Friday, September 01, 2006

Required reading...

If you read nothing else this week, read this column from MLQ3.

The poor have always been called criminal by the rich, even though all the poor are trying to do is survive; but when the middle class and the rich either abandon, or are stripped, of all pretenses to public and private decency, you have a truly dangerous situation. No one is left with any moral authority over anyone else; what once served to keep everything cozy and looking good, proves as rotten and corrupt as those once considered moral, political, and social inferiors. So who has any incentive to worship anything except power and wealth? Why should anyone help or believe anyone else?


Blogger Scorpy said...

Isn't this the premise of the movie 'Trading places'?

6:52 am  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

Scorpy....unfortunately I can't answer that...having never seen the movie!!!

7:08 am  
Blogger Thingfish said...

And we all thought you were a movie buff. Trading Places was a superb movie. Dan Ackroyd, Eddie Murphy and Denholm Elliot all on top form, and Jamie Lee Curtis topless. And some great dialogue. What more could anyone want from a film?

3:40 am  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

To be honest I'm not really a movie buff...I came to movie watching fairly late in life...i.e. only in the past 5 or 6 years...before that going to the cinema was probably a once every six months event...and I dont have the self discipline to sit at home and watch a whole movie...I end up doing other stuff or giving up half way through!!

However based on your recommendation...(although, Jamie Lee Curtis topless really is not my idea of a good time!!)I'll give Trading Places a shot.

8:01 am  
Blogger Thingfish said...

I'm overselling somewhat - it's one of my favourite movies, but it has dated a bit. And JLC raises her hands to cover her assets, so the extent she goes 'topless' is mainly in the imagination of the viewer.

12:57 am  

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