• ToddMorris
  • The banality of evil

Scaremonger Tom Skilling predicts a high of 97 in Chicago today. And tomorrow. And Wednesday. I realize this may not be the perfect time to speak out against air-conditioning. But unlike certain Republican presidential candidates, I am not a “well-oiled weather vane.” I can take the heat—so here goes.

More than its coconspirators (TV, DVD players, computers), air-conditioning has wounded us socially, torn us apart, and ruined communities, thereby strengthening the hand of our capitalist masters.

Believe it or not, shorties, Chicagoans once spent hot summer evenings outside—in yards and on front porches. It was stifling inside. Outside, there was at least the hope of a breeze.