Fool me twice

The American Prospect
by Julia Gronnevet


We can't challenge the fraud in the 2004 election -- but we can keep it from happening again. TAP talks to Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again: Q: [W]hat would you say the book is about? ... A: [T]he book is a plea for electoral reform based on careful demonstration of the many ways in which the Bush Republicans stole the last presidential election. My aim is not to challenge the outcome, [but] ... to get that scandal to reverberate, to provoke or inspire reform of our whole electoral system, which is a shambles. Q: Voter fraud existed yesterday and today. How do you see today's tactics as different from ones used in the past? A: I'm not arguing that election fraud is something new. ... [W]e've had this problem from the beginning and [from] both parties. The Democrats are hardly innocent. But there is something new that's happened here. This theft of votes was unprecedented in scale...


Fool me twice

The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith


Every time one of the 'major' parties comes to power, it passes new laws that violate our self-ownership, threaten us with injury or death if we won't comply, and shred the Bill of Rights. When the other 'major' party replaces the first -- usually by making a lot of noise about how evil and repressive their predecessors were -- they almost never repeal those laws. They simply pass more of their own on top of them. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. ... If you remember nothing else from this essay, remember this: the seemingly unavoidable tragedy of our times is that only those who are presently out of power place any value the Bill of Rights. To those who are in power, it's exactly what it was meant to be: a crippling obstruction to the ambitions of the current regime. Whatever regime that happens to be. Today, George W. Bush chafes in the straitjacket manufactured by the authors of the Bill of Rights, but it is vital never to forget that Bill and Hillary Clinton chafed in their time, as well...


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