As the good doctor covers the bad tasting medicine in honey so the child will take it, in like manner the satirist sweetens moral instruction with pleasing rhetoric. That is the alibi, but the truth is closer to that hinted at by Derrida. The satirist's pharmakon is both medicine and poison. Satire is a homeopathic cure for the body politic, as, in the 18th Century, was arsenic for syphillis. Whether it cures or kills, the poison purges the poison. Of course an emetic also works,if coupled with sweet torment, mixing pleasure and pain in pursuit of truth. I only wish more speak out.
We are fortunate to have so manyscholars of the Englishlanguage and rhetoric who frequent this site and have the learning to appreciate the flowers of rhetoric stewn so profusely both here and, for that matter, at Gifthub. Speaking of which, I believe the Author Function was using Dr. Johson's famous essays on Dick Minim, the first, as a model for this post on the spirit of Christmas. But whereas Johnson wrote in his own voice, an Idler, the Author Function turns his Self, under his Legal Name, into a character who becomes the patsy of his own post, as the Sagacious Reader will observe. Other than, say, Pirandello's 6 Characters in Search of an Author, or Swift's Tale of a Tub, I do not know of any comparable coup d'theatre. I do wish I had the Author Function's Genius, let alone his Learning! But Candidia will see to it that he pays handsomely for introducing the virus of satire in the serious discourse of philanthropy. She subsidizes Gifthub for a reason: As a pious front for Wealth Bondage. This will not end well. Beware! The Worldwide Web has Ears and the Listeners carry messages to Candidia herself so she can keep Wealth Bondage Free. A robust Candidia is our best protection against the subversion of Wealth Bondage here and abroad. Ladies and Gentleman, back to your desks. We have a blog to get out.
I have often wondered whether it is harder to insert the umbrella or to open it. But, when succesfully unfurled inside the back channel of the Body Politic, like this, no one can pull it out without making a mess. Congrats to the Author Function. He has made his name a laughingstock. It takes courage, as well as pure stupidity, to play the Fool for keeps. Me? I am just a Fetish Action Figure. What can Candidia do to me? But the AF; he has real guts.
Orwellian without a license, Bush told to back off. As President, though, he can override the constitution, let alone mere copyrights. Some people think it is a big joke, but Freedom is whatever we say it is.
By Georgio Agamben. So civil liberities must be suspended to be protected. We rely upon those who are, under law, above law, who are themselves living in a state of exception, like we the unhoused ones, the Dumpster Dwellers, bare life, with only the rights we are given, subject to whatever exception applies, homosacer. Alberto Gonazalez! Proetect us from evil!
Agnes Nairn, a Bath researcher quoted by The Associated Press, said that, "The girls we spoke to see Barbie torture as a legitimate play activity, and see the torture as a 'cool' activity." The academic then explicated in gruesome detail that "The types of mutilation are varied and creative, and range from removing the hair to decapitation, burning, breaking and even microwaving."
In giving what goes around comes around. Through mutual gifts and reciprocity comes a culture of mutual trust, harmony, and solidarity. Gving is, in an oft-quoted line, the passing gear of American Society. "Eat my fumes," as Candidia says. "I got mine; get yours."
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