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Move Over John Galt, I Am Harrison Bergeron

The Year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

That is how the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr starts. You would think Ayn Rand wrote this story, but she didn’t. But as good as the short story is, the short movie 2081 is so much better:

Move over John Galt: I will not be handicapped. I will be extraordinary. I am Harrison Bergeron.

I think it is well worth the $2 to watch the full movie at least once. Then if you like it, I suggest you buy the DVD and support the filmmakers. These people did a great job. I will even call them extraordinary!

[Cross-Posted On Practical State.com]

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