In case you’re wondering if this is my second post in a row about food, the answer is, yes and no. It’s about food, and it’s about capitalism, two components of the pursuit of happiness (in the form of culinary pleasure, that is).
Ace wrote a very insightful post about the WaPo’s Roberto Ferdman’s Inequality in everything: The rich get better breakfast sandwiches, too.
For starters, Ferdman’s premise that “the rich” are the only ones able to exclusively partake of $12 breakfast sandwiches is faulty, but a superficial person like myself reacts with, “well, boo, freaking whoo. If you want to splurge on a sandwich, you can buy one and enjoy it. Deal with it, Roberto.”
Luckily for us, Ace can intelligently discuss how Ferdman problematizes a simple sandwich while engaging in class warfare in order to defamiliarize your common sense:
If the rich are to be Sandwich Shamed — or worse; perhaps we need to register or even outlaw “Assault Sanwiches” — from even indulging in such a minor upgrade, then what, precisely, are they permitted to spend their money on?
This is socialism, straight up — the insistence that literally no one is permitted to buy or enjoy a better grade of good or service than anyone else.
President Obama is a great president who has done a great job
But economy is a mess
and the rich are getting richer
and people don’t have good jobs
and only the rich are being helped
So we democrats have to change things.
In other words, socialism.
Capitalism, on the other hand, is the only system where individual rights are prioritized, protected and encouraged. The individual can best exercise her freedoms in a capitalist system, including the right to buy any breakfast sandwich she best pleases. Indeed, a competitive system of free enterprise encourages cooks and chefs to profit from the sale of such creations.
Chew on that while enjoying the breakfast sandwich of your choice.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog. She reserves the right to proudly buy any breakfast sandwich she feels like eating.