Sunday, January 1, 2017

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has an idea of who to blame for Donald Trump's presidential victory: people like him

"The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we're seeing now," he says in a new interview with Reason. "I've spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left — just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition — this does not win hearts and minds. It doesn't change anyone's opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us," he continues. "We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible. I fear that is not at all what we've done."


Anonymous said...

I suspect that Bourdain is more red-pilled than he lets on.

For one thing, he trains BJJ. Combat sports are a world-class bullshit eradicator.

Secondly, he is, or was, a chef. In the kitchen, chef's are fascists. There is no democracy, no safe spaces, no equality. There is a job to do & the chef's job is to make sure that everyone is getting that job done.

Marc B said...

Bourdain has said for years that he applies the same cultural relativism with foreigners to his fellow countrymen with whom he disagrees with on political and cultural issues, unlike most leftists who embrace double standards. It's only fair. He also grew up in an era when being a liberal did not come with adherence to Political Correctness and the other Cultural Marxist baggage, and I doubt these things mesh with his temperament or lifestyle. He's also traveled enough to see the actual devastation Communism has wrought in parts of the world it was put into practice, destroying his romantic notions of the Great Revolution.