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On the Rocks

On the Rocks

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Title: On the RocksAuthor: George Bernard Shaw* A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook *eBook No.: 0300561.txtLanguage: EnglishDate first posted: March 2003Date most recently updated: March 2003This eBook was produced by: Don Lainson dlainson@sympatico.caProject Gutenberg of Australia eBooks are created from printed editionswhich are in the public domain in Australia, unless a copyright noticeis included. We do NOT keep any eBooks in compliance with a particularpaper edition.Copyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check thecopyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributingthisfile.This eBook is made available at no cost and with almost no restrictionswhatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the termsof the Project Gutenberg of Australia License which may be viewedonline athttp://gutenberg.net.au/licence.htmlTo contact Project Gutenberg of Australia go to http://gutenberg.net.au--------------------------------------------------------------------------A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBookTitle: On the RocksAuthor: George Bernard ShawON THE ROCKS:A POLITICAL COMEDY
CONTENTSPrefaceON THE ROCKSPeriod--The Present.ACT I. The Cabinet Room at No. 10 Downing Street, London, S.W.1.July.ACT II. The Same. 10 November, 9.30 a.m.Shaw Answers Some QuestionsPrefaceContentsExterminationKilling as a Political FunctionThe Sacredness of Human LifePresent ExterminationsPrevious Attempts miss the PointKing Charles's HeadRight to Exterminate conferred by Private PropertyDisguises under which Private Extermination operatesPrivate Powers of Life and DeathCruelty's ExcusesLeading Case of Jesus Christ"Crosstianity"Christianity and the Sixth CommandmentThe Russian ExperimentInadequacy of Penal CodesLimited Liability in MoralsNatural Limit to Extermination
Incompatibility of Peasantry with Modern CivilizationA Peasant Victory is a Victory for Private PropertyPreventive Extermination: its DifficultiesTemperamental DifficultiesImportance of Laziness for FallowingStandard Religion IndispensableEclectic ReligionsImportance of Free ThoughtToleration Mostly IllusoryLeading Cases: Socrates and JesusThe Case of GalileoFigment of the Selfregarding ActionIncompleteness of the Great TrialsA Modern Passion Play ImpossibleDifference Between Reader and SpectatorThe Sacredness of CriticismEXTERMINATIONIn this play a reference is made by a Chief of Police to thepolitical necessity for killing people: a necessity so distressingto the statesmen and so terrifying to the common citizen thatnobody except myself (as far as I know) has ventured to examine itdirectly on its own merits, although every Government is obliged topractise it on a scale varying from the execution of a singlemurderer to the slaughter of millions of quite innocent persons.Whilst assenting to these proceedings, and even acclaiming andcelebrating them, we dare not tell ourselves what we are doingor why we are doing it; and so we call it justice or capitalpunishment or our duty to king and country or any other convenientverbal whitewash for what we instinctively recoil from as from adirty job. These childish evasions are revolting. We must stripoff the whitewash and find out what is really beneath it.Extermination must be put on a scientific basis if it is ever to becarried out humanely and apologetically as well as thoroughly.KILLING AS A POLITICAL FUNCTION

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