(urth) barrington interview

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes danldo at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 13:13:11 PDT 2014

That's actually a really sweet interview.

On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Gwern Branwen <gwern at gwern.net> wrote:

> An interesting bit about the politics of _The Land Across_:
> > Q: “The Land Across” is your newest novel. What did this book allow you
> to explore that previous ones had not?
> >
> > Wolfe: What I did in that book particularly was to take a tyrannical,
> political setup and show it from the inside: The reason that the people who
> were involved considered a dictatorship necessary. We seem to think of that
> sort of thing as an unmitigated evil. But democracy depends upon
> individuals being willing to contribute and take part in the democratic
> process.
> >
> > In other words, they have to look at the people who are running for
> office and in some cases running for office themselves and make reasoned
> judgments on the thing and then write letters and protest and so on. And if
> they are not willing to do that, if they resign from the whole process of
> government, then you can’t really get anywhere with a democracy. The
> democracy naturally lapses into some sort of a tyrannical setup.
> --
> gwern
> http://www.gwern.net
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Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
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