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Friday, March 4, 2016

SHAKESPEARE, KIERKEGAARD, AND DONALD TRUMP

The extraordinary Republican debate last night called to mind Shakespeare and Kierkegaard.  "How is that?" you may ask, puzzled, but perhaps also impressed, that I can find pearls in such a swinish pigsty.  Well, as we will all recall, in Act One Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the Fool, Malvolio, says "Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage." Kierkegaard renders this, as the Motto for his Philosophical Fragments, BETTER WELL-HUNG THAN ILL-WED, which we can all agree perfectly sums up Trump's message yesterday evening.

Marvel if you can at this Republican Primary season.  We shall never see its like again.

4 comments:

Unknown said...

Danny Klein and I sent a satirical op-ed piece yesterday to the Boston Globe, which has often printed our op-eds. After last night, I doubt this one will see the light of day. The reality is more bizarre than the satire. Tom

Robert Paul Wolff said...

These are difficult times for satirists.

Michael Llenos said...

I hope this will not turn corny but I believe Herman Melville was a prophet:

"GRAND CONTESTED ELECTION FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES.
"WHALING VOYAGE BY ONE ISHMAEL.
"BLOODY BATTLE IN AFGHANISTAN."

--Chapter 1 LOOMINGS, Moby-Dick

You can interpret the former this way:

"GRAND (old Party) CONTESTED ELECTION FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES.
"WHALING VOYAGE BY ONE ISHMAEL.
"BLOODY (large British Special Forces or British Air Power) BATTLE IN AFGHANISTAN."

Well, there is still fighting in Afghanistan (even though the British have mainly left), and this is the greatest Republican debate of our time....

Michael Llenos said...

The above prophetic saying of Melville's could be his successful attempt to make a Nostradamus Quatrain.