It was always thus


Greenwich Republican/Democrat song book

Greenwich Republican/Democrat song book

Greenwich Time, 1913:

Sept. 19, 1913: The Republicans held a caucus, called by some a primary this week, at which there was no friction for the reason probably that nothing was said and a printed ticket to vote was handed out to all who came to the polls. Of course, one could vote for anybody else other than for those on the ticket that was printed. “But what good would that do,” said a prominent Republican when asked how he voted. “I had to vote that ticket or I might as well not have gone to the polls at all.”



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2 responses to “It was always thus

  1. AJ

    ‘Strange Death of American Revolution’

    “At the heart of the American experiment was always a tension between oligarchy and democracy, with the oligarchs usually holding the upper hand. However, in recent decades, the struggle has taken a curious turn with the oligarchs largely obliterating the people’s memory of the true democratic cause, writes Jada Thacker.

    Most Americans know Jack London as the author of The Call of the Wild. Few have ever read his 1908 novel, The Iron Heel, which pits what London calls “the Oligarchy” (aka The Iron Heel) against the American working class, resulting in armed revolution.

    The Oligarchy, London explains, is the ruling elite whose immense concentration of capital has empowered it to transcend capitalism itself. The Iron Heel is thus an allegorical tale of a fascist state whose hydra-headed business monopolies have seized control of all facets of production, consumption and national security.

    London was not the lone American revolutionary author of his generation. Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy, Caesar’s Column by Ignatius Donnelly, and the less militant Progress and Poverty by Henry George all assumed that some version of democratic-socialist Revolution was just around the corner of history – or if not, then ought to be.

    As late as the 1930s (and briefly during the anti-Vietnam War period), many Americans still thought “The Revolution” was in the offing. But those days have passed, and no one today speaks seriously of any such thing.

    Why not?

    The Traditional Oligarchy

    “Oligarchy” means “rule by the few.” It is an ugly word in its pronunciation as well as in its implied meaning.

    Moreover, it is a tainted word because it is used often by “dangerous radicals” to describe the people they wish to see blindfolded and stood against a wall. Nonetheless, it is the proper word to describe the current practice of governance in the United States.

    This, of course, is not a new development.

    The origin of American civil government was not, as certain champions of Locke’s social contract would have it ….”

  2. Carlos Danger

    This is truly sad….and, by the way, its happening for the Dems, too.