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Because we’ve republished over 200 items featuring John Singleton, we feel it’d be wise and prudent to repeat the disclaimer from his latest book:
If my opinions on the Australian advertising scene have offended anyone inside or outside the industry, I would like you to know deep down from the bottom of my heart that I don’t give a shit.1
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau, author of:
Sovereignty cannot be represented, for the same reason that it cannot be alienated; its essence is the general will, and will cannot be represented — either it is the general will or it is something else; there is no intermediate possibility. Thus the people’s deputies are not, and could not be, its representatives; they are merely its agents; and they cannot decide anything finally. Any law which the people has not ratified in person is void; it is not a law at all.2
Thomas Paine, who positively admitted:
[The] Attraction [of national representation] acts so powerfully, that Men give it their Approbation even without reasoning on the Cause.3
And Lysander Spooner, who explained:
If a man is my servant, agent, or attorney, I necessarily make myself responsible for all his acts done within the limits of the power that I have entrusted to him. If I have entrusted him, as my agent, with either absolute power, or any power at all, over the persons or properties of other men than myself, I thereby necessarily make myself responsible to those other persons for any injuries he may do them, so long as he acts within the limits of the power I have granted him. But no individual who may be injured in his person or property, by acts of Congress, can come to the individual electors, and hold them responsible for these acts of their so-called agents or representatives. This fact proves that these pretended agents of the people, of everybody, are really the agents of nobody.4
- John Singleton, True Confessions (Stanmore: Cassell Australia, 1979), p. 157, the entirety of the chapter titled “Conclusion”. Redd Foxx said something similar. ↩
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, trans. Maurice Cranston (London: Penguin, 1968), p. 141, bk. III, ch. 15. ↩
- Thomas Paine, “To the Authors of The Republican,” July 2, 1791, in his Collected Writings (New York: Library of America, 1995), p. 378. ↩
- Lysander Spooner, No Treason No. VI, in The Lysander Spooner Reader (San Francisco: Fox & Wilkes, 1992), p. 94. ↩