Tuesday, November 05, 2002

A More Thoreau Analysis

And as long as I'm quoting from 19th century philosophers, I might as well give the floor to my man Henry David Thoreau for a moment. "All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting *for the right* is *doing* nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail." -- from "Civil Disobedience," 1849.

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