Totally agree with you that it's one of Vonnegut's worst books. (I once started a thread on Abuzz, asking for someone to please explain to me why the title is Slapstick
and why the dedication is to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy with a cartoon of the two zanies as a frontispiece illustration. Book is no more humrous or slapstick-y than anything else Vonnegut has written.) But it's not one of his worst books for the reasons you indicate. No, no, he's not touting anarchy or libertarianism. Society has totally broken down in the novel. Air traffic controlllers? There's no air traffic to control. Subsistence farming is the major means of livelihood in such places as Manhattan (where most of the plot unravels).
I'm not sure I understand this book at all but it sure ain't proposing abolition of government.
I think the great thing about the cartoon -- and the political view it mirrors -- is that it illustrates so well the widespread disillusion, frustration and despair that people now have in regard to the current two-pparty system. We are at a point where it really, really
seems to make no difference any more as to which party is in power or who wins or loses an election. Politicans are seen (usually rightly) as scum. They do not represent us, the peole. It doesn't matter whether the party is Dem. or GOP.
Oh, I'll vote, as I usually do. And I'll vote for Obama only because he seems to be the lesser of two evils. But I'll be wondering, somewhere in the back of my mind, why I'm doing this. Why continue this exercise in futility? Nothing whatever of any significance is going to change. Never has, never will. It is EXACTLY like having thatfootball pulled out from under you year after year after year. I'm begining to believe that those of us who do vote often do it (1) out of forces of habit and/or (2) to salve our consciences that we're actually doing
something. I doubt that we are.
Lustig (but not so merry today)Andrei