Ever since the Elizabethan Age, satiric poets have moved and profoundly transformed their readers with the intensity of their ideas and the techniques used to amplify them. People often report having their thinking altered by the likes of John Dryden, Jonathan Swift, and Alexander Pope. In New Zealand, these satirical poets have a more recent […]Read more "James K. Baxter and the Art of Anger"
A Spyglass for Barry O Oh some have opened up the mails And some have tapped the phones, And cell-lines are no longer safe, But often guide the drones, Which fly above one’s head so high To drop their fiery taint. “Hey, don’t be such a dickhead now!” Says Barry O the Saint. Here some […]Read more "A Spyglass for Barry O"
From William Shakespeare’s day to the present, audiences have been spellbound by stories involving intrigue, political conspiracy, and violence. This is natural for aristocratic and commoner audiences alike. As long as unjust hierarchic society exists, the spectre of social instability and chaos will haunt its dreams. William Shakespeare, the great playwright of the English Renaissance, […]Read more "Social Violence in King Lear"
The Conversation of Vice-President Joe Biden (United States Vice-President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, and an underage Girl) “I gave no sign,” said the young Girl, “That you could pet my hair, And since you’re the Vice-President It wasn’t very fair – You have two big goons by your side, Instead of balls down there!” “Speak […]Read more "The Conversation of Vice-President Joe Biden"
Mankind will destroy itself. Tomorrow, next year, or sometime in the decades to come, humanity will follow its leaders over a cliff and just plummet into oblivion. We all sense this, but its truth is constantly hidden by these self-same leaders. At times we become more aware of the peril, usually in periods of crisis […]Read more "Kubrick the Lie-Killer"
President Putin on the Phone with Obama Said President Putin to Obama, “Now take your latest screed; It has no trace of truthfulness, Nor honor, nor a creed. All your words you wield as razors, To make innocents bleed.” “I’m a fine black man,” said Obama, “To do a blackest deed.” “So you say,” said […]Read more "President Putin on the Phone with Obama"
A century and a half before the French Revolution, Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army proved that nationalist citizen militaries were superior in every way to the elite-led, essentially mercenary, armed forces of the medieval aristocracy. Across the English Channel, the experience of the Thirty Years War resulted in the continent’s choosing of nationalism over Roman […]Read more "The French Revolution and the Current Historical Moment"