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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Political Parties: Another Brief Primer

Not quite sure which party your're in? Allow a Founding Father and a science-fiction author help you sort them out:

Thomas Jefferson (letter to Henry Lee, 1824):
Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves.
Robert Heinlein (Time Enough For Love, 1973):
Political tags–such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth–are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
Hat tip to The PJ Tatler.


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