"Man Bites Corpse," That Ain't News. "Corpse Bites Man"—That's News


As if New Orleans hadn't already demonstrated my thesis that Land of the Dead was the year's most important critique of the post-scarcity economy, here comes Randall Robinson to claim (in the HuffPost, natch), "It is reported that black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive."

From the right, bloggers are already shambling mindlessly toward the hapless Robinson, and while I hesitate to join in the attack, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs, and Robinson provides none. And not to put too fine a point on it, but if you can't go four days hungry without having Donner Party moment, that would indicate that you're accustomed to eating pretty well under regular circumstances.

Come on, Robinson! I think we can safely say this week's events have provided evidence that America's racial ailments are not as fully cured as many (libertarians in particular) like to imagine. Do we really need to be piling on with Liz-Claiborne-on-Oprah level fantasies?