(urth) OT: watchmen on trial
marudubshinki at gmail.com
Tue Mar 22 15:37:21 PST 2005
Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:
>>Herbert's initial impulse in writing Dune was to write a criticism of
>>Messiah figures, from Jesus to JFK, showing that one SHOULDN'T follow
Yep. There's pretty much a complete consensus about that, from Herbert,
O"Reilly and beyond.
>>Illustrating their actions, in the case of Dune, isn't the same as condoning
>Also correct. However, it is a fascist book in that it is set in a world in
>which the basic assumptions of facism (and especially the leader
>principle) all turn out to be true. It does so to critique those
>assumptions - to show how badly things would turn out if they were
>true - but nonetheless, in the _Dune_ universe-of-discourse, they
>Perhaps the problem is that when I say it is a fascist book people
>think I'm dissing it.
You *are* likening it to one of the most notorious, evil political
ideologies that ever was, and
labelling it a member. It is rather understandable why 'people' would
think you are dissing it.
What I'd like to hear is your take on the 'Foundation' series : )
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