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I completely disagree with your "feeling", as I'm sure you'll disagree with mine: Calling this post "political" seems, to me, to be an exaggeration. Though I imagine it's unintentional.
Reading the comments on Massdrop about the costly Pelikan does, at first read, feel rather hostile towards those who can afford it, those who buy it and those that produce it. However, this thread brought forth a discussion that expounded beyond the disapproval of purchasing an expensive pen and into a common occurrence with most fountain pen enthusiasts: The "one-sided", "reductive and snide" remarks about the way we choose to spend our own hard-earned wages on fountain pens.
The overall feel of the thread has been been one of frustration and commiseration over others who tell us the spending on our hobby is essentially stupid, but their excessive spending on items more expensive than a $1,000 FP is, somehow, beyond reproach (regardless of whether or not they can afford it). Ultimately, this is a matter of one adult telling another adult how to spend their money (whether online or in person) and shaming them over purchases they do not approve of, though be it none of their business. I find that extremely invasive.
No mud has been tracked in, but when I feel I have to be decidedly choice with my words in reply to another member, I feel the ground around this thread begin to soften.
If this thread gets suspended, it'll likely be due to it going down a heated digression, not for political nuances that one must strain to see.
That and the Yellow is ugly.
I disagree, AGAIN!
It's a rockin' pen and I love yellow.
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