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Mm-hmm…

is that the real, uhhhh, at least to me— I say this elsewhere in the book—the, what seems to me, uhhh, uh, a very, in a sense terrifying aspect of our society, and other societies, is the equanimity and the detachment with which sane, reasonable, sensible people can observe such events. I think that’s more terrifying than the occasional Hitler or LeMay, or other of the that crops up. These people would not be able to operate were it not for the, this apathy and equanimity,

and therefore I think that it’s, in some sense, the sane and reasonable and tolerant people who, should, who, who share the, a very serious burden of guilt that they very easily throw on the shoulders of others who seem more extreme and more violent. Though I agree, but, uh, but surely the emotional temperature, of uh, of yourself, or of myself, or, or of other people Hmm. is not in and of itself an index— an automatic index— to the righteousness of emotions. For instance, for a, for a people who are approximately equally brought up in the late thirties, or whether or not America should help American Terror libretto © Jeffrey Lependorf 2008

Certainly not. Certainly not. I wouldn’t make…

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American Terror  

opera libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf based on the 1969 "Firing LIne" television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on America...

American Terror  

opera libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf based on the 1969 "Firing LIne" television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on America...

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