It’s long and unwieldy, but Tom Scocca’s “On Smarm” does a fairly good job of dissecting the insidious way substantive criticism is dismissed by elites in the name of “civility.”
“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that … a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world… This opinion expresses a crude and naïve trust in … the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” Pope Francis puts capitalism on blast.
“The government would mail every American over the age of 21 a check each month. That’s it. Everyone is free to do what they like with it.”
It’s both hilarious and strangely appropriate that Morrissey got Penguin to give his autobigraphy the Penguin Classics cover treatment.