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  • I took this photo yesterday as we pulled off the highway into Manhattan.
    It could be an advertisement for Rye bread, or the NYPD blues.
    Or the cover for a sinister police state where the inhabitants of Manhattan are forced to eat deli sandwiches and the supreme leader is ‘Zabar’.
    Given what the current mayor has done for nutrition awareness and anti-smoking campaigns, I am not far off.

    Which leads me to this story:

    I know a few Jane Austin fans, and I am aware of her cult status, but I had not read her writing or joined the party.
    One night, while at a hotel, on a work trip, there was a movie on the Public Broadcasting station of Jane Austin’s “Mansfeild Park,” commercial free, I was game, and we watched the program.

    I could see from the peppery character of Fanny what the appeal was for women of our era.
    “You go girl!” I almost shouted at the screen in enthusiasm at the wit and audacity of the “Tell it like it is,” and “Speaking truth to the Man,” dialogue.
    It was not just about women and their roles, but her view on slavery was very current.
    Boy, I thought, she was really a modern that Jane Austin.

    Weeks later, and after a trip to the bookstore where a pocket classic was on sale, I decided to read the original text of Jane Austin’s “Mansfeild Park.”

    The original text carried none of the modern interpretation.
    The extent to which it had been, not just been re-written, but written into, was vast and deceptive.
    Entire scenes had been fabricated for the film, by the modern re-writers, for a modern audience, to achieve a politically correct point of view.
    The character of Fanny Price had been surgically altered to become another character.
    The film was the work of another author with a the intent of re-writing history.

    Even if I agree with the sentiments expressed by a point of view, I have to call it what it is: Propaganda.

    Please trust us to read history with the good sense and wisdom of free intelligent people.
    Please do not re-write another writer’s work to reflect the flavor of the day.
    Free speech begins with free-thinking.
    Even if you are on the ‘correct’ side of an issue, putting words in the mouths of puppets is always wrong.
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