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     The presidential election campaign suggests that we need to work for a more perfect union. Spokesman for George W. Bush, as quoted in the New York Times of February 19: "In order to be a good president, you don't have to be a foreign or domestic policy wonk. You can buy dozens of policy wonks. You don't have to be clever. You can buy clever." Every country gets the government it deserves: Some 23 million Americans watched the TV show "Who wants to marry a multi-millionaire?", while 3 million watched the Republican presidential debate showing at the same time. The Spanish electoral campaign, taking place at the same time, is more dignified.
     Actually, all systems are developing the same techniques, thanks (?) to television. Have a mob of people, many of whom cannot read their own language, wave banners with slogans in English. Have them wave little flags, handed out by the hundreds. Fidel Castro does it. Don't invest money in high tech industries. Try small flags. It's a growth industry.
     Eighteenth-century philosophers said the study of the nature of man was basic in formulating a good political system. Good advice.

Ronald Hilton - 3/3/00


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