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Dr. Eric Daniels on Why Voting Doesn't Matter

Radio Interview: 24 October 2012

I interviewed Dr. Eric Daniels on "Why Voting Doesn't Matter" on Philosophy in Action Radio on 24 October 2012. Listen to or download the podcast below.

Many people believe that voting is a crucial civic duty, and people often argue vociferously about who to vote for, particularly for US President. Are such arguments a waste of breath? Does your vote actually matter?

Dr. Eric Daniels is a research assistant professor at Clemson University's Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin.

Tags: Elections, Politics, Voting

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Subjects Discussed

The subjects discussed in this episode were:
  • Voting does not convey your beliefs to politicians
  • Single votes versus margins of error
  • What if nobody voted
  • What if everybody voted
  • The right to complain about politics
  • The importance of the franchise
  • How to make a difference in politics, apart from voting
  • Voting as a matter of activist credibility
  • Influencing elections via voting blocs
  • Influencing elections by influencing mass voting versus abstaining
  • The anarchist argument against voting

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