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Jonathan Boyarin and Martin Land

by the series’ makers; it is also, oddly enough, out of a reluctance to make this inquiry “political.” That reluctance itself strikes me as paradoxically motivated: on one hand, by a quaint and perhaps utterly obsolete desire to “maintain standards,” like the elected governors trying to maintain parliamentary procedure in Battlestar Galactica or like the hapless stranded boys of Lord of the Flies and, on the other hand, not to be reduced (or better, limited) in the aims of our inquiry to scoring points in the old game of left versus right. Yet, for what it