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The Ethical Iconoclast

The latest work of the Ethical Iconoclast was once a lottery billboard; now it lists the number of civilian deaths the lottery’s funded. The number is ticking up.

“Awful,” sniffs a man.

“Brilliant!” laugh teenagers.

“You’re the Ethical Iconoclast?” asks Surrey.

“Secular,” she replies, “utilitarian, nondestructive.”

“So it’s your duty and right to transform and subvert all things iconic, not just the sacred, as an means to the greater good.”

“Not just my duty! Everyone’s!”

“Isn’t it curious,” says Surrey, “that there’s a definite article before your name?”

“Oh dear,” says the Ethical Iconoclast, and has to set herself on fire.