Tuesday, January 31, 2006
There's One Man, And He Votes
Crooked Timber has a discussion about the politics of Terry Pratchett here. It's a while since I read any Pratchett, so I don't really feel in a position to give some kind of extended analysis of the moral universe of the Discworld. I will say, however, that my memory of the Discworld novels is that they are motivated by a very strong sense of the absurd which works to undermine more or less anything as basically pretentious as conscious political posturing. That would kind of align with a sub-type of conservatism which is cynical about both the effects of accumulation of power and attempts to do anything about them, that looks at the world and says it is what it is, and trying to change it is at least as laughable as an apologia for it. As I say though, it's a long time since I read any Pratchett, so it's entirely possible I'm totally misremembering.