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Gripes about the “two-party duopoly” are nothing new

October 12, 2011

It’s not uncommon to hear the Occupy Wall Street crowd or other critics of the status quo to indict what they see as too much similarity between the Democratic and Republican parties.

Many of those would be inclined to agree with this viewpoint:

[T]he man in the street is but a pawn, his sole value being that he has the doubtful privilege of voting, wavering between two corrupt politicians, each of whom is trying to convince him that his party is the lesser of two unavoidable evils.

The author of this sentiment was none other than the late Senator Claiborne Pell. According to G. Wayne Miller’s Pell biography An Uncommon Man, Pell expressed the view as a young man, in a letter to the editor published in the New York Times in 1934.

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