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25th Aug '17 7:12:58 AM HotelCalifornia
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* In the United States, the conservatives/Republican Party frequently accuse liberals/Democratic Party of believing in this trope and of trying to take away people's rights using this philosophy as justification. (Operative word: ACCUSES. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Whether these accusations are true can be discussed in the forums.]])
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16th Aug '17 12:25:57 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/{{Billions}}'' has a subversion. When Axe is investing in a proposed casino in a poor town upstate, he buys up a large amount of land for pennies on the dollar that will be valuable once the casino is built. However, one property owner is savvy enough to realize what's going on and refuses to accept Axe's lowball offer. Axe, realizing the guy has done his research and is smart enough to not get screwed over, offers a fair price (on the condition the owner throws in a vintage motorcycle he was restoring) which is accepted.

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* ''Series/{{Billions}}'' has a subversion. When Axe is investing in a proposed casino in a poor town upstate, he buys up a large amount of land for pennies on the dollar that will be valuable once the casino is built. However, one property owner is savvy enough to realize what's going on (his real estate agent girlfriend mentioned all the recent buys and his friend saw several businessmen in expensive clothes at a local diner so the guy decided to go to city hall to check the public records for the buyer) and refuses to accept Axe's lowball offer. Axe, realizing the guy has done his research and is smart enough to not get screwed over, offers a fair price (on the condition the owner throws in a vintage motorcycle he was restoring) which is accepted. He even admits he's impressed and wishes his employees had the guy's initiative.
5th Aug '17 8:51:39 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/{{Billions}}'' has a subversion. When Axe is investing in a proposed casino in a poor town upstate, he buys up a large amount of land that will be valuable once the casino is built. However, one property owner is savvy enough to realize what's going ands refuses to accept Axe's lowball offer. Axe, realizing the guy has done his research and is smart enough to not get screwed over, offers a fair price (on the condition the owner throws in a vintage motorcycle he was restoring) which is accepted.

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* ''Series/{{Billions}}'' has a subversion. When Axe is investing in a proposed casino in a poor town upstate, he buys up a large amount of land for pennies on the dollar that will be valuable once the casino is built. However, one property owner is savvy enough to realize what's going ands on and refuses to accept Axe's lowball offer. Axe, realizing the guy has done his research and is smart enough to not get screwed over, offers a fair price (on the condition the owner throws in a vintage motorcycle he was restoring) which is accepted.
5th Aug '17 8:49:19 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/{{Billions}}'' has a subversion. When Axe is investing in a proposed casino in a poor town upstate, he buys up a large amount of land that will be valuable once the casino is built. However, one property owner is savvy enough to realize what's going ands refuses to accept Axe's lowball offer. Axe, realizing the guy has done his research and is smart enough to not get screwed over, offers a fair price (on the condition the owner throws in a vintage motorcycle he was restoring) which is accepted.
16th Jul '17 9:14:13 AM A0Z1E4R7
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* Plankton's family in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' comprises hillbillies with a taste for [[FrothyMugsOfWater root beer]]. [[spoiler:Sheldon]] Plankton is the only one of them to have gone to college, and is thoroughly ashamed of his uneducated family.

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* Plankton's family in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' comprises hillbillies with a taste for [[FrothyMugsOfWater root beer]]. [[spoiler:Sheldon]] [[spoiler: [[EmbarrassingFirstName Sheldon]]]] Plankton is the only one of them to have gone to college, and is thoroughly ashamed of his uneducated family.
15th Jul '17 6:24:33 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/ArnoldWesker played with this in his trilogy of stage plays concerning the British-Jewish Kahn family and their ups and downs in the fight for socialism before, during and after WorldWarII. In the second play, ''roots'', the young and idealistic farm girl Beattie Bryant tries hard to get her fellow countrymen in Norfolk understand the intellectual concepts of politics and a better life. It turns out her boyfriend, Ronnie Kahn, has come to terms with his view of her as a working class moron without any independent attitudes. She finally subverts this, but it is an open guessing if she ever gets through to her relatives - who openly adapt to their "moron" qualities (and even seem to pride themselves of it).

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* Creator/ArnoldWesker played with this in his trilogy of stage plays concerning the British-Jewish Kahn family and their ups and downs in the fight for socialism before, during and after WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. In the second play, ''roots'', the young and idealistic farm girl Beattie Bryant tries hard to get her fellow countrymen in Norfolk understand the intellectual concepts of politics and a better life. It turns out her boyfriend, Ronnie Kahn, has come to terms with his view of her as a working class moron without any independent attitudes. She finally subverts this, but it is an open guessing if she ever gets through to her relatives - who openly adapt to their "moron" qualities (and even seem to pride themselves of it).
16th Mar '17 7:03:08 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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** Bear in mind that this division of poetry for aristocrats and prose for commoners is a theatrical convention at the time and not something that Shakespeare created himself. In Shakespeare's works you have several notable characters, Jack Falstaff especially (he has more lines than any character aside from Theatre/{{Hamlet}}) who parody and mock the beliefs of the high lords. Likewise, one-shot characters in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and ''Hamlet'' (like the Gravedigger) have become EnsembleDarkhorse[=s=] as well. The most notable example is Caliban, the resentful slave in ''Theatre/TheTempest''.

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** Bear in mind that this division of poetry for aristocrats and prose for commoners is a theatrical convention at the time time, albeit not a hard-and-fast one (Hamlet frequently speaks in prose, for instance; Juliet's Nurse speaks in poetry), and not something that Shakespeare created himself. In Shakespeare's works you have several notable characters, Jack Falstaff especially (he has more lines than any character aside from Theatre/{{Hamlet}}) who parody and mock the beliefs of the high lords. Likewise, one-shot characters in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and ''Hamlet'' (like the Gravedigger) have become EnsembleDarkhorse[=s=] as well. The most notable example is Caliban, the resentful slave in ''Theatre/TheTempest''.''Theatre/TheTempest'' (who speaks exclusively in verse).
12th Mar '17 4:48:55 PM Vox
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->''"You have to understand, these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know... morons!"''

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->''"You have ->''"You've got to understand, remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know... morons!"''
1st Feb '17 11:45:54 PM MicoolTNT
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Especially JustForFun/{{egregious}} in episodes involving court cases, where heartfelt pleas from a SimpleCountryLawyer seem to sway judges faster than a bisexual on a swingset.

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Especially JustForFun/{{egregious}} in episodes involving court cases, where heartfelt pleas from a SimpleCountryLawyer seem to sway judges faster more effectively than a bisexual on a swingset.
any number of rational, legalistic arguments from highly-paid big name firm lawyers.
11th Jan '17 7:43:03 PM nombretomado
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%%* The ''LordPeterWimsey'' stories are full of this trope.

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%%* The ''LordPeterWimsey'' ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'' stories are full of this trope.
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