Obligatory The Arcade Fire Post

Yes, Missy, I was there. And though I hate to perpetuate the conventional wisdom, it really was pretty great.

I still wish DC people weren’t so lame, and would dance or at least bop more, but I guess that can’t be helped.

I loudly booed that Owen wanker from Final Fantasy when he said that we should all love taxes, because “it makes us into a community” or some such frostback nonsense. I brayed my disapproval apparently alone, although the guys standing next to me gave me a smile and an approving nod meant to communicate solidarity, but which communicated only cowardice. Note to Republican hill staffers who like good music: you paid to hear good music, not a CBC editorial. Go ahead, let ’em know you hate it. The hipsters are more afraid of you than you are of them and will not beat you. And, finally… Note to DC canuckophile “progressives”: Do it. Really. Go. Seriously. It really is better there. Go. Do it. It’s a glittering frosty wonderland of social justice. Live the dream! Go!

(Note: I get to say “frostback,” etc. because I am half Canadian … like if I was half black, I could make fun of black people, Chris Rock style. I am not, as it happens, half black, so I will never ever ever make fun of black people. But I do reserve the right to mock Canadians.)

Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center