and start being the party of environmentalist snobs at Starbucks?
I despise communism, but there is one aspect of it that I actually miss: The belief in industry. (…)
Sorry, we can’t all make a living selling Starbucks drinks to each other and texting to each other on our iPhones about how awful Stephen Harper is. Someone actually has to make stuff. Like iPhones. Someone has to bring that coffee to Vancouver. On a ship that is powered by heavy oil.
We can’t all live a metalife, just being intellectual and witty and great critics of things. Someone has to actually be a builder, a miner, a logger, a labourer. At least the communists valued labour — they worshipped it, actually.
Today’s NDP derides it, looks down its nose at it, demeans it, laughs at it, even though those are the real six-figure jobs in Canada — while the fancy kids, getting their degrees in urban studies and peace studies and vegetarian studies, will graduate qualified to do nothing but work at Starbucks.
I wonder if Ayn Rand’s fetish for factories can be traced to her Russian roots…?
And that photo of the 1970 Hard Hat Riot above is by Henry Gordillo.
Never fear: my annual Hard Hat Riot post will be up next week!