Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Still the conscience of America

My mother always said that Kurt Vonnegut was the conscience of America. Tonight, he was on the Daily Show, proving that at 83 years of age, he's still the conscience of America, and of humanity in general.

Two of his statements on the show stood out in particular and bear repeating:

"I think we are terrible animals. And I think our planet's immune system is trying to get rid of us and should."

And his lesson for Iraq:

"In democracy, after a 100 years you have to let your slaves go. After 150 years you have to let your women vote. And at the beginning of democracy is quite a bit of genocide, and ethnic cleansing is quite ok and that's what's going on now."


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