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From: Thomas Bitterman <tom@bitterman.net>
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: The Best Introduction To The Mountains
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 15:00:23 -0500

Andy Robertson wrote:

>The political message is not the whole of these stories, but it is
>unmistakable:  the government is more dangerous than any tyrant, because it
>acts under a fiction of the greater good.
>Surely this is obvious?
>    Andy R
Which is obvious?:
a) the government is more dangerous than any tyrant?
b) that this is what Wolfe thinks?

If we stick with b), it might be interesting to note that (afaik) Wolfe 
has not written a story
in which the government is a theocracy.  It's easier to criticize from 
the outside.  It might also
bring up some embarrasing situations for the RCC, Wolfe's church of 
choice and possibly the
most bureaucratic institution on the planet.


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