Sunday, January 20, 2019


I watched a bit of Rudy Giuliani’s performance on CNN this morning and thought again of how much he reminds me of a Shakespearean fool. The Shakespearean fool serves a king. Giuliani serves a would-be king. The Shakespearean fool speaks whatever comes into his head. Giuliani — yes, the same.

The great difference: the Shakespearean fool speaks truth to power. He speaks wisdom in the form of deeply sensical nonsense. Giuliani speaks mere nonsense, a fast-paced double-talk whose purpose is to befuddle. He’s really no Shakespearean fool at all, though he does play a fool on TV.

comments: 5

Frex said...

Came across this quote today, MLK Day, and thought of your post here.

"Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools."
-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

Michael Leddy said...

That’s truth, I think. It reminds me of the line in Auden’s “September 1, 1939” (later borrowed by LBJ): “We must love one another or die.”

Frex said...

LBJ used that?!!? Wow... I did not know that.

Michael Leddy said...

It’s in the daisy commercial, slightly altered.

Fresca said...

Oh, thanks. That ad is surreal--as if it's a spoof, like something out of Dr Strangelove.