Equality can be Fun (or at least humorous)

Kurt Vonnegut’s 1961 short story “Harrison Bergeron” is a dystopian narrative about a future world where everyone is equal. It is the take-off point for Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens’s own dystopian version of a State of the Union Message that a future President might give in 2019, a lot sooner than Vonnegut’s 2081.

Both are worth a read, particularly for those appreciative of dark humor, and for Stephens’s TIC prediction as to who is President in 2019.

See SOTU-2019 for the Stephens article.

Although copyrighted “Harrison Bergeron” is available at a number of places in the Internet by just entering the title. Apparently, schools use it as a teaching tool, possibly because it is short enough for today’s student’s attention span. One site is here.

Also, there was a 1995 cable TV production that seems to have escaped much notice.


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