Intended for healthcare professionals


Republicans take control of Senate, though repeal of Obamacare is unlikely

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 06 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6681

A plague on both your houses (Romeo and Juliet)

Engaging but enraging, and poignant but pointless, political debate reflects the fallacy of false choices. Both sides put on a good show, but neither side truly addresses the wanton waste, fraud, and abuse endemic to government. Instead, political debates are amateurish charades and grotesque burlesque with faux foes, stagey stares, mock madness, puny punches, choreographed cliffhangers, orchestrated outcomes, and inflated incomes. If we don’t distinguish between reality and theater, we will turn our reality into a theater of the absurd.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 November 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA