Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Margaret Atwood slams Harper


"Every budding dictatorship begins by muzzling the artists, because they're a mouthy lot and they don't line up and salute very easily. Of course, you can always get some tame artists to design the uniforms and flags and the documentary about you, and so forth - the only kind of art you might need - but individual voices must be silenced, because there shall be only One Voice: Our Master's Voice. Maybe that's why Mr. Harper began by shutting down funding for our artists abroad. He didn't like the competition for media space."

and ...

"Mr. Harper's idea of an ordinary person is that of an envious hater without a scrap of artistic talent or creativity or curiosity, and no appreciation for anything that's attractive or beautiful,"

I look forward to reading this: Atwood on the Election


Anonymous said...


That was pretty much the most eloquently written slam of Harper that I've seen this election. Of course it now makes sense why Harpie wants to reduce funding.....

Margaret Atwood is to Harper as a bucket of water is to the Wicked Witch of the East.


Cardinal Pole said...

"Every budding dictatorship begins by muzzling the artists"

Wow, so Mr. Harper has despatched squads of goons to shut down all dissenting artists?

Oh, wait, he's just cut funding to overseas-based artists. False alarm.

MgS said...

Cardinal Pole:

You clearly have no clue what you are talking about here.

Cardinal Pole said...

"You clearly have no clue what you are talking about here."

I was trying to be facetious, but presumably your partisanship has blinded you to this.

MgS said...

If that was an attempt at humour, it missed - badly.