Friday, March 02, 2007

Reagan's Favorite Sitcom

My latest for Slate: Alex P. Keaton, conservative hero.
Even after the show shifted its focus to Alex, it trapped him in scenarios seemingly contrived to refute his free-market-├╝ber alles worldview. When we meet Alex's hero—his uncle Ned, a rising young executive memorably played by Tom Hanks in a two-part episode—he is on the run for embezzling $4.5 million... And when Alex leaves his job at a mom-and-pop grocery for a big-box store offering higher pay and possible advancement, he finds himself in charge of cat toys and referred to only as "junior stockboy No. 28." Alex returns to his old job, having learned—well, you know.
Reponses to this article from Lawyers, Guns & Money, Joshua Glenn, Free Republic, The Hotline, and WorldViews.