The official New York Times Twitter account is touting as one of the newspaper's top ten comments of the past week the assertion that "Pumpkin spice is a horrible disease inflicted on the American palate by capitalism."
The commenter, Rebecca Stanton, appears to have arrived at Columbia University around 1990 and pretty much stayed since then (she had a ten year stint at Barnard). I suppose one of the things about a free market economy is that if something is successful, like pumpkin spice flavoring, it gets copied and spreads, up to the point where someone (like the Times) figures they can make more money by mocking it than by joining in. But leave it to the Times to find a way to attack not only pumpkin spice but also capitalism. In communism the people might want the pumpkin spice flavoring they heard about from their American cousins, but the supermarkets would be out of it because there are no proper price systems or incentives to get the right amount produced, and so only the families of top Communist Party officials can obtain the stuff.