American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

Listing calories is a stupid idea

Putting a calorie count on all menus, a measure the NYTimes supports, is one of the dumbest ideas yet. Yes, it may actually decrease obesity, but I really don’t care. The measure does not address the real problems behind obesity, namely the inclusion of sugar or toxic artificial sweeteners in nearly all foods. It will [...]

The plutocracy gilds itself in folksiness

Today’s Wall Street Journal includes an important piece by Thomas Frank arguing that it’s terribly unimportant whether Barack Obama’s statements about “bitter” gun-loving workers was elitist. What’s important is that we deal with actual elitism, a term used by the true elite to obscure their real crimes:
I know one thing with absolute certainty. The media [...]

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