Sunday, May 28, 2006

Left or Right?

Last night some guy wearing a "Green Party" button on his lapel was outside our local cafe having a smoke.

I don't get it:

Aren't green party people typically environmentalist, socialist, left-wing types? And aren't cigarette companies representative of everything corporate, and capitalist? I mean, Philip Morris owns Kraft - between the cigarettes, peanut butter and that unnaturally orange macaroni and cheese, they are making trillions of dollars. And I'm thinking that altrusim is not a major part of their investment portfolio.

Why is it that the stereotype of the artsy left-wing types so often includes smoking? It seems like such a contradction in values to me.

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