October 5th, 2013

autumn-snoopy

The Things You Learn From Mystery Novels

At the risk of exciting someone to calling Godwin's Law on me, I've been reading a lot of English mysteries -- i.e. set in England and taking place between 1900 and WW II. Currently I am reading Jacqueline Winspear's A Lesson In Secrets, and found this on page 212:
"-- mind you, the corridors of power are littered with Fascist leanings; anything to save the upper classes through disenfranchisement of the common man while allowing the common man to think you're on his side."

Hmmm... sounds distressingly familiar. Of course this is a character who is an academic voicing a concern which, while rooted in history, was written by a modern writer.

But for me, it provides some perspective.

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