Magazine October 5, 2020, Issue

Hamlet and Oedipus Meet the Zombies

The shuttered Richard Rodgers Theatre after the Broadway League said theaters will remain closed through January, 2021 (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Revolutions begin with mutual discovery of the ideologues and the Jacobins: the first happy to have come upon compatible souls, the second to have found dupes.

On accession to power, the ideologues become apparatchiks, thrilled with their ability to control events. This brief phase culminates with their murder by their former partners.

The ideologues, in their brief illusion of authority, are happy to invent new names for themselves (Citizen, Comrade), and for every other thing under the sun (his-her-ze-they-them); they are let free to run through the big-box store of culture, effacing and changing the labels, that is, controlling speech.

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