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  •  And what "hanky panky" (1+ / 0-)
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    would you be suggesting? Do you realize that there is absolutely no individual advantage to be gained by voting? That's one reason most people hardly ever vote--there's really nothing in it for them other than the satisfaction of having done their civic duty.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 03:54:38 PM PST

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    •  The Greeks had a name for this view (1+ / 0-)
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      That name is "idiotes", meaning a person who considered politics solely as a matter of personal benefit and declined to take part. In opposition to the concepts of shared benefits and civic duty.

      Whence our word, "idiot".

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 04:27:57 PM PST

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      •  Well, I always thought we had a lot of idiots (1+ / 0-)
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        in this country, but I had no idea that "idiotes" described so perfectly the predominant American ideology.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 05:04:31 PM PST

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