Charlie Brown’s subtle and gentle political philosophy

June 22, 2021 1:27 p.m. ET

Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip “Peanuts”, in 1978.


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Michael Taube’s June 18 review of Blake Scott Ball’s “Charlie Brown’s America” (Library, June 18) recalls two beloved “Peanuts” comics cut decades ago. Here is the first:

Linus: I’m interested in learning how to develop a genuine concern for others.

Charlie Brown: Do you mean you want to care about those who are less fortunate than you?

Linus (in the next panel): No. I want to care about those who are luckier than me.

Linus (in a separate final panel): I want to bring them back to my level!

Here is the second:

Linus: When I grow up, I want to be a great philanthropist!

Charlie Brown: You have to have a lot of money to be a great philanthropist.

Sign showing a thoughtful pause, neither speaking.

Linus: I want to be a great philanthropist with someone else’s money!

Charles Schulz leaves it to the reader to laugh warmly, or grimly, at Linus’ aspirations.

Paul Welsh

Newark, Del.

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Appeared in the print edition of June 23, 2021 under the title “On the Subtle and Soft Political Philosophy of Charlie Brown”.


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