Wednesday, January 04, 2006

13. I Am A Man Without A Country (Ralph Stanley version)

In Kurt Vonnegut’s new book, “A Man Without a Country,”

Kurt talks about how leaders are nothing more than deranged guessers, and have been throughout time. The leaders know that the way to keep the public on their side is to berate them with snake-oil and false truths.

Loaded pistols are good for everyone except inmates in prisons or lunatic asylums.
That’s correct.
Millions spent on public health are inflationary.
That’s correct.
Billions spent on weapons will bring inflation down.
That’s correct.
Dictatorships to the right are much closer to American ideals than dictatorships to the left.
That’s correct.
The more hydrogen bomb warheads we have, all set to go off at a moment’s notice, the safer humanity is and the better off the world will be that our grandchildren will inherit.
That’s correct.
Industrial wastes, especially those that are radioactive, hardly ever hurt anybody, so everybody should shut up about them.
That’s correct.
Industries should be allowed to do whatever they want to do: Bribe, wreck the environment just a little, fix prices, screw dumb customers, put a stop to competition, and raid the Treasury when they go broke.
That’s correct.
That’s free enterprise.
And that’s correct.
The poor have done something very wrong or they wouldn’t be poor, so their children should pay the consequences.
That’s correct.
The United States of America cannot be expected to look after its own people.
That’s correct.
The free market will do that.
That’s correct.
The free market if an automatic system of justice.
That’s correct.
I’m kidding.

Free To Be You And Me


Blogger scribe said...

Vonnegut is a god among mortals.

1/05/2006 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I see you're into Vonnegut. That's cool. Have you ever checked out Graham Greene. He's got some funny stuff too.

1/05/2006 1:27 PM  

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