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the schizophrenia of a public, which willed both more or less simultaneously? On the one hand you say that the public isn’t capable of acting disinterestedly, absolutely disinterested. Well, the government, the government, well, alright, the government,

The public didn’t will either. The public didn’t will either. The public didn’t will either. But the government, oh, because, because both were…

uh, the government backed by the public, how’s that? Ho- How do you explain that the same government on, on Monday, uh, did the Truman Doctrine, which you consider simply to be a sort of a projection of the evil impulses of the government, and on Tuesday did something which you consider to be very good? How did you?… I didn’t say that. What’s happened to the government Now wait just a minute. between Monday and Tuesday? First of all, I didn’t say I consider it to be very good. I said it’s very, it’s rather different, and, and one, one has to bring different standards to bear in evaluating it. But why, why is it different? Let me give you an example. Suppose you’re a farmer, and, and temporary… and you need agriculture.

If…

Because there’s a difference between receiving…

Uh, you need fertilizer,

Yeh.

so you apply to me for fertilizer, but just before I get it to you, somebody comes up with a bayonet, and is about to, uh, uh, i- i- is about to, to make it impossible for you to continue, uh,

But it,

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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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