I feel compelled to point out the hypocrisy in the recent letter “Green Capitalism Still Sucks” [March 30 Xpress].
The reader decried the Asheville Grown Business Alliance for co-opting a "120-year-old anti-capitalist holiday" with its May 1 Big Love Fest downtown.
I would be remiss not to point out that the celebration of a May 1 holiday is a tradition in many cultures dating back many centuries, not a mere 120 years. Thus, if the AGBA is guilty of co-opting someone else's holiday, then so too are the "anti-capitalists."
I'd offer the egalitarian notion that every day belongs to everyone, to celebrate whatever they wish — International Workers’ Day and Big Love Fest alike. To suggest otherwise is downright silly. If one wishes to condemn the excesses of capitalism, there must surely be better examples than this, and better targets than local businesspeople.
— Ben Tacker