Fairfax County, Virginia Does the Brecht Solution

Berthold’s Brecht’s famous poem Die Lösung* (The Solution) suggests that the government should dissolve the people and select new ones. Until now, and despite regimes like Pol Pot’s Kampuchea, I had always assumed this was so obviously sarcastic than no actual government would attempt to implement it. Looks like I was wrong. As you can see from the photo above, Fairfax County, Va has a “Citizen Disposal Facility” on (and the fittingness of this amazes me) Furnace Road.

It gets better. If you pull up the address in Google Maps, you note two interesting adjacent map elements

Yep there’s a place to get “Free Mulch”, presumably derived from the output of the “Citizen Disposal Facility”, and to get to both from Furnace Road, you have to turn down “Mordor Drive”

Normally I would disapprove, however given that Fairfax County is next to DC, presumably most of the citizens being disposed of are government bureaucrats and hence this facility is a critical part of the Trump “Drain the Swamp” campaign. In which case I can only say Carry on!

* The Brecht poem:

Nach dem Aufstand des 17. Juni
Ließ der Sekretär des Schriftstellerverbands
In der Stalinallee Flugblätter verteilen
Auf denen zu lesen war, daß das Volk
Das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt habe
Und es nur durch verdoppelte Arbeit
zurückerobern könne. Wäre es da
Nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung
Löste das Volk auf und
Wählte ein anderes?

After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers’ Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

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Francis Turner

Francis Turner has blogged intermittently at various places as "The Shadow of the Olive Tree" or "L'Ombre d'Olivier" for most of the last two decades. As an expat Englishman, he has lived and worked in numerous countries before finally (perhaps) coming to settle down in rural Western Japan.

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