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September 1st, 2009 by Bill Brown · 3 Comments · Politics

Below is a lighthearted parody that cracked me up:

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  • C.T.

    I like the truth of the song, of course, but I find it difficult to be “light-hearted” about this sort of thing. Perhaps I need to lighten up, but the way I see it, there are other human beings enslaving me, telling me how to live, how much of my money they will take, and I want to harm them. It’s all fundamentally very violent (i.e., involving force), and I can’t link humor to that.

  • Bill Brown

    I understand your concern, but laughing at our masters undermines them. Perhaps someone who watches that might finally get that the money showered down on corporations and people isn’t manna, but his money and his livelihood. It’s catchy and engaging in a way (and on a level) that no number of essays can possibly be. Each format has its place and its usefulness.

  • Mike

    Right. One of the telltale signs of a tyrant is when one is no longer safe in making sport of them… which is right when the satire is most effective.