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World War Z

World War Z

by Max Brooks

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Quote #4

Please, are you serious? Back then the FDA was one of the most underfunded, mismanaged organizations in the country. I think they were still high-fiving over getting Red No. 2 out of M&Ms. Plus, this was one of the most business-friendly administrations in American history. (3.3.8)

Most of the time, World War Z uses zombies as a fictional device to probe the inadequacies of bureaucracy and political organizations. Here, underfunding and mismanagement are given as very realistic and plausible problems. The zombies were just the mob of rotting flesh that broke the dam.

Quote #5

Oh, c'mon. Can you ever "solve" poverty? Can you ever "solve" crime? Can you ever "solve" disease, unemployment, war, or any other societal herpes? Hell no. All you can hope for is to make them manageable enough to allow people to get on with their lives. That's not cynicism, that's maturity. (3.4.11)

Actually, that's cynicism—but it's cynicism with a point. No, a government probably can't solve these issues, but does that mean they shouldn't try? We're guessing no. We'd also like to point out that any zombie crisis can easily be solved, as long as you have enough bullets and people to shoot them.

Quote #6

I don't blame them, the government, the people who were supposed to protect us. […] No, I don't blame them for wanting to divert us, I can forgive that. But the irresponsible way they did it, the lack of vital information that would have helped so many to stay alive… that I can never forgive. (5.4.2)

Yeah, we're thinking that this is important. See, the novel isn't saying that government is a bad thing. Rather, it's critiquing certain irresponsible aspects of today's governments. The novel just happens to find a lot of these irresponsible aspects.

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