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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 22, 1988 - Page 11

;Thompson: 'If George is the next
president, I am the next Phillip Nolan'

a Generation of Swine
By Hunter S. Thompson
Summit Books
$18.95/hardcover
"Fallen, fallen is Babylon the
great! It has become a dwelling place
of demons, a haunt of every foul
spirit, a haunt of every foul and
hateful bird" - Revelations
"I have been whipping on George
Bush for two years, calling him
everything from a criminal whore to
a shit-eating dog, and I am not about
to stop now. He has the instincts of
a dung beetle ... If George is the
next president, I am the next Phillip
Nolan. Bush is a crook and a
pompous yuppie thug, and I have
done everything in my power to see
that he spends the next four years in
federal prison instead of in the White
House." - Hunter Stockton
Thompson
STATE OF THE
ART
Hunter S. Thompson is a fucking
dude. As an uncompromising and
perceptive chronicler of our times,
lie is unrivalled. A genuinely mam-
,moth personality, there is no other
:writer I can depend on more to fight
*the the plague of gutless, lifeless
ournalism in America. At a time
when a total sycophantic whore like
George Herbert Walker Bush might
actually become president (And this
iafter eight years of bumbling as
,Reagan's pissboy!!), America needs

the incomparable and scathing wit
and wisdom of Hunter Thompson.
Thankfully, a new tome of
Thompson's writings is available
now. Just in time to awaken a few
people to the true nature of Amer-
ican politics in the late '80s, A.
Generation of Swine is an an-
thology of pieces that Thompson
has been writing for the San
Francisco Examiner since late 1985.
Ostensibly a media and political
analyst, Thompson is really a social
critic extraordinaire. From Hell's
Angels to Fear and Loathing: On
the Campaign Trail '72 to
Generation of Swine, Thompson has
exhibited an undying appreciation for
all that is good, and unsparing,
virulent criticism for all that is evil.
In Generation of Swine, Thompson
reports time and again on the surreal
evil that has taken over America,
leaving us a country bereft of leaders
with morals, principles, and decency.
The few leaders Thompson re-
spects have been shamed out of the
national arena for apolitical sins.
Gary Hart and Edward Kennedy are
history because of their sexploits.
Pat Schroeder and Jesse Jackson
prove that sexism and racism are
still omnipresent forces in American
politics. And principled candidates
everywhere are losing elections to
P.A.C. sucking incumbents. What
we're left with, therefore, are hacks
- spineless cretins whose only
talent is talking loud and saying
nothing.
When Thompson looks at what a
government made up of these bug-
gers does, he is outraged. Where does
an administration get off saying that
if I want to have wild orgiastic
sodomy, do multiple bong hits with

beer chasers on my bedroom, or just
masturbate frantically while watch-
ing a Traci Lords flick, that I could
go to jail? The government should
make sure cars are safe, the poor
don't go hungry, the water is clean,
etc. The role of American govern-
ment is NOT selling bombs and
missiles to Iran, sponsoring armies
in and around Central America, or
treading on civil liberties.
Predictably, most liberal and con-
servative pundits dismiss Thompson
as a raving, irresponsible madman.
These establishment writers are as
much a part of the problem as is the
government because they have al-
lowed the government to act as it
has. To this sordid lot, Hunter
Thompson is a disgrace to the fine
trade of journalism.
The people who "teach"
journalism, and many journalists
themselves, constantly babble on
about "Objectivity." They say, "you
must tell both sides of the story."
Well, the truth is that objectivity is
nothing but an excuse for gut-
lessness. If writers are too stupid to
know the difference between truth
and lies they should go into
advertising or public relations. Fat,
lazy, and complacent journalistic
hacks should be killed immediately
so as to spare us all the embar-
rassment of smearing our hands with
their lifeless, pathetic drivel.
True, there won't be too many
writers left after this apocalypse. But
Hunter Thompson, Jack Germond,
Jack Newfield, P.J. O'Rourke, and
Mike Royko... they and a few others
will still be around. What more do
we need, besides TRUTH? Res ipsa
locquitor. Let the good times roll.

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gibberish - a product of the
demented imagination of a drunken
hillbilly with a heart full of hate
who has found a way to live out
there where the REAL winds blow
- to sleep late, have fun, get wild,
drink whiskey, and drive fast on
empty streets with nothing in mind
except falling in love and not getting
arrested." - HST
-Brian Berger
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