Minister of Science and Chief Protector of the Faith

Friday, August 24, 2007

The More Things Change, the More They Stink


"Remember our war hysteria, when we called sauerkraut 'Liberty cabbage' and somebody actually proposed calling German measles 'Liberty measles'? And wartime censorship of honest papers? Bad as Russia! Remember our kissing the--well, the feet of Billy Sunday, the million-dollar evangelist...Remember when the hick legislators in certain states, in obedience to William Jennings Bryan, who learned his biology from his pious old grandma, set up shop as scientific experts and made the whole world laugh itself sick by forbidding the teaching of evolution?"

"It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis, published in 1935 (via C&L)

Sinclair Lewis also said;

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

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At Fri Aug 24, 12:23:00 PM, Blogger FranIAm said...


I am ill.

At Fri Aug 24, 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

All Sinclair Lewis books will now be burned by Chertoff and his gang.

At Fri Aug 24, 03:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're really on a tear, Dr. Z!

At Sat Aug 25, 02:27:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

FranIAm: Our culture is like "TV Land." Endless reruns.

Dr. Monkerstein: Don't say that, Montag. Even in jest!

DCup: Oh!

At Sat Aug 25, 06:26:00 PM, Blogger BAC said...

... now what was that old saying about those who don't know their history...?

Would everyone please set your watch back at least 75 years.


At Sun Aug 26, 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

The past is pretty bad, but it is the present that is depressing. The present is just the same old in a new package.


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