Spiro Agnew

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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
John Maynard Keynes
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Spiro Theodore Agnew (9 November 1918 – 17 September 1996) Thirty-ninth Vice President of the United States, under President Richard Nixon; born Spiro Anagnostopoulos


  • Perhaps the place to start looking for a credibility gap is not in the offices of the Government in Washington but in the studios of the networks in New York!
    • From speech delivered Nov 13, 1969 in Des Moines, Iowa
  • A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
    • Denouncing Moratorium Day protest against Vietnam War; in NY "Times," 20 Oct 69
  • In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.
    • Speech, San Diego, 11 Sept 1970.
    • Agnew's signature quip against everything perceived to be liberal, particularly the media at that time.


  • The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country.

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