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Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 18:12:10 -0800
From: Michael Andre-Driussi 
Subject: Re: (urth) Free Live Free: Liberty Four

I should mention that a lot of inspiration for the Liberty Four came from
Mrs. Baker's comment to Robin Valor:

"But look at the way we do here.  We don't try to change the way things
are.  If one of those boys down the street steals a car, why he goes to
prison for years.  But if some rich man that's had everything a person
could want all his life steals a million dollars, the only thing that
happens is he doesn't get elected again unless he's pretty lucky.  The
comics in the paper have all these men that fight against crime.  If they
were real, they'd go and find that man and shoot him.  Maybe if we were
real, we'd do the same thing" (ch. 42, p. 284).

What Mrs. Baker is saying sounds like a call for a Chinese-style Cultural
Revolution (as opposed to the American style counter-culture revolution of
the 1960s).  But she is identifying a few details which seem to go along
with the witch's prediction, as well as the plutocratic situation that
duffle-coat describes.  Which suggested to me the idea of looking at the
four as being more like comic book heroes.



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