It’s a parable, and like most parables, it’s timeless. But it differs from Aesop’s parable about the boy who cried wolf in one crucial way: Nobody tries to kill the FOX.
Of course, there’s the whole thing about lies and lying liars, but we’ve been rewarding liars for years, so that’s not new.
Armageddon Buffet loves Soviet-era science fiction. It’s so dark, so dreary, so Armageddon-like. Like much of Western science fiction of the era, the Strugatsky brothers captured the “doomsday” spirit of the End Times with their fiction, and even anticipated Chernobyl.
Here’s one Strugatsky story our editor published: A Beetle in an Anthill.
And our editor, Stephen Potts, wrote the book about the Strugatsky brothers!
It may very well be the new “trial of the Century”! Remember the last one? We do.
The Zimmerman trial and the entire controversy of the “literally in fear of my life” defense law reminds us of the Terry Schaivo editorial we originally published back in 2005. The similarities? Both occur in Florida and both involve over-reach by politicians wanting to legislate Apocalypse into being (pro-zombies with Schaivo, pro-vigilantes with Zimmerman).
Certainly the rest of the world is taking an interest in how we handle this. After all, not too long ago a tourist was shot dead for Trick-or-Treating while Japanese. His killer was aquitted. Will Trayvon’s trial even get started or will it be stopped by our far-right United States Supreme Court? How you do think these 9 men and women in black will decide in Vigilante v. Hoodie?
It’s been four years since the last economic dominos fell, and the Dow has just barely returned to pre-collapse levels – though since Congress or Wall Street never enacted reforms to prevent a re-occurrence we are guaranteed a repeat of the bust-and-boom times. This editorial, written in 2008, analyzed what happened and why. Think of it when you vote for the next set of Insane Clowns.
Last night we met the chunky Betty (Mad Men); today we have a plump Wonder Woman to contend with as Armageddon Buffet reprints Alan Wade’s funny story.
This is one of the rare editorials not written by Editor Stephen Potts. Instead it’s written by Noam Daguerre – the better to ensure he won’t be fired for writing it!