2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0966  Monday, 8 April 2002

From:           Martin Steward <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 5 Apr 2002 17:02:56 +0100
Subject:        Beating Systems

Don Bloom wrote: "He [that is me, MS] implies that it is (or may be)
virtuous (or something) to beat a system because a system is innately
evil. If we are in agreement about 'beating a system' as meaning 'to use
some combination of unscrupulous, deceitful, dishonest, or callous means
to obtain rewards you haven't earned,' how could the evil of the system
turn the evil of the means into virtue?"

I agree with everything Don Bloom wrote in response to my light-hearted
attack against "systems" except his concept of "rewards you haven't
earned".  Is it possible to get rewards you haven't earned? Isn't the
suggestion blasphemous, in some sense?

And I guess that is the crux of the matter. Think about poor old Edmund
in KL. I'm throwing my lot in with the bastards.

m

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