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Li’l Abner

February 1, 2012

Li’l Abner was the most popular and perhaps the most accurate ongoing social commentary of the mid-twentieth century.

The musical and movie of the same name preserve much of it.

“The country’s in the very best of hands” as sung by Dogpatch’s congressional representative in 1950, is quoted quite frequently these days as the song that today’s incumbents are still singing.

Dunesbury is the nearest later parallel for popular social commentary. But it suffers from its doper, anti-war, Yale origins.

Li’l Abner depicted the doper, anti-war, elite college students of the time as members of Students Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything (S.W.I.N.E.). Much closer to reality.

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