Magazine January 27, 2020, Issue

On the Mall

Shoppers walk through the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pa., December 8, 2018. (Mark Makela/Reuters)

The mall is a troublesome thing for leftists. Some have memories of going to the mall as teens and enjoying themselves without irony or a sense of critical distance. As the man said, the life unexamined is not worth blathering about constantly on Salon or TeenVogue.com. Malls are bad, and since people drive to the mall, malls contribute to the forthcoming climate apocalypse that will set the entire continent of Australia on fire in 2022 and boil the oceans. 

So, I can take a bus to the mall?

“No,” says the scold, “you cannot, because consumerism is literally destroying the planet. The

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