"An election is nothing more than the advanced auction of stolen goods."
Ambrose Bierce
(1842-1914) American Civil War soldier, humorist, writer
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Perfect in every sense. So often we forget that the world is not ours to own!
 -- Anonymous     
    To turn the country over from one set of knaves to another group of knaves.
     -- jim k, austin     
    couldnt agree more
     -- Anonymous, Australia     
    So true
     -- anon, Brussels     
    It is in the eye of the world at large, we see the robber barons and their patrons for who they really are. Now more than before. The internet works for the slave as well as the robbers.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    A self evident truth ! ! !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    We worship the notion of voting. I once saw a sign that said,"Don't vote, it only encourages the bastards."
     -- jim k, austin tx     
    This was probably a Mencken quote. Most of the other sources are worded almost the same: "Every election is a sort of advance auction of stolen goods." I'm curious, where did this version of the quote come from?

    Anyway, it sounds a lot like Mencken.
     -- Veech, Southern Utah     
     -- jim k, Austin      
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