Friday, April 27, 2012

Kingly Wisdom

One of the defining characteristics of great literature is that it remains relevant decades, even centuries after it was written.  I just started rereading Stephen King's dark fantasy "The Eyes of the Dragon" (published 25 years ago), and ran across this little tidbit that made me sit up and say "DAMN!"  It's a line spoken by Flagg (villain of the story, as well as many of King's other masterworks), advising a young and unprepared king of the realm on fiscal policy:

"We must tax [the farmers] more on what they admit they own, so we can collect at least some of what's due us on all they hide from the tax collector."
The perfect credo for the Occupy movement and Buffett Rule enthusiasts everywhere, out of the mouth of a character who represents basically Satan himself.  Well put, Mr. King, well put.