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"In one of the ancient Greek republics he who wished to introduce a new law had to appear before the popular assembly with a rope around his neck, probably as an emblem of the hangman and the criminal. We have hardly made an improvement by shifting the rope to the neck of the helpless citizen." (Boris Sidis, in: The Source and Aim of Human Progress (1919) p. 36–37)

Sanity check: virtual carrots never fed a donkey.

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