Monday, May 02, 2016

Bourdain visits Chicago, throws a little Cato-talk into explaining poverty and violence

Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” visited the Windy City, Chicago, Sunday night. Bourdain’s link on CNN is here.

The most relevant part of the broadcast came when he talked to low-income residents on the South Side, and a woman said, when she was poor in Mississippi she was never hungry, because people grew things for themselves.  But in Chicago, she had become dependent on government welfare, and was worse off.  It sounded like perfect conservatism, or maybe perfect Cato stuff.

Bourdain also covered the enormous increase in street and gang violence in Chicago since the late 1970s, particularly on the South Side.  That migrated into a discussion of the White Sox – Cubs rivalry. The Cubs have been bad for centuries, until 2015.  This week, the Nationals will have to face Jake Arietta only once. I miss the old Comiskey Park with the 9-foot walls.  (Went there once, in 1982.)

Bourdain did cover the Polish food well, especially a tofu and pork dish.  I wonder if the tofu came from Twin Oaks, an intentional community in Central Virginia (Issues blog, April 7, 2012).

One musician said that capitalism is "cultural sociopathy" because capitalism is predicated on manipulating and bilking the customer for rentiers (share owners).

Another guest talked about Siskel-Ebert and said that Roger Ebert was a much better writer. He also said that in Chicago, loyalty matters more than money.

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