A critcle look at voting

Posted by admin on November 21, 2017 in Articles

Author Katherina Mangu-Ward writes a stunning article in Reason Magazine: “Your vote doesn’t count: why (almost) everyone should stay home on Election Day”. In this article she informs the reader of the negative sides of the presidential election, by stating. “The case for voting relies on factual errors, misunderstandings about the duties of citizenship, and overinflated perceptions of self-worth. There are some good reasons for some people to vote some of the time. But there are a lot more bad reasons to vote, and the bad ones are more popular…” (Magdu-Ward). She backs this opening statement by giving factual proof of how a person’s vote doesn’t count based on raw math. “The expected value of a vote for a candidate is $4.77 x 10 to the -2,650th power. That’s 2,648 orders of magnitude less than a penny.”(Magdu-Ward). She then attacks the main reason people give for voting, “Civic Responsibility” by asserting, “People don’t have enough knowledgeability or background to cast an informed vote” (and) “convincing uninformed citizens to vote is morally wrong” (Magdu-Ward). She suggests potential voters to stay home and get some rest. “Unless you are astonishingly well rested, an hour of sleep is almost certainly worth more to you than an infinitesimal fragment of a penny. She then testifies “The fact of widespread expressive voting explains why elections are silly season. Politicians offer themselves up as opportunities for expressive voting, as aggregations of easily comprehensible slogans rather than as avatars of sensible policy. Ignorant expressive voters, even rationally ignorant ones, may be committing immoral acts. She concludes her standpoint by asserting “So maybe voting is like going to a football game decked out in team colors and cheering as loudly as you can. The chance that your individual voice will sway the outcome of the game is vanishingly small.” This is an argument prevalent across the political world. It asserts that voting is a pointless…