask at a job interview whether someone wanted a man’s job or a woman’s job?”

Amanda Marcotte reminds us that getting asked to prom = sexual harassment:

Who can forget the movement to ban the word “bossy”? That was, of course, covered beautifully by our own Dana here. (See? By using the term “our own Dana” I am perpetuating the notion that men own women and their ideas!)

So there are some of your first-world problems. Some of the not-so-first world problems pointed out by Hemingway?

A conservative Daily Show (if such a thing existed, and it should) would send a correspondent to one of these latter places, where folks are committing honor killings and kidnappings, and ask them about, say, the gendered Happy Meal toys. “Yes, I know, girls are getting kidnapped from schools. You already said that. But I’m trying to ask about these Happy Meal toys . . .”

Free tip, guys.

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