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The Great Smack-Bam Contest

Most of my friends and friendly readers are familiar with my great art work and depiction of our pathological lying and fearless president, who somehow managed to escape the bites of feckless democrats. This despicable bully is again roaming the depleted devastated forests of America and denigrating all the fair-minded opponents running in the mid-term elections, opponents who believe in democratizing democracy. Consequently, I am holding a world-wide contest to counter this tyrannical madman’s vicious attacks. From October 22 to November 6, I am offering a free copy of my […]

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Dear Friends,   Below you will find the last of my posts of fairy tales that reveal their provocatively deep meanings for our present days.  Whether clothed in metaphors, or whether just clothed, fairy tales reveal the naked truths of tyranny. I am now turning to two projects, a monograph of Ernst Bloch, the great philosopher of Hope, and a YA novella¸ “The Land of Lies.” One of Bloch’s last essays was “Can Hope Be Disappointed?” The answer is clear” Of course, but it can never die.”   The Reward of the Emperor without Clothes Jack Zipes   Soon after the Emperor without clothes had realized he was nude and that a young innocent child had spoken the truth and exposed his stupidity, he ordered the boy to come to his palace. Everyone believed that the Emperor was going to reward the lad for being so honest and courageous. Instead, the plump vindictive king ordered his guards to take the boy to the royal kitchen where the cook was to butcher the famished boy and put all his bones and flesh into a gigantic pie. Once the chef had finished baking the sumptuous pie, seven enormous wrestlers, all nude, were dispatched to carry the pie to a grand table in the palace courtyard. The king, too, was completely naked and stood on a pedestal in front of all his courtiers and thousands of local residents and peasants who had been compelled […]

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Dear Friends, I know that I promised to post another wise fairy tale concerning tyranny next week, but yesterday’s senate hearing about the truth of Ms. Ford’s accusations against Mr. Kavanaugh who “allegedly” tried to rape her was so disturbing that I am compelled to publish the tale below to help us understand what is happening in the public domain. Kavanaugh’s disgraceful bullying behavior and his sobbing declaration of innocence while he blatantly attacked Senator Klobuchar from my home state of Minnesota demand careful reflection. How can truth be told when it is smothered by a judge? Well, Édourard Laboulaye, one of the greatest professors of jurisprudence in the nineteenth century, a man responsible for the creation of the Statue of Liberty, may be able to help us. Here is the story which will appear with others in my book, Slap-Bam, The Art of Governing Men in November. More about tyranny next week. Falsehood and Truth Édouard Laboulaye In olden times, Falsehood and Truth resolved to live together like a pair of friends. Truth was a good person, simple, timid, and confident. Falsehood was a smooth talker, elegant and daring. One commanded, and the other always obeyed. Everything went well in such a friendly partnership. One day Falsehood suggested to Truth that it would do well to plant a tree that would provide them with blossoms and flowers in the spring, shade in the summer, and fruit in autumn. Truth […]

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Dear Friends, Most people don’t realize how wise fairy tales are and how they speak truth to abusive authoritarian rulers. So today and next week, I shall share a bit of wisdom with you that might help the pope and cardinals of the Catholic church. Next week, a bit of truth for tyrants and their followers. Never lose hope! Jack The Three Languages There was once an old count who lived in Switzerland, and he had an only son, who was quite stupid and could not learn anything. “Listen, my son,” the father said. I can’t get anything to sink into your head, no matter how much I try. So, I’m sending you away from here and placing you under the care of a famous master. Let us see what he can do with you.” The young man was sent to a strange city and stayed with the master for a whole year. At the end of this time he came home, and his father asked, “Well, my son, what have you learned?” “Father,” he responded, “I’ve learned to understand the barking of dogs.” “May God have mercy on us!” the father exclaimed. “Is that all you’ve learned? Well, now I’m going to send you to a master in another city.” The young man was taken there and stayed one year with the master as well. When he came back home, his father asked again, “My son, what have you […]

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Dear Friends, Most people don’t realize how wise fairy tales are and how they speak truth to abusiove authoritarian rulers. So today and next week, I shall share a bit of wisdom with you that might help the pope and cardinals of the Catholic church. Next week, a bit of truth for tyrants and their followers. Never lose hope! Jack Zipes     The Three Languages: There was once an old count who lived in Switzerland, and he had an only son, who was quite stupid and could not learn anything. “Listen, my son,” the father said. I can’t get anything to sink into your head, no matter how much I try. So, I’m sending you away from here and placing you under the care of a famous master. Let us see what he can do with you.” The young man was sent to a strange city and stayed with the master for a whole year. At the end of this time he came home, and his father asked, “Well, my son, what have you learned?” “Father,” he responded, “I’ve learned to understand the barking of dogs.” “May God have mercy on us!” the father exclaimed. “Is that all you’ve learned? Well, now I’m going to send you to a master in another city.” The young man was taken there and stayed one year with the master as well. When he came back home, his father asked again, “My son, […]

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