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20 June 2008
Because of a business decision he made in England some 400 years ago, Thomas Hobson won a flavor of immortality in the vernacular of the English language. Mr. Hobson rented horses and carriages in the university town of Cambridge around the turn of the 17th century. Student’s were notoriously hard on horseflesh, so Hobson was disinclined to offer them the pick of his stable. His invariable policy was to offer the horse nearest the stable door or none at all.
Thus in modern English, the choice “this or none” is named for Mr. . . . → Read More: Hobson’s Choice
16 May 2007
I’ve written before about the voting scam, about the delusions of power it gives to members of a well trained herd, about the lack of any real choice in most elections.
When PR hacks and hairstylists create the only differences between candidates, voting simply encourages the dissembling, grasping, power mongers we elect to think we approve of every indignity, larceny, and insult to our intelligence they dream up while in office.
The idea that political freedom is the right to choose between two empty-headed career liars, each of whom bids for your vote . . . → Read More: A Good Reason to Vote, Ron Paul
5 July 2006
As George II’s war swollen popularity evaporates, many recall the 2000 election and suggest that getting rid of the Electoral College would do much, or at least something, to improve the political climate in America. In truth eliminating the Electoral College will only mire us deeper in the muck of democracy.
As most of us know, the kindly robot AlGore got more votes in 2000 than George II. Never the less, by carrying Florida, by whatever means, George had a majority of the Electors’ votes, and became president as the Constitution requires. This supposed miscarriage of the will . . . → Read More: Democracy and the Great Legislator of the Universe