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Friday, July 21, 2006

ONE VS MOB

Here's my IF submission for this week. Theme: Opposites.

The group exists to protect the individual. You see, he could fall asleep and be late for an appointment. He cannot be trusted with "personal responsibility," therefore great power needs to be centralized to protect him from himself.

'There ought to be a LAW!' cries the mob. The politician agrees. If they let him lie under the tree, he might get the notion that he owns his body. He might do things with his body that the mob finds distasteful. If he daydreams, he might get the notion he owns his mind. He might think thoughts the mob finds distasteful. If he saves his money by napping instead of spending, he might get the notion he owns his money. He might spend it on things the mob finds distasteful (or on products they themselves are not selling). Behaving in a way the mob finds distasteful is very dangerous to the individual. Hence, he needs to be protected from himself. That's what the bombs are for.

Inspired by F.A. Hayek's The Road To Serfdom

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10 comments:

JohnneeCurtis said...

Interesting idea, and great excution. I'm glad you added the story along with it to allow people to see the sorce.

harmoniousjosh said...

Thanks. I like your pics from the train - brings back memories.

katat0nik (JaneKL) said...

Nice concept, I like reading the stories behind your work :)

Jana Bouc said...

Fun drawing and interesting story!

P:Art said...

Love the illustration and the story - they are opposites as well...actual image and conceptual image. Nice!

Count Skogg said...

Cool concept! The whole mob thing really scares me - but maybe we need a brainwashed mob to help cement our unique identities and react to their blandness...

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