We Only Have Free Speech . . .

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. . . because our rulers know that it doesn’t really matter. So said Bob Higgs to me a couple of years ago. To that I would add that if voting made a difference, our rulers would not let us do it.

(The latter is attributed on the Web to Mark Twain. Some particularly idiotic emailers have written to violently dispute this, but of course it is impossible to know of every single thing a man who died several generations ago said. Not all of our conversations — even Mark Twain’s — are /were recorded and published somewhere. That’s why so much of Lincoln hagiography, for instance,  is based on “stories” and not on Abe’s official speeches and writings).

10:51 am on November 3, 2012