What the tea party refuseniks can learn from Maurice Sendak

  @FortuneMagazine August 29, 2013: 7:20 AM ET
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Here's a story about a little boy named Pierre, who stars in Maurice Sendak's classic children's tale. Pierre is an obstinate brat who sits backward in his chair, pours syrup on his hair, and screams, "I don't care!" at every kindhearted word from his parents. When a lion shows up and asks him if he'd like to die, Pierre ignores the obvious danger and blurts, "I don't care!"

The lion eats him.

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