Elderly Rubbish

auden 1969 The Independent

Auden 1969. The Independent.

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;

(W. H. Auden, “September 1, 1939”)

Do dictators skew elderly?

In 1939: Stalin 61; Mussolini 56; Hitler 50; Franco 47.

In 2019: Duterte 74; Trump 73; Kaczynski 70; Netanyahu 70; Putin 67; Erdogan 65; Bolsonaro 64; Maduro 56; Orban 56; Farage 55; Johnson 55.

Tentative affirmative.

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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