The Ignatius J. Reilly Solution for World Conflict: Save the World Through Degeneracy


Tourist with the Ignatius J. Reilly bronze statue on Canal St.

From the Daily Mail:

Transgender military personnel from 18 countries where open service is allowed gather to discuss whether US military could lift ban

It’s kind of like in A Confederacy of Dunces when obese medievalist / French Quarter hot dog salesman Ignatius J. Reilly has an epiphany about how to head off World War III and put his Communist ex-girlfriend Myrna Minkoff in her place via his Save the World Through Degeneracy plan:

“Good grief. How many of the military leaders of the world may simply be deranged old sodomites acting out some fake fantasy role? Actually this might be quite beneficial to the world. It could mean an end to war forever. This could be the key to lasting peace. … The power-crazed leaders of the world would certainly be surprised to find that their military leaders and troops were masquerading sodomites who were only too eager to meet the masquerading sodomite armies of the other nations to have dances and balls and learn some foreign dance steps. …

The one whom we finally make Chief of Staff will only want to attend to his fashionable wardrobe, a wardrobe will will, alternately, permit him to be either Chief of Staff or debutante, as the desire strikes him. In seeing the success of their fellows here, perverts around the world will band together to capture the military in their respective countries. …

Ballets and Broadway musicals and entertainments of that sort will flourish everywhere and will probably make the common people of the world happier than the grim, hostile, fascistic leader of their former leaders. Almost everyone else has had an opportunity to run the world. I cannot see why these people should not be given a chance. …

Their movement into power will be, in a sense, only a part of the global movement for opportunity, justice, and equality for all. (For example, can you name one good, practicing transvestite in the Senate? No! These people have been without represenation long enough. Their plight is a national, a global disgrace.)

John Kennedy Toole couldn’t find a publisher for his comic novel and he killed himself in 1969.

By the way, I like to keep up to date with Hollywood’s latest plans to film the late Toole’s  A Confederacy of Dunces, which have been been a-brewing for 35 years without anything actually happening. Every single Hollywood actor less skinny than Peter O’Toole, from John Belushi to Zach Galifanakis, has been Mentioned as Ignatius J. Reilly.

The latest appears to be Nick Offerman, the very funny Teddy Roosevelt-looking fellow from Parks and Recreation and We’re the Millers.

As Steven Soderbergh, who could probably get an environmental impact report greenlighted (on video, using non-SAG actors), said in 2013: “I don’t know what’s happening with it. I think it’s cursed. I’m not prone to superstition, but that project has got bad mojo on it.”