A couple of texts I found horrifying:
- Tony Blair’s ode to the conversion of Britain and the British, without remainder, into efficient cogs in a global economic machine. This is the “forces of conservatism” speech he gave at the 1999 Labour Party conference.
- A consumer’s guide by a DC blogger to women in different sorts of occupations. [Warning: crude sexual references.] Analysis of feminine types is an old game, and the guy’s not stupid, so in a way he deserves the positive feedback he gets in the comment section. What distinguishes his effort from older ventures in the genre though is that it’s not at all light-hearted, and it’s totally lacking in tolerance and affection. The viewpoint is strictly practical in a reductive sort of way, and it’s clear he doesn’t much like women. What’s bothersome is that that his viewpoint seems both common and functional as things are now. If sex loses all connection to the sacred, so it becomes a market commodity with self-seeking, manipulation and brutal practicality as a constant presence, how easy can it be to do much better?