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Political Wisdom From the Guide

When Douglas Adams writes about the lizrad community, I cannot help but make the connection between our two party system and the lizard party system. It is crazy that people will vote for someone they feel is not competent just to keep another person out of office. When are we going to actually have people who are worth voting for?

Any way, here is an exerpt from the So long and thanks for all the fish, the 4th book in the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy series.

     “I come in peace,” it said, adding after a long moment of further grinding, “take me to your Lizard.”

     …”It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”

     “You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”

     “No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”

     “Odd,” said Arthur, “I though you said it was a democracy.”

     “I did,” said Ford. “It is.”

     “So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”

     “It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”

     “You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”

     “Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”

     “But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”

     “Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?”


     “I said,” said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, “have you got any gin?”

     “I’ll look. Tell me about the lizards.”

     Ford shrugged again.

     “Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them,” he said. “They’re completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone’s got to say it.”

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