Lamont and Dude Ponder Autonomy

“You might wonder if such a thing is possible among biological life forms.”

“What, Lamont?”

“Autonomy. It’s independence day in this country where we are having our current incarnation.”

“Independence from what?”

“History, dude.”

“That’s not possible. No one is independent from history. I mean, look at us.”

“No I mean this is the 240th anniversary of the birth of this nation.”

“Ooooh! That day. Yeah, and?”

“Well, it was all about autonomy, political autonomy.”

“Yeah, I know. I went to school here too, remember?”

“I’m saying autonomy is impossible, even political autonomy.”


“That fledgling nation needed tea. It’s first trading ship went to China. See what I’m saying? China was a power back then. Need necessitates compromise. Trade necessitates compromise. With compromise, autonomy goes out the window.”


“Well, then the parties are depending each other to respect the compromise. Independence, OUT the window.”

“All because of tea?”


“Is that why you’re a coffee drinker, Lamont?”


Lamont and Dude are characters I came up with a couple of years ago. They happen to remember many of their past incarnations and sometimes reminisce about them. You can read more of these stories by searching “Lamont and Dude.” Some of them are funny. 🙂

10 thoughts on “Lamont and Dude Ponder Autonomy

  1. Aha, now I know why it all happened – just because of tea. The world according to Lamont and Dude is better than a history lesson.

  2. Thanks for the background on Lamont and Dude. I never knew who they were but was a bit embarrassed to ask you…..I thought they were some hippie stoner dudes.

    • Considering how long they’ve been around, that’s not surprising. I imagine there’s an infinite depth to the inanity they remember and the profundity they’ve forgotten 😉

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