by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
“One of the basic principles of dialectics is that there is no such thing as abstract truth, and what is concrete, in which the second dominates the first, characterizes the materialist approach to knowledge and truth.” — V.I. Lenin
When one’s cause becomes so important that actual facts (i.e., the truth) no longer matter, beware the hoax to follow. Especially one that on first glance offers such a perfect example of the problem in society, be it racism, sexism, or even the attitude of the Enemy du Jour, the “1 percent.” The temptation to fake the problem — i.e., to perpetrate the problem upon society yourself in order to “raise awareness” of that same problem you couldn’t find anywhere — is ever stronger among the Left, whose philosophy opposes the idea of concrete, abstract truth in favor of the idea that truth is relative and depends upon what the cultural elite thinks serves the Greater Good at any discrete moment in time.
The faked restaurant receipt from Some Evil Banker offers a particularly risible example of that foolish mentality. Here’s how the news was first reported, and please notice the hoax’s too-perfect alignment with current prejudices (which I’ve highlighted):
Just when you may have thought the ongoing battle between the 99% and the 1% was dying down, it may have been reignited. A wealthy banker left a $1.33 tip on a $133 lunch at the True Food Kitchen restaurant in Newport Beach, California.
To add insult to injury the word “tip” was circled on the receipt, and the banker wrote “get a real job” on the bill. The picture of the receipt was taken and uploaded to the blog Future Ex-Banker by a person who was dining with the anonymous banker. As expected, the blog received a lot of attention and has now been taken down. The author of the blog wrote, “mention the 99% in my boss’ presence and feel his wrath. So proudly does he wear his 1% badge of honor that he tips exactly 1% every time he feels the server doesn’t sufficiently bow down to his holiness.“