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Independence IV

After man was thrown out of paradise
he invented Government and bureaucracy
and an inappropriate amount of police and military
to protect the Government and to export its philosophy.

But the citizens didn't like these protectors and their philosophy.
So they made a lot of trouble.

Then the Government came up with an excellent idea:

CARDBOARD !!! CARDBOARD !!!!

And with the help of cardboard: CARDBOARD CITIZENS !!!

Cardboard Citizens are well suited for *all* political purposes.

Cardboard rights of Cardboard Citizens can be violated any time.
Cardboard freedoms of Cardboard Citizens can be fenced in behind walls.
Cardboard countries of Cardboard Citizens can be occupied
without any international complaints.

Cardboard Sons of Cardboard Citizens, who protest the occupation, can be jailed for the rest of their young lives and their Cardboard Relatives can be bulldozed or shot, again without any international complaints.

But.

One day the world remembers its Cardboard Citizens --- and the world rises up against the Occupier --- and the Cardboard Citizens throw away their Cardboard Citizenships and the world stops the Occupier.

And the world stops occupying.

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:Peter Schumann, Part Four from his puppet play "Independence" (c) 2006 // written and presented in a workshop in Beit Sahour [near Bethlehem]

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