27 October 2002
Meet the new bosh, same as the old bosh
A pertinent quote:
Politics today is big money. X can be stupid or a drunk or a religious maniac, but if he has the money for a major political career and enough political flair to make a good public impression, he will automatically attract to himself quite a number of political adventurers, some talented. With luck, he will become the nucleus of a political team that then creates his speeches, his positions, his deeds, if any Presidential hopefuls seldom do anything until, finally, X is entirely the team's creation, manipulated rather than manipulated, in much the same way that the queen bee is powerless in relation to the drones and workers.
Or how about this one:
[O]nly in America do we pretend to worship the majority, reverently listening to the herd as it Gallups this way and that. A socialist friend of mine in England, a Labour M.P., once said, "You Americans are mad on the subject of democracy. But we aren't, because we know if the people were given their head, they would bring back hanging, the birch and, of course, they'd kick the niggers out of the country. Fortunately, the Labour Party has no traffic with democracy."
And to wrap it up, this one:
The villains, if they exist, are probably Texas oilmen.
All these things were said by Gore Vidal in the June 1969 Playboy Interview; I mention them here in case anyone is actually surprised by his The Enemy Within screed.