… "the wise lord Hassan preserved his people and his cult by bringing the art of assassination to esthetic perfection. With just a few daggers strategically placed in the right throats, he found Wisdom's alternative to war, and preserved the peoples by killing their leaders. Truly, his was a most exemplary life of grandmotherly kindness."
I'd never have read that passage if not for Ray Bradbury, who introduced me to science fiction and made me a lifelong fan.
Sometimes science fiction, at its best, has said things to a mass audience that could not be said in respectable books and periodicals.
So I found it interesting to read that Bradbury, the last of SF's three grand old men, believes that America is ripe for revolution. Only I don't believe he means it as metaphor. I quote the passage above in hopes that the revolution, when it comes, won't be too bloody.
Thanks to TJIC, who appreciates a good science fiction reference as much as I do, for the pointer.