Fie on Politics

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Nicholas Weeks
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Fie on Politics

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:45 am

For this season, in the USA, this advice from a conservative is excellent. For those who are of another persuasion, just alter her service avenues - but aim to increase beauty.

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/436218/print
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Nietzsche

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Re: Fie on Politics

Post by Kim O'Hara » Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:35 am

That's certainly a more positive response than simply opting out, but it doesn't really solve the electoral problem. If you choose not to vote for the least-bad candidate, you are allowing someone else's vote for the worst candidate to count towards electing him/her. (That's true whether you're a conservative or a progressive or a pastafarian.)
And the more concerned you are about the political situation, the more likely you are to make an intelligent moral choice, so the more important your vote is.
:thinking:

Of course, choosing to vote doesn't stop you also doing something in your community to make it a better place.

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Re: Fie on Politics

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:13 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:That's certainly a more positive response than simply opting out, but it doesn't really solve the electoral problem. If you choose not to vote for the least-bad candidate, you are allowing someone else's vote for the worst candidate to count towards electing him/her. (That's true whether you're a conservative or a progressive or a pastafarian.)
And the more concerned you are about the political situation, the more likely you are to make an intelligent moral choice, so the more important your vote is.
:thinking:

Of course, choosing to vote doesn't stop you also doing something in your community to make it a better place.

:namaste:
Kim
I do not read her piece as saying 'do not vote', but go ahead and vote, but start focusing on service for others, and get your mind & heart beyond politics. At least for 2016 political season.
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Nietzsche

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