Magazine March 23, 2020, Issue

The Apolitical Purchase

The first electric refrigerator is rolled from the assembly line, October 15, 1928. (Farm Security Administration/Library of Congress)

It’s a relief to do something ordinary like shop for a refrigerator, because you know it can’t possibly get political. The salesperson isn’t going to open the fridge doors and say, “That plastic odor you detect will air out, much like the fetid stench of the Oval Office after Trump’s gone,” or some such polarizing remark. He’s like a car salesman, except he never pats the side of the fridge and says, “What’s it going to take to get you into this fridge?” Well, chloroform, for starters. 

Yes, everyone should shop for major appliances now and then, just to leave behind

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