Tuesday, November 04, 2008

No Shame in Staying Home

I am going to go and vote this morning and encourage all of my readers to as well (that's five votes right there).  However, there is something of a fetish made about participation without any observation made regarding the quality of that participation.  If you don't pay any attention to politics, have no notion about our system of governance, or the candidates who are attempting to win your vote, maybe the best and most responsible thing you could do is stay home.  We have a very low participation in voting when compared to other developed countries, but there is also much wider spread apathy regarding governance.  Anyhow, here is an old fortune column from Greg Mankiw on the virtues of not voting for those that aren't terribly engaged.

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