Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Spiked editor Brendan O'Neill recounts an amazing degree of mean-spiritedness recently exhibited among leftists obsessed with "globalization". Apparently, they're so happy about Starbucks contracting that they're indifferent to (or even gleeful about) the fact that thousands of its employees are losing their jobs.
But what is bad news for coffee-shop workers is brilliant news for well-to-do writers for whom Starbucks' once-unstoppable spread summed up everything that is Rotten about Greedy Capitalism. The 12,000-plus workers without jobs don't even get a mention in one British commentator's overexcited dance on the grave of Starbucks' shut-down stores: "Bad news for Starbucks shareholders, great news for those of us who resent the ubiquitous coffee chain's omnipresence in our towns and cities." Indeed, she thinks it would be a good thing if Starbucks' "US and Oz slump gets a grip here [in Britain]". [Americanized punctuation. Omitted footnotes.]Incredible. You'd have to read it yourself to believe it!
Earlier, after describing the extent of the layoffs, O'Neill recalls that, "In fact, suggested one writer at the end of last week, send them to 're-education camps', North Korea-style, because the skills they learned at cynical Starbucks 'won't be transferable'".
It's interesting that leftists are no longer feeling as much need to hide behind a mask of concern for their fellow man, especially since we are now being asked to sacrifice ourselves to nature (read: "inanimate objects") rather than, at least, to other human beings. (Not that I'm a fan of sacrifice under any circumstances....)