Magazine May 29, 2017, Issue

The Emperor’s New Clothes

A woman wearing a pink “pussyhat” attends the local second annual Women’s March. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

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.

Does the McDonald’s pay a living wage? The only other possible option being a convoy of tumbrels that take away the employees who drop dead on payday.

Are the uniforms made of organic cotton? The only other

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