Greedy and Gullible

“A significant number of our fellow citizens are now as greedy and gullible as a boxful of puppies; they’ll believe anything; they’ll attack the empty glove; they’ll follow that plastic bone right off the cliff. Nothing about this election has changed that fact. If they’re ever activated—if the wrong individual gets to them, in other words, before the educational system does—we may live to experience a tyranny of the majority that Tocqueville never imagined.”

From A Quibble, by Mark Slouka, in Harper’s Magazine, February 2009: Notebook

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