Political Humor: From Aristophanes to Sam Ervin

Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1977 - 349 頁
Presents and seeks to explain the variety of humor in democratic politics. The humor ranges from the bawdy political comedies of Aristophanes in ancient Athens to the journalistic satires of our daily newspapers, and includes the jokes and comic invective of the people and their politicians.


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The Sense of Political Humor Wherein our sensing is made sensible
Aristophanes Satirical Sage Wherein the clown becomes wise man
Socrates Sage Satyr Wherein the wise man becomes clown
Republic Divine Comedy Wherein philosophy becomes comical
Lincoln Satyr Statesman Wherein satyr serves state
Comic Sages of Common Sense Wherein sagacity clowns politically
American Politics Comic Warfare Wherein words war and make peace
Positive Negativity the Comic Political Drama Wherein nay is yea and drama mans reality

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第 171 頁 - Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
第 171 頁 - If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him?
第 180 頁 - If both factions, or neither, shall abuse you, you will probably be about right. Beware of being assailed by one and praised by the other.
第 175 頁 - As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
第 182 頁 - No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including die vitiating of his temper and the loss of self-control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.
第 143 頁 - Herewith is a little sketch, as you requested. There is not much of it, for the reason, I suppose, that there is not much of me.
第 198 頁 - I don't dispute it; but since Laws are sometimes unreasonable in themselves, and therefore repealed, and others bear too hard on the Subject in particular Circumstances; and therefore there is left a Power...