A race of heroes

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Can you believe this? He’s going to remain a cabinet minister and at the same time be mayor.”

Which days do we get?” Brunetti asked. “Monday, Wednesday, and Friday? And the government in Rome gets Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday?” He took a sip and said, “Any sane person would think this an insult, both to the nation and to the city.”

She shrugged. “Didn’t the last one keep his job in Brussels and his university teaching job?” she asked.

We are ruled by a race of heroes,” Brunetti declared, reaching to open the refrigerator.

And one of Australia’s many heroes – currently a professor at Macquarie University; the chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, an international climate change awareness group; a member of the World Future Council; the Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability, Macquarie University; an actor; a climate forecaster; a future reader and the Chief Commissioner of the Climate Commission . All that he manages between making advertisements for Toyota, Panasonic and Carbon Tax and the environmental “documentaries” for the Government propaganda TV Channel, ABC. He is none other than Timothy Fridtjof Flannery, whose name the future generations (if any) of Australians will undoubtedly not forget easily.

Do you think drinking the whole bottle quickly will make them all go away?” she asked, emptying her glass and holding it out.

He poured, waited, poured, then said, “Only for a while, and then they’ll all come back, like cockroaches, but we’ll at least be able to look at them through the bubbles of champagne.”

In quite a conversational voice, she asked, “Do you think there are any people on earth who despise their politicians as much as we do?” (Donna Leon – Drawing Conclusions / William Heinemann 2011)

 I can think of many peoples despising their politicians and “scientists” almost as much.


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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3 Responses to A race of heroes

  1. rentoidal says:

    Flannery has more ‘jobs’ than that. He got on the bandwagon at the right time and is laughing at the dupes, while to strolls to the bank.

  2. Anastia says:

    I just want to say I like it and thanks. flanneries are despicable.

  3. Dyane says:

    After Julia’s performance this is more true than ever.

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