This is it: we’ve reached peak Guardian

by Walter Olson on April 14, 2014


“The cup­cake has al­ways been a gentri­fying force … you could get a huge mass of people to par­ti­cipate in a re­ac­tionary endeavour if you dressed it up in nice, twee, cup­cakey im­agery, and per­suaded everyone that the bru­tality of your ideo­logy was in fact a form of nice­ness.” — Tom Whyman for Critical Legal Thinking, Guardian “Comment Is Free”, my Tweet h/t @Ben_McGinnis.


1 Jim Sweet 04.14.14 at 9:22 am

Alan Sokal has an imitator. Of course, if this article is actually not a joke, then an asylum is missing an inmate.

2 John Fembup 04.14.14 at 11:46 am

So are you saying that the Guardian has jumped the cupcake?

3 Jamie R 04.15.14 at 6:58 am

Apart from the ridiculous hook, this isn’t that bad. This hits right in the libertarian – liberal convergence area. The role that business and land use regulations play in gentrification should be added; otherwise, looking at the gentrified’s infantile willingness to roll over for the government is worthwhile.

4 Jazzizhep 04.15.14 at 8:36 am

@Jim Sweet

One gets the feeling he is exactly the type of self-affirming pseudo-intellectual that was the object of Sokol’s ruse.

Gotta love the chutzpah shown by someone who claims it is fascist for the government to lessen its economic influence through austerity measures.

And who can argue with the assertion that rioters are wonderfully childlike because they are exploring possibilities to which the adult mind is closed. But at the same time stating that the residents who organized cleaning groups are infantilised adults trying to hide from societies problems: rioting=childlike exploration (good), cleaning-up=desiring childlike ignorance (bad).

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