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Cold Turkey

Kurt Vonnegut at his best here is writing about everything, but mostly war and peace and phony Christian politicians. You gotta love it - but I suggest that after you finish it, you restore you spirit with the words of another literate giant, William Faulkner, and his brief, but inspiring Nobel Prize speech which you can find here.

Here's how Vonnegut gets reved up and rolling:

Many years ago, I was so innocent I still considered it possible that we could become the humane and reasonable America so many members of my generation used to dream of. We dreamed of such an America during the Great Depression, when there were no jobs. And then we fought and often died for that dream during the Second World War, when there was no peace.

But I know now that there is not a chance in hell of America’s becoming humane and reasonable. Because power corrupts us, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.

Posted by Greg Stone at May 20, 2004 07:03 PM
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