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The Emperor’s New Clothes

by James Lileks

Modern life, for the socially aware, consists of a million filaments that constrain your every thought and action.

You have been dragooned by friends to go to McDonald’s, because they want coffee. You are concerned: Is it fair trade? The only other possible option being coffee commandeered at gunpoint by grinning goons from United Fruit, who have already shot some burros to get the grower’s attention.

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