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A preview of the art-meets-politics event organized by environmental crusader Tim DeChristopher lured one crusty critic who was not impressed [see “Tim DeChristopher vs. the Puppets,” Jan. 31,].

Duke criticized the event, calling a puppet show that demonstrates the power struggles between citizens, corporations and governments as “gimmicky.”

“Nothing less than affordable, clean, efficient, high-energy, renewable fuel will wean the world off of coal and oil,” Duke wrote, demanding “real solutions.”

Realist suggested a mass movement must be built to demand those solutions.

“History shows that things only change when people rise up, and people only rise up when they are sufficiently educated about political realities and inspired to be part of a movement that changes those political realities,” Realist wrote.

“It’s not called ‘Saving the Earth in One Night at Kilby Court,’ ” wrote settle down guys. “It’s about celebrating activism through art.”

The whole debate devolved in Duke accusing the others of misconstruing his argument, and vice versa, which was as interesting as two straw men boxing.

To me, Duke’s criticism is baseless from the start. Who’s to say a kid might not see a puppet show about nasty politics and turn to a life of science to solve the problems underlying the politics? Like art itself, inspiration comes in unpredictable ways.

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