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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Reverse Harringtonism

     James Harrington, author of The Republic of Oceana, the Whig classic, is sometimes compared to Karl Marx because he saw a logical link between economic wealth and political power.  That is to say, Harrington believed that the wealthy should have more political power.  A good Harringtonian would say that people who pay more taxes should have more say in an election.  What the contemporary United States practices is reverse Harringtonism.  With Motor Voter, Americans who are on public assistance recieve more encouragement to vote than citizens that aren't.  In other words, people who are poor at making money are the people who elect our leaders.  Is it any wonder we elect spendthrifts who spend money like water? 

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