Posted by: vernacularsnoop | August 15, 2008

Hunter S Thompson on the lesser of evils

I saw the Hunter S Thompson documentary “Gonzo” the other day, and I came away with a new respect for Thompson’s acute political intelligence and integrity. His travels with the 1972 George McGovern campaign had a lasting impact on his thinking and resulted in his classic “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.” Here’s one of many great quotes from that work:

“How many more of these goddam elections are we going to have to write off as lame but ‘regrettably necessary’ holding actions? And how many more of these stinking double-downer sideshows will we have to go through before we can get ourselves straight enough to put together some kind of national election that will give me and the at least 20 million people I tend to agree with a chance to vote for something, instead of always being faced with that old familiar choice between the lesser of two evils? I understand, along with a lot of other people, that the big thing, this year, is Beating Nixon. But that was also the big thing, as I recall, 12 years ago in 1960–and as far as I can tell, we’ve gone from bad to worse to rotten since then, and the outlook is for more of the same.”

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