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Abatiell on public complaints

Posted by rigorousm on December 21, 2015

There is a long tradition of public cranks using the rhetoric of criticism as an alibi for the most basic forms of bourgeois complaining. There may be a place for this, but we shouldn’t go on confusing it with an act of the intellect, or dignifying it with our attention. These guys aren’t critics, they’re consumers. They confuse the airing of wounded elitist sensibilities with insight.

Patrick Abatiell, “On Writing and Restaurant Labor” for Public Books (link to article)


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