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      This post is by Tony Wikrent I have been looking at the work of Cornell University law professor Robert Hockett, who is serving as an economics adviser to Representative Alexandria Occasio-Cortez. I have been delighted to find that Hockett has been working the same angle I have: applying the classical republicanism that informed the creation of […]
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The 19th Amendment: Negative Space

happy anniversary, I guess

Ohai, today was the anniversary of the 19th amendment.  You know, the one that gave women the right to vote as long as they vote for some guy?  Yeah, that one.  Well, I don’t know about you but I have been underwhelmed by my ability to fairly reflect my preferences for elected office in the past 30 years that I have been granted this privilege.  So, I think I might experiment with negative space in the voting area.

See, it seems to me that there are an awful lot (emphasis on awful) of politicians that have filled in their electoral success scenarios by anticipating the votes of women, to whom they make promises they don’t intend to keep.  Creatively, I think they’ve hit a rut.  I would like to challenge those guys (and it’s mostly guys) to repaint their electoral pictures without our votes. Consider it a thought experiment, a little intellectual masturbation.  Imagine an electoral landscape with massive voids where our votes might have been. After all, we given the right to vote but no one said we had to use it.  Or would we be using it if we just didn’t?

Oh, sure, the Democrats will say that if the Republicans win, it will just make it worse for ourselves.  But then I think about the old guy in Life of Brian who was about to get stoned for BLASPHEMY and think how much worse can it get if I say Jehovah one more time?  Jehovah!  Jehovah!  I mean, as long as I’m going to get pummeled anyway, might as well express myself.

Anyways, having the vote is great, in theory.  Too bad there’s no one I want to give it to right now.  And you all know that they won’t buy the cow if you give the milk away for free.

Sing it, sisters:

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