Cats and Dogs
by L. Neil Smith
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
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I find it endlessly fascinating that with one exception, history’s dictators have always hated cats, who, as independent creatures and nature’s libertarians, are not the best pet for someone who thinks he owns everybody else’s lives. Some individuals appear to resent their independence. For me, it’s the main characteristic that makes cats attractive.
The exception (I’ve pondered over this like a puzzle, for years) was Vladimir Ilich Lenin, who made a point of being photographed with his cat (I have its name around here somewhere) on more than one occasion.
It may not tell the whole story—nothing does—but the next time you wonder about a politician, or a potential employee or boss, or even that redhead you find intriguing, find out how they feel about cats. Come to think of it, I wonder where Obama, Romney, and Ron Paul stand.
It may tell you how they feel about individual liberty.
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Hmm, one of my co-workers rescues dogs and has four.
Wonder what that says about her.
Maybe I should get a cat?
Seems like there’s a Big Bang episode that covers that.
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