Vonnegut got it right

Back in 1965 or so, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. published a novel called God Bless you, Mr. Rosewater and in that novel he wrote these words. They come not ten pages into the thing, and they are some of the most profound, bitter, and heartfelt words I have ever read. It is also amazing, to me, how close they come to describing modern day attitudes in America, but then I guess corporate greed is really nothing new.

Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.

There really is nothing more to add save that once again, I am amazed and astounded at Vonnegut’s prescience and access to the truth everyone knows but either is afraid to speak or is ignorant as to how to put those thoughts and ideas into comprehensible and meaningful sentences and phrases.

God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut.


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