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The headline "Occupy the Jungle" would help draw today's readers into a review with comments about the 100 year old novel.

 

When "The Jungle" was published it spurred President Theodore Roosevelt into action and another of its effects, according to the Introduction by Maura Spiegel, "was shinning a bright light on the ever-darkening realms of child labor, prisons, insurance companies, and foremost, American enterprise and its role in the creation of a new American class of impoverished industrial wage slaves."   Isn't the pendulum swinging back towards the sanctioning of child labor once again?

 

Some Republicans are hinting that such a move could benefit the United States in two ways:   it would eliminate the need to spend tax dollars on school improvements and it would provide families with extra income.

 

Could Mitt Romney use Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" to assert that he will fight to reestablish the sacred American tradition of exploiting poor workers to help him get himself get elected as President?  

 

Earlier in the week, the columnist had bought a copy of "Gödel, Escher, Bach:   An Eternal Golden Braid," and learned about the concept of "Strange Loops."   According to the Author, Douglas R. Hofstadter:   "The "Strange Loop' phenomenon occurs whenever, by moving upwards (or downwards) through the levels of some hierarchical system, we unexpectedly find ourselves right back where we started."

 

If the Occupy Movement is fighting the same injustices that caused Upton Sinclair to write his best selling rant more than a hundred years ago, does that mean it is time for Hofstadter to revise his book with more examples of contemporary culture's modern flashbacks to the past?

 

Hofstadter maintains that many of M. C. Escher's most famous drawings are images that embody the Strange Loop concept.

 

Would it surprise Hofstadter if the Republicans select JEB Bush as their Presidential candidate or would he merely shrug it off saying that it was just another example of the Strange Loop?

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