No matter where you are in the world you will recognize many, if not all of the subjects chosen, and if you are like me, you will come away stirred by those with great accomplishments; moved by those whose lives were cut off too short and motivated by what can be accomplished.
Looking forward to the day when the far right nightmare of a global social order looms larger on the horizon of the possible than it does now -- here's a modest proposal for how world politics might be organized during the transition.
Satire is an important form of political commentary. The problem is that when someone equates a particular policy position with The Destruction of America As We Know It, they disregard the fact that reasonable people can disagree.
In 1729, Jonathan Swift's idea was simple: the starving Irish should sell their own children to the rich as food. I want to suggest that we put in motion a similar undertaking. The basic idea is that we offer ourselves up as a sacrifice to the bond markets.
I'd like to offer a proposal that everyone should have to fly naked. Immediately ban all clothing of any kind from all flights, in order to reach a one-hundred percent rate of security against clothing bombs.
Last year, when I spoke with David Kavanagh, the running joke was that the difference between Ireland and Iceland was one letter and six weeks. In 2009, the economy sank 7.1 percent. And as in the US, citizen anger has been vehement and vocal.
Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts, used the metaphor City on a Hill." He advised the colonists to be a model community, as the whole world was watching them. Even when they showered. Especially when they showered.
In a plot line inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Road Not Taken," fictional character Archie Andrews has already proposed to Veronica and will propose to Betty next month. I wonder what it would be like if other comics were inspired by poems...