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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 53 of the 1983 collection of some of the writings of the late G. Warren Nutter, entitled Political Economy and Freedom; specifically, it’s from Nutter’s insightful 1976 essay “A Comment on Okun” (link added):

In passing, [Arthur] Okun cannot resist praising recent legislation on campaign spending as a welcome curb to the “counterfeiting” of votes and hence a boost to a more “democratic” political process.  Here is another example of of miscomprehension of the complex issues underlying the First Amendment, with which this legislation is wholly inconsistent, to say the least.  Let me merely observe that, as far as the democratic process is concerned, there is likely to be more to fear from a silver tongue than from a gold finger.