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June 12, 2009

Here’s a quote from a novel I just finished:

“If the new world turns out to be peace, prosperity, and democracy, how wonderful for us all,” she said. “But perhaps it will be less appealing, more like the Dark Ages if the Dark Ages had had all these wonderful new forms of high-tech entertainment to make them tolerable. But I think you’d agree … being able to get the latest movies on video doesn’t fully compensate for enslavement.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2009 12:37 am

    Thanks, but which novel?

  2. June 13, 2009 8:50 am

    What is the meaning of the word “enslavement” in this context?
    Or perhaps, wording the question slightly differently, what is freedom?

  3. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    June 13, 2009 12:12 pm

    Sophia, it means whatever you want it to mean. The novel is not very sophisticated—this paragraph is little more than stupid vague rhetoric on the context of the story. I can’t even tell from the political statements what the author’s political views are.

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