Major Dad 1984

Cursed By A Classical Education

Let's just say that I intend to use this blog to blow off some steam that I might be feeling with the International/National media, my work situation, or maybe even to tee off on the family in a humorous way of course!


The British - Research through Classic Films

This one got a little long... As you all come out of your turkey and dressing induced comas...I recommend enjoying some decadent, lavish American entertainment through the magic of the DVD. It doesn't even have to be an American film. You never know, you might learn something. I'm learning something as we speak...from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It's a lesson in "liberal-speak" and some insights into one of my worthy blogosphere's some dialogue that got me thinking... (for complete Monty Python here)

ARTHUR: Old woman!


ARTHUR: Man. Sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there?

DENNIS: I'm thirty-seven.

ARTHUR: I-- what?

DENNIS: I'm thirty-seven. I'm not old.

ARTHUR: Well, I can't just call you 'Man'.

DENNIS: Well, you could say 'Dennis'.

ARTHUR: Well, I didn't know you were called 'Dennis'.

DENNIS: Well, you didn't bother to find out, did you?

ARTHUR: I did say 'sorry' about the 'old woman', but from the behind you looked--

DENNIS: What I object to is that you automatically treat me like an inferior!

ARTHUR: Well, I am King!

DENNIS: Oh, King, eh, very nice. And how d'you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers! By 'anging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society. If there's ever going to be any progress with the--

WOMAN: Dennis, there's some lovely filth down here. Oh! How d'you do?

ARTHUR: How do you do, good lady? I am Arthur, King of the Britons. Whose castle is that?

WOMAN: King of the who?

ARTHUR: The Britons.

WOMAN: Who are the Britons?

ARTHUR: Well, we all are. We are all Britons, and I am your king.

WOMAN: I didn't know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.

DENNIS: You're fooling yourself. We're living in a dictatorship: a self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--

WOMAN: Oh, there you go bringing class into it again.

DENNIS: That's what it's all about. If only people would hear of--

ARTHUR: Please! Please, good people. I am in haste. Who lives in that castle?

WOMAN: No one lives there.

ARTHUR: Then who is your lord?

WOMAN: We don't have a lord.


DENNIS: I told you. We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week,...


DENNIS: ...but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting...

ARTHUR: Yes, I see.

DENNIS: a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs,...

ARTHUR: Be quiet!

DENNIS: ...but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more major--

ARTHUR: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!

WOMAN: Order, eh? Who does he think he is? Heh.

ARTHUR: I am your king!

WOMAN: Well, I didn't vote for you.

ARTHUR: You don't vote for kings.

WOMAN: Well, how did you become King, then?

ARTHUR: The Lady of the Lake,...

[angels sing]

...her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to

carry Excalibur.

[singing stops]

That is why I am your king!

DENNIS: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

ARTHUR: Be quiet!

DENNIS: Well, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

ARTHUR: Shut up!

DENNIS: I mean, if I went 'round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!

ARTHUR: Shut up, will you? Shut up!

DENNIS: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

ARTHUR: Shut up!

DENNIS: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I'm being repressed!

ARTHUR: Bloody peasant!

DENNIS: Oh, what a give-away. Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That's what I'm on about. Did you see him repressing me? You saw it, didn't you? who might this be? There might be more than one correct answer....

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend...and by all means, don't buy anything. (Bah hah...I crack myself up.)

See y'all on the high ground....


Read the rest of the longer story!


At 9:12 AM, Blogger DagneyT said...

This narrative reminded me of numerous conversations I've had with liberals! It drives them mad when you keep your voice low, as they incrementally raise theirs to match their level of frustration, each time you dissect their point, and add logic! Quite funny. You can't argue with an logically-disarmed lib!

At 3:50 AM, Blogger the urban fox said...

That's a satire on Marxism, not liberalism.

The liberal version would be more like:

ARTHUR: "I am your king. Whose castle is that?"

DENNIS: "That's the Nicaraguan embassy. Why, are you planning to oppress a third world population to line your rich friends' pockets with land and resources, while mounting a cynical propaganda campaign on your own people to stifle dissent?"


At 7:45 AM, Blogger Jenni said...


I think you are wrong to characterize liberalism as illogical or unable to handle conservative logic added to the debate. It may not be your belief, but just because you have a different paradigm of how you view the world doesn't mean that people with a different view can't deal with logic. It's this kind of labeling that is dividing the U.S.

You may or may not have heard that at the opening of the Clinton library, Clinton said this: "America has two great dominant strands of political thought -- we're represented up here on this stage -- conservatism, which, at its very best, draws lines that should not be crossed; and progressivism, which, at its very best, breaks down barrier that are no longer needed or should never have been erected in the first place"

Both conservatives and liberals bring value and logic to the debate. And its important to respect and value that diversity of opinion, even while you disagree with what the other side is saying. I'll step off my soapbox now...

At 11:56 AM, Blogger SwissToni said...

that's a bloody funny film though, isn't it?


At 11:11 AM, Blogger KurtP said...

But,,,,, y'all forgot to mention HALBURTEN.


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