Thank you for all your comments about this month's Tale for Our Time. In tonight's penultimate episode of The Fixed Period, the toppled President Neverbend is sailing for England, and looking forward to preaching the virtues of state-mandated euthanasia in the imperial metropolis:
"The good of the commonwealth,—and his own,—requires that, beyond a certain age, he shall not be allowed to exist. He does not work, and he cannot enjoy living. He wastes more than his share of the necessaries of life, and becomes, on the aggregate, an intolerable burden. Read Shakespeare's description of man in his last stage—
'Second childishness, and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything;'
and the stage before is merely that of the 'lean and slippered pantaloon.' For his own sake, would you not save mankind from having to encounter such miseries as these?"
"You can't do it, Mr President."
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