An article in the Wall Street Journal today -- Candidates Figure What Voters Need From Them Is A Good Dressing Down -- gives us hope today for the end of sartorial madness and the tired old suit and tie routine. When politicians begin to break free of their suits of armor you know change is in the wind.
Of course, Max Comfort has known this for some time. He is the author of FreeDress For Success -- A Businessman's Guide To sartorial Disarmament. This tie-breaking book was hailed by management guru, Tom Peters, as long overdue. "FreeDress For Success' I said when I received the manuscript. C'mon. you've got to be kidding.' Then I started reading. I laughed and laughed. And then cried and cried. This is a wonderful book, about life, business management, and the nonsense of the "dress for success' movement. Honest Max, I'll never wear a suit again."
Tom, at least, was aware that our sartorial madness was coming to an end. Too bad so many others have not yet gotten the message. But when politicians - of all the overdressed, scared to relax, people - can jettison the suit and tie routine, well then, there's definitely hope.
Yes, its good to see "campaign casual' finally hit the political circuit where, God knows, the honesty meter has been on zero for some time. There's nothing like loosening up, especially getting rid of those brain-squeezing cloth ropes tied around our necks. Who the hell came up that?
With candidates now going nakedly casual maybe there is hope for the ruling-elite financial establishment -- i.e., all those zillionaires deathly afraid of not appearing in a suit and tie, and whose honesty has been in question ever since they were forced to adopt this nut-ball dress standard by the likes of John T. Molloy and his musty, decades-old, Dress For Success book. It's basically a manual for up-tight marionettes, poseurs, and ponzi scheme artists.
Molloy is known for such gems of duplicity as "the tie is the single most important denominator of social status for a man in the United States today." So then, it is not your intelligence, your creativity, your good works, or your heart and soul" its your tie. Mollow also stated fearlessly: "Let me say it straight out. We all wear uniforms and our uniforms are clear and distinct signs of class. In almost any situation where two men meet, one man's clothing is saying to the other man: "I am more important than you are, please show respect; or "I am your equal and expect to be treated as such''or '" I am not your equal and I do not expect to be treated as such."
As Max Comfort noted about this uppity tirade and crass warfare: "According to the Molloy Doctrine, our uniforms spend a lot of time talking to one another, and we worry incessantly about class, rank, and status. To outsiders, there is a wonderful Tartuffian, comic-opera, feel to this crazy world. In effect, modern day businessmen and politicians are often so full of such sartorial buffoonery, pomposity, and insincerity they cannot possibly inspire confidence or trust."
Max waxes eloquent on this topic. As Tom says, you'll laugh and you'll cry. So get a copy of FreeDress For Success. Have a good laugh and liberate your closet!
Kent Welton (aka Max Comfort)