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Quotes: The War on Straw
Granny: I am the humble and reasonable personification of the artist. I am humble and articulate on topics I have a basic grasp of.
Youth: I'M A WILD FUCKING STEREOTYPE
Granny: Whoa, you need to relax! I'm obviously right because I am calm in this matter and thusly smarter than you.
Youth: TOO LATE! I'M ALREADY MADE OF STRAW, FUCK BOY
Granny: Oh! Those porr SJW LGBTBBQJIDFWXYZ activists are so misguided!
—Ben Garrison parody

"When first I became one of the New Anarchists I tried all kinds of respectable disguises. I dressed up as a bishop. I read up all about bishops in our anarchist pamphlets, in Superstition the Vampire and Priests of Prey. I certainly understood from them that bishops are strange and terrible old men keeping a cruel secret from mankind. I was misinformed. When on my first appearing in episcopal gaiters in a drawing-room I cried out in a voice of thunder, 'Down! down! presumptuous human reason!' they found out in some way that I was not a bishop at all. I was nabbed at once. Then I made up as a millionaire; but I defended Capital with so much intelligence that a fool could see that I was quite poor. Then I tried being a major. Now I am a humanitarian myself, but I have, I hope, enough intellectual breadth to understand the position of those who, like Nietzsche, admire violence — the proud, mad war of Nature and all that, you know. I threw myself into the major. I drew my sword and waved it constantly. I called out 'Blood!' abstractedly, like a man calling for wine. I often said, 'Let the weak perish; it is the Law.' Well, well, it seems majors don't do this. I was nabbed again."
Gregory, explaining his failed attempts to go undercover, The Man Who Was Thursday.

"Marvel's 2006 event mini series Civil War was a pretty damn good read from writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven. It created a scenario that had hero vs hero without a definite 'bad guy' to root against, and managed to invoke modern real-world politics and issues regarding what we as a society are willing to do in the name of safety and security...But as cool as the initial mini series was, the fallout and status quo change in the Marvel Universe went on for years, arguably at the very least two years too long. In the post Civil War Universe, Tony Stark, the leader on the side of government registration of known superheroes, was portrayed as kind of a giant prick, as was every hero on the registration side, regardless of whether or not they actually had a point. Meanwhile all the heroes on the side of those against hero registration were painted as cool rebels."

"So much of the base under siege subgenre is based on paranoia about the boundary between the inside and outside. And the Gangers push this boundary interestingly...the tension is not merely 'how are we going to keep the monsters out,' but rather 'wait a moment, what is and isn’t a monster anyway?'

Or, at least, it tries. The problem is that ultimately, it still ends up siding with the humans. The basic fact that the Gangers have to do double duty as 'they’re people the same as us' and they’re monstrous' undermines things. On a fundamental level, there’s a real problem with the fact that the only outright villain the story has is a Ganger. It’s the usual problem that stories of this sort have — on the one hand, The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People wants to sympathize utterly with the Ganger’s cause, and on the other it wants to make sure it shuts down the possibility that their oppression justifies any sort of revolutionary act. And so the entrenched structures of power — the humans — are ultimately given priority. This is implicit even in the structure of the plot — the Doctor defaults to spending his time with the humans, and while he pushes them to save the Gangers as well, the result is still a story in which saving the humans appears to be the primary goal. Even the title is working against the Gangers, relegating them to the status of 'almost' people.

So what we have is a story that’s trying to smartly update the old base under siege story, but that ultimately just reaffirms its underlying paranoia and ethos while muddling about without doing much of anything."
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who ("The Almost People").

…in science as elsewhere, we fight for and against not men and things as they are, but for and against the caricatures we make of them."
Joseph Schumpeter, History of Economic Analysis, p. 86.


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