Traces of Reality
April 7, 2015
Episode 65: “Does Your Vote Really Matter?” with Sheldon Richman
On this edition of Demanufacturing Consent: Guillermo welcomes back Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society, and author of the blog Free Association.
With the 2016 presidential campaign season already underway, we discuss the issue of voting. Is it a duty or a right? President Obama believes voting should be mandatory in the United States, and Sheldon explains what such a law would actually look like in practice, and why it is a horrible idea.
Mandatory or not, does your vote really count? Is there any candidate out there worth voting for? Besides elections, are there issues, initiatives, or referendums worth supporting through the ballot box? And does any of it really make a difference, or do these good intentions actually serve to legitimize an inherently corrupt system?
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