Wednesday, 6 October 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY: On voting …

Social movements usually follow the line of least resistance. While the direct production of economic goods is often very hard, taking possession of those goods produced by others is very easy.  This facility has greatly increased from the moment when deprivation became possible through the law… 
To save, a man must have certain control over himself.  Tilling a field to produce grain is hard work.  Waiting in the corner of a wood to rob a passer-by is dangerous.  On the other hand, going to vote is much easier and if it means that all those who are unadaptable, incapable and idle will be able to obtain board and lodging by it, they will hurry to do so.

            - Vilfredo Pareto, Les Systèmes Socialistes

1 comment:

  1. PC,
    Do you have any comments on the Australian system where it is illegal not to vote.
    Not voting can receive a fine, and I say Australians are dumb,
    some of them, probably most of them very dumb, and they vote the way todays tv says,


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