WEFOUNDClassic Politics: Contemporary Politicians Read from the Political Classics


Spoilers for the Bioshock series follow. Really nasty, in-depth, throwing 'em around like it's a spoiler party spoilers. You've been warned.

"A man chooses, a slave obeys." This is the phrase uttered to you by libertarian Andrew Ryan before he asks you to kill him at the end of Irrational Games' BioShock . The protagonist, a mind-controlled sleeper agent, only needs to hear the phrase "would you kindly" to beat Ryan to death with a golf club.

Bioshock's best-remembered line is also proof of its biggest failings, and by extension, one of the biggest failings in modern video games: it tells you rather than showing you. Ryan doesn't need to tell you that a man chooses and a slave obeys, because he's just explained that you're his son, and that you'll obey any request prefaced with "would you kindly". Saying you're a slave at this point, is overstating the point.

Spoilers for the Bioshock series follow. Really nasty, in-depth, throwing 'em around like it's a spoiler party spoilers. You've been warned.

"A man chooses, a slave obeys." This is the phrase uttered to you by libertarian Andrew Ryan before he asks you to kill him at the end of Irrational Games' BioShock . The protagonist, a mind-controlled sleeper agent, only needs to hear the phrase "would you kindly" to beat Ryan to death with a golf club.

Bioshock's best-remembered line is also proof of its biggest failings, and by extension, one of the biggest failings in modern video games: it tells you rather than showing you. Ryan doesn't need to tell you that a man chooses and a slave obeys, because he's just explained that you're his son, and that you'll obey any request prefaced with "would you kindly". Saying you're a slave at this point, is overstating the point.

Hyderabad, Jan 30: BJP on Saturday slammed Rahul Gandhi's second visit to the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) campus in as many weeks over the suicide of a Dalit scholar, charging him and the Congress with politicising the issue and dubbing the visit as "classic politics of vulturisation".

"Rahul Gandhi and Congress are so politically bankrupt and unemployed that he has to politicise tragic death of a student repeatedly," Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said.

"Why is Rahul Gandhi not in Chennai, where three girls' committed suicide almost a week ago," he asked. "His desperate attempt to earn some petty political expediency, has brought him back to HCU campus. This is classic politics of vulturisation," Rao said.

Spoilers for the Bioshock series follow. Really nasty, in-depth, throwing 'em around like it's a spoiler party spoilers. You've been warned.

"A man chooses, a slave obeys." This is the phrase uttered to you by libertarian Andrew Ryan before he asks you to kill him at the end of Irrational Games' BioShock . The protagonist, a mind-controlled sleeper agent, only needs to hear the phrase "would you kindly" to beat Ryan to death with a golf club.

Bioshock's best-remembered line is also proof of its biggest failings, and by extension, one of the biggest failings in modern video games: it tells you rather than showing you. Ryan doesn't need to tell you that a man chooses and a slave obeys, because he's just explained that you're his son, and that you'll obey any request prefaced with "would you kindly". Saying you're a slave at this point, is overstating the point.

Hyderabad, Jan 30: BJP on Saturday slammed Rahul Gandhi's second visit to the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) campus in as many weeks over the suicide of a Dalit scholar, charging him and the Congress with politicising the issue and dubbing the visit as "classic politics of vulturisation".

"Rahul Gandhi and Congress are so politically bankrupt and unemployed that he has to politicise tragic death of a student repeatedly," Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said.

"Why is Rahul Gandhi not in Chennai, where three girls' committed suicide almost a week ago," he asked. "His desperate attempt to earn some petty political expediency, has brought him back to HCU campus. This is classic politics of vulturisation," Rao said.

The Great Hall at ANU has a slightly churchlike atmosphere and on Monday night this week the policy wonks of Australia and environs gathered over dinner to make a collective prayer for good policy, and even a good policy discussion.

Two of our wonkier politicians – Labor's Chris Bowen and the Coalition's Arthur Sinodinos – were warned they would have to contribute to a swear jar if they mentioned any campaign slogans during a conversation about the constraints on getting things done in government and parliament.

The good news is that, even in the heat of an election campaign, the conversation was actually able to be had. The bad news is that it made the contrast with where the mainstream federal election campaign was going all the more stark and depressing.


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