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  •  Power admits no challenge (5+ / 0-)

    I'm currently reading Measure for Measure, which is one of Shakespeare's most troubling "problem" plays. We can buy the comedy in it, if we want, and buy the comedic ending, but, like Merchant of Venice, it puts authority, law, liberty, "license," and mercy on trial, and hardly a word of Shakespeare's indictment/trial of power has lost its truth.

    Angelo, the minister of the law, keeps saying that it doesn't matter if what he's doing is unfair: it's the law, and the real reason is the wonderful public order that will result from the future learning to fear the law.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 01:03:05 PM PST

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    •  same as valjean in les misrables, took me (2+ / 0-)

      almost a lifetime to realize how many people still think this way.

    •  This never-ending road to Calvary. (0+ / 0-)

      Let's redo it set in FL with all black cast. Except for the law, of course.

      Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 03:54:34 PM PST

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      •  Anatole France (1+ / 0-)
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        "The law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as much as the poor from stealing bread and sleeping under bridges."

        Or Shenstone, the legal writer: Law is a sort of net where the large and the small both swim through and only the middle sort are caught.

        "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

        by The Geogre on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 06:40:06 PM PST

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