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Gore Vidal
1925 -

American writer and novelist, author of Duluth (1983)


Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

Whether you have an abortion, what you put in your own body, with whom you have sex - these are not the affairs of the state. A government does not exist to control the citizens. When it does, it is a tyranny, and must be fought.

For the average American freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more.

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.

Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.