Jon Stewart, Jester for the Warfare State
Ryan Calhoun | November 8th, 2014
Professional fools are an ingrained aspect of our image of the medieval royal court system. Fools, more commonly known as jesters, were permitted to be asses for the amusement of heads of governments. While professional and respectful conduct was expected of most members of the court, the Fool existed to give an image of laxness. The king would not want people to think him an overly serious figure. Of course, the jester too had restraints. Many fools found their end after a misplaced joke on the wrong aristocrat.
The function of Jon Stewart in the eyes of many young people is to satirize the court, to make light of those in power and their media lapdogs. ...