June 22, 2021 1:27 p.m. ET
Michael Taube’s June 18 review of Blake Scott Ball’s âCharlie Brown’s Americaâ (Library, June 18) recalls two beloved âPeanutsâ 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.
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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”.