One wonders how many of you have watched, live or on video, Schonberg's brilliant musical based on Victor Hugo's brilliant novel, and can quickly recall Valjean's soaring "24601" at the end of "Who Am I?"
So which is more moving--Jean Valjean's fictional fate, or these men's actual fates? And are you, my dear American readers, aware that we are (the overwhelming majority of us) playing the role of Valjean? What shall we do about this?
Probably merely blog about it, or read about it, and continue on. (This because you and I have been convinced that it can't/won't happen to us. But Cory Doctorow convinces otherwise.) Do you have any better ideas?