Life Really Does Imitate Art

The late great Douglas Adams provides some keen insight (as he so often did) into modern political reality, via one of the many endearing exchanges between the lovable catastrophe that is Ford Prefect and the perpetually unfortunate everyman Arthur Dent:

 

Ford: “On its world, the people are people.  The leaders are lizards.  The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”

 

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

 

Ford: “I did.  It is.”

 

Arthur: “So, why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”

 

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

 

Arthur: “You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”

 

Ford: “Oh yes, of course.” 

 

Arthur: “But why?”

 

Ford: “Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard, the wrong lizard might get in.” 

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