Gore Vidal was a prolific writer and critic of American society. He passed away on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012.
A one-time candidate for Senate, one of his most memorable quotes was on the topic of the two main modern political parties:
There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party ... and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently ... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.
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