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November 14 , 2007

Alice in Blunderland: A Parable for Our Times


What would happen if Alice, of Wonderland fame, were dropped into a political system where the government runs every aspect of life?You would have Alice in Blunderland, a 1907 classic, brought back to lifewith even more meaning for our modern times.Join Alice as she explores a city where:- The town has an official beggarwho is on government salary.- Boys are required to dance with homely girlsor get arrested. - They have the safest, most fuel-efficient, mass transit system in the worldbecause it doesnt go anywhere. - Teeth are public property.- The Commissioner of Public Verse has 16,743 poets working for himand words that dont rhyme are made to rhyme by civic decree.- And, the official government monetary policy is expressed as follows: We promise to pay, This bond some day, If of the stuff, Weve got enough.And if we havent, pray dont despond, For well pay it off with another bond."This would be one of the funniest political satires Ive ever readif it werent so close to current reality."

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