Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Anthony Burgess: "We Have a Duty to Distrust the State"

This explanation of A Clockwork Orange by the author (who died in 1993) was written eleven years after its publication, in 1973, which was nearly 40 years ago! It is printed in this week's New Yorker, subscription-only.

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barnhouse (#1,326)

Yes, but doesn't go far enough: we have a duty not only to resist, but to reform the state.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@barnhouse If you can't beat 'em, etc.

atipofthehat (#797)


"Right you are," said Silver; "rough and ready. But mark you here, I'm an easy man—'m quite the gentleman, says you; but this time it's serious. Dooty is dooty, mates. I give my vote—death. When I'm in Parlyment and riding in my coach, I don't want none of these sea-lawyers in the cabin a-coming home, unlooked for, like the devil at prayers. Wait is what I say; but when the time comes, why, let her rip!"

emberglance (#7,305)

Nice one, but of course in this crazy mixed-up world in which we live in this reads more like a manifesto for the Tea Party than anything else.

BadUncle (#153)

Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well. To what do we owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising quote? Is little Alex Balk naughty again?

Baboleen (#1,430)

@emberglance, not everything that the Teaparty stands for is crazy. I don't want to have my choices in life shrunk by the government. I also don't want services I may personally need (even though I've paid my fair share of taxes,social security, etc. for 40 yrs.) taken away from me by the government.

pamenglish (#234,167)

"…was written eleven years after its publication…" This sentence is killing me.

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