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    08 Jul '16 10:39
    I'm writing a piece and I need help identifying a quote which I can only paraphrase. Who said "They think they're free because they vote; they're free for the five minutes they spent in the booth, but after they leave the booth they are slaves again."
    And where did they say it?
    Thanks for the help.
    P.S. It's a poor paraphrase but you'll get the idea.
  2. SubscriberPonderable
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    08 Jul '16 14:571 edit
    To be free means to choose, whose slave you want to be. ­
    Jeanne Moreau

    Probably not the Quote you look for I am still seeing what i can do
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    If you put all these "sovereign citizens" and anarchists together on an island I wonder how long it would take before they established some form of government and laws everyone had to follow or they just started killing each other.
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    09 Jul '16 11:25
    Originally posted by stevemcc
    I'm writing a piece and I need help identifying a quote which I can only paraphrase. Who said "They think they're free because they vote; they're free for the five minutes they spent in the booth, but after they leave the booth they are slaves again."
    And where did they say it?
    Thanks for the help.
    P.S. It's a poor paraphrase but you'll get the idea.
    “The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” - Frank Zappa
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    09 Jul '16 14:27
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    To be free means to choose, whose slave you want to be. ­
    Jeanne Moreau

    Probably not the Quote you look for I am still seeing what i can do
    Thanks but not the wrong. All I know is that it's a political writer. I've done a lot of Emerson and Thoreau the past several weeks but no luck yet. Don't think its Rousseau, but he's next
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    09 Jul '16 14:53
    Originally posted by stevemcc
    I'm writing a piece and I need help identifying a quote which I can only paraphrase. Who said "They think they're free because they vote; they're free for the five minutes they spent in the booth, but after they leave the booth they are slaves again."
    And where did they say it?
    Thanks for the help.
    P.S. It's a poor paraphrase but you'll get the idea.
    Here's something like it:


    "None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free."
    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

    http://www.nowandfutures.com/quotes.html
  7. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    09 Jul '16 15:47
    Originally posted by stevemcc
    I'm writing a piece and I need help identifying a quote which I can only paraphrase. Who said "They think they're free because they vote; they're free for the five minutes they spent in the booth, but after they leave the booth they are slaves again."
    And where did they say it?
    Thanks for the help.
    P.S. It's a poor paraphrase but you'll get the idea.
    Try the research librarian at the New York Public Library.
  8. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
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    09 Jul '16 18:34
    Sounds like something Herbert Marcuse might have said.
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    10 Jul '16 15:51
    Originally posted by stevemcc
    I'm writing a piece and I need help identifying a quote which I can only paraphrase. Who said "They think they're free because they vote; they're free for the five minutes they spent in the booth, but after they leave the booth they are slaves again."
    And where did they say it?
    Thanks for the help.
    P.S. It's a poor paraphrase but you'll get the idea.
    Sounds like something from The Newsroom with Jeff Daniels.
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    10 Jul '16 16:331 edit
    Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. Alexis de Tocqueville
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