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Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Timeliness Of Dickens

Dec 26th, 2010

I noted the depressing similarity between Scrooge's pre-ghostly opinions and those of contemporary supporters of "tough love" and "austerity" for the poor during my annual viewing of the delightful 1938 Joseph Mankiewicz production of Dickens' 
"A Christmas Carol." I was not alone. 

John Nichols writes over at Common Dreams:

"Ultimately an optimist, Dickens imagined that spirited prodding from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future would change Scrooge -- just as there are those today who imagine that a bit more enlightenment might cause even the most rigid Republican to reconsider his disdain for the unemployed, the underemployed and the never employed."

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