My liberal friend and I were talking about having pizza for dinner. I suggested Round Table. My friend was appalled.
Liberal Friend: “Round Table is awful.”
Me: “I like it.”
Liberal Friend: “It’s awful. Just go on Yelp.”
Me: “Why should I go on Yelp? That’s helpful if I haven’t been some place and am trying to get I feel for it. I’ve already been to Round Table, and I know that I like it.”
Liberal Friend: “It gets terrible reviews on Yelp.” (This is untrue, by the way. The service gets mixed reviews but, by and large, our local Round Table ranks pretty darn well in Marin, ahead even of some of the fancy “artisan” pizza places.)
Me: “But I like it. The fact that others don’t is irrelevant to me.”
Liberal Friend: “Nobody likes it. I’m not going to let you eat pizza that nobody likes.”
Yes, it was an insane little conversation. It was also, in its own peculiar way, an instructive one, because it shows the statist mind at work. An individual’s opinion is irrelevant. What matters is the way the collective thinks — or, more accurately, the way the liberal thinks the collective ought to think.
Cross-posted at Right Wing News
UPDATE: We ended up having Dominos. The service was excellent. The pizza wasn’t to my taste. I like Round Table pizza, no matter what anyone tells me to like.