Deus ex machina

deborah deborah.dwj at
Tue Dec 21 09:20:33 EST 2004

On Tue, 21 Dec 2004, Charles Butler wrote:

|A while ago we had a brief discussion of Anscher's appearance as d ex m, and
|whether that was ironic on DWJ's part or not. I don't remember it coming up
|otherwise (at least in my time).

Because he's a really nice parody, to my reading, of Aldur in the
Belgariad?  :)

The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should
therefore be hushed.  A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could
hardly be propagated.  If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to
declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny ...  In war,
then, as in peace, assert the freedom of speech and of the press.
Cling to this as the bulwark of all our rights and privileges.
                -- William Ellery Channing

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