|Non-voters, voting, democracy, and anarchism
||[Sep. 17th, 2004|06:25 pm]
I think therefore I like philosophy
All non-votes by eligible voters in a presidential election should count as votes against the idea of presidency and state.
I just formulated this 'theory.' I'm not sure if someone else has come up with it before; if they have, then I wasn't aware of it (I admit I haven't read all the major works in political philosophy, so excuse my ignorance if someone has already come up with that idea). I think it's a good idea. It would also solve voter 'apathy', and it would establish REAL democracy. Deciding on whether or not the people want a state.
x-posted to political_phil
You have a good point there, in that if all options given to us are bad, it's not *that* democratic. All we really can do is choose the lesser of all the great evils.
I still don't think every vote that Donald Duck gets should be grouped as being against just one thing, like the state, or the pope, or whatever. Making a presumption like that would be against democracy, too.
People have versatile reasons for voting blank. Sosiology has probably attempted to chart and study the motives behind leaving a blank paper. (Not that I can name any one study, but I'm *sure* they have studied it! :P. If they haven't, they should.) Some are against the idea of presidency. Some are against the idea of democracy itself. Some don't know the first thing about the candidates. Some aren't sure what election means. Some get uncomrfortable in the small voting booth and just want out.
Still, the amount of blank votes measures on some level how well the voters think the system works, how happy they are about it, and wether they feel they can make a difference by voting.
I would join the community, but I live in Finland, so information about american Universities doesn't benefit me very much. I am going to get into uni here next year. Atleast I want to very badly, and am working hard to get in.
I still think it's a good idea to bring philosophy students together. We get little respect or understanding from students of other fields of science. Or maybe that's just me, but I often get the feeling other people think we're somehow detached from reality and intentionally speak with big words to evade criticism and comments from anyone who hasn't studied everything we have.