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November 14th 2010    Tim Candler

    Came as a surprise to discover Ayn Rand and Salman Rushdie in a high school English program here in the USA.   Probably ridiculous of me to wonder why Plato isn't there, because Plato is not literature. 

    Haroun, the Rushdie children's story, reflects a Man of Gold about the business of confronting the corruptions of power and perhaps the corruption of ideas in an allegory Tolkien might have envied.  And Anthem, is an understanding of mankind as potentially wonderful in every respect until the powerful start telling us how to behave.   

    Perhaps I have over simplified so better perhaps to think of them as writers who have written words many have read, many have accepted, many have criticized, and many have been angered by.  So it makes perfect sense to insist young people read a while then join the party of words.

     And as everyone knows, with young people, they need to be entertained and they need to be told what to do, otherwise they hang around street corners where soon they discover that obedience is over rated.  Better they think of life as a journey, full of adventure and driven by the disciplines of hunger and greed. 

    Otherwise we  might actually have freedom and nobody in their right mind wants that.

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