March 18, 2003

Is It too Late to Ask to Be Born on Another Planet?

A correspondent complains:

I'm not sure I want to live on a planet where Howard Fast can write Spartacus and Freedom Road, and still accept the Stalin Prize.

Is it too late to ask for another planet?

The answer, unfortunately, is "Yes, if you are already alive it is too late to ask to be born on another planet."

But we could try to fix the one we have...

Posted by DeLong at March 18, 2003 07:38 AM | TrackBack


What about a planet where a man who lost three limbs fighting for his country can be attacked as not a patriot by a man who got out of serving "because of a bad knee", and lose?

Posted by: John Isbell on March 18, 2003 10:42 AM

If you find a way to the new planet, please share.

Posted by: Section321 on March 18, 2003 11:10 AM

Wow. There's still such a thing as the Stalin Prize? How come nobody told me so that I can apply? ;-)

Posted by: andres on March 18, 2003 12:10 PM

We are already in another world... I call it Bushworld.

Posted by: john McKinzey on March 18, 2003 03:41 PM

Your commenters annoy me, as they appear to need to be lead to the internet to drink. No, dumpkopf, the Stalin Prize doesn't still exist. Google is your friend.

Only slightly ironically, Fast won it only two years before renouncing communism. But I blogged all this days ago, and don't feel like repeating myself.

As for the Sad Thoughts, I recall when it was called Bushworld, and before that, ReaganWorld, and before that NixonWorld, and I read about the equivalent of EisenhowerWorld, let alone the Taft opposition, and stepping back to Hoover, or even Coolidge. Jeez, read some history and grow some perspective.

Apologies; griping on comments of another blog, particularly one that attracts kids, is the last resort of the feebly -- wait -- that's Catwoman on Nik at Night! Never mind.

Posted by: Gary Farber on March 20, 2003 01:02 AM

Hah. I stand corrected, though I honestly did not know when Fast won the prize. Gary, lighten up. There is not enough time in the universe for you or I to google up on every interesting bit of trivia that we run across in the internet.

Posted by: andres on March 20, 2003 07:26 AM
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