Tim Noah’s Non-Fawning

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 6 2013 @ 9:27pm

In his latest riposte to my response to his visceral disgust at being fawned on by employees at a fast-fresh-food restaurant, he says I’m endorsing some kind of Tory aristocracy that is anti-democratic. The lower classes should fawn before their class superiors, I allegedly believe. Yeah, that’s what I love about America: the replication of Downton Abbey in Pret-A-Manger. Please. Even Tim knows that’s not exactly my style.

All I’m saying is that no one has to work at Pret-A-Manger and no one has to buy anything from there. There is a difference between the government and private companies. This liberal distinction evades his leftist critique and allows Tim to write things as nutty as “Pret keeps its sales clerks in a state of enforced rapture through policies vaguely reminiscent of the old East German Stasi.” Seriously? A police state you could not escape from and a fricking sandwich shop? Only a Marxist …