A nation ignorant and free, that never was and never shall be. Thomas Jefferson
Here’s a notion that should set progressive hearts palpitating, perhaps even inducing a case or two of apoplexy. Should citizens deemed mentally (not physically) incapable of caring for themselves be granted a full franchise in a republican democracy?
In these pages this notion has risen implicitly over the years, and most recently occurred to me again during a thread on food stamps that developed in the comment stream of ‘Mindbending Marijuana’. There I was asked whether I supported foodstamps, the 80% hidden component that has historically been included in past farm bills, and that was recently excised from the current House version going through Congress. I repeat an edited version of my reply.