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Vonnegut on Forced Equality

HT: Cafe Hayek

I’ve recommended a lot of works by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. This piece is his most prescient.

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

A fine story, appropriate to Vonnegut’s passing and the rewarding of victimization that has been going on.

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4 Comments

  1. Yay! You’re the second blogger who posted up a Vonnegut tribute. (Guess who else did?)

  2. Rick says:

    Ah, so the Borg finally assimilates everyone in 2081, eh?

  3. ^^

    And so it goes…

    *ducks flying tomatoes*

  4. Rick Ritchie says:

    Great link. Thanks for sharing this. I love satire.