Monday, July 15, 2013

Libertarians: Pwnd By Peter Weiss

"Screaming in language that no-one understands / Of the rights that we grabbed with our own bleeding hands / When we wiped out the bosses and stormed through the wall / Of the prison they told us would outlast us all!"—Peter Weiss, The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (defensively called Marat/Sade by just about everyone who writes about it.)

The play is about the failure of the French Revolution of 1793. But it occurs to me that the verse could equally apply to Tea Party Republicans or libertarians. Does anyone know what their leaders are talking about when they talk about "freedom?" How can freedom involve so much war, poverty, imprisonment, and pain?

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