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Stoppardian democracy

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  • "It matters not who casts the vote, it only matters who counts the vote." - Joseph Stalin
    • Originality is overrated anyway. To me it matters more not necessarily who said something first, but who says it best. Not that the Stalin quote is bad, but I think the Stoppard quote is nice & succinct as well, getting at the heart of the nature of the process itself. Stalin's quote feels less philosophical to me, more brutal -- but then, this is a Stalin quote we're talking about, so that makes sense...

I am here by the will of the people and I won't leave until I get my raincoat back. - a slogan of the anarchists in Richard Kadrey's "Metrophage"

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