Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'd Vote for That

Let's face it: Patrick just seems to be a fountain of interesting ideas. I can't see all that much wrong with un-enfranchising of college students, having been one myself.

Of course, I want to go a touch further. The problem is, I don't know how strong of a touch that ought to be.

The broadening, coarsening, and general democratizing of the electorate is historically bad juju. Athens and republican Rome both faced the choice of how concentrated the power of government should be. They chose...poorly. The cosequence for Athens was being torn apart by demagogues until the once-proud and prosperous city descended into irrelevance; Romans, having fought to slough off the shackles of an absolute monarch, dickered their way through an experiment in self-governance - that more closely resembled all-out class warfare - into an absolute monarchy. America is heading down one or another of these roads right now, and it's hard to tell which. However, it pretty well cements the streak that democracy is bad news unless it's diluted.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this, and help would be appreciated. Do you think it's appropriate for you to have the vote as things stand right now? Could you see yourself giving up the right to vote in exchange for seeing some major change in the constitution of society? If not, why?

More on this as it develops.

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