Voting does not set you free

Helen Keller’s comments on wealth inequality and the impact of voting resonate over a hundred years later.

“Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee…

You ask for votes for women. What good can votes do when ten-elevenths of the land of Great Britain belongs to 200,000 and only one-eleventh to the rest of the 40,000,000? Have your men with their millions of votes freed themselves from this injustice?”

~ Helen Keller, 1911 to a suffragist in England (Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States)

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