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Am I a bad person if I don't vote?

Am I a bad person if I don't vote?

Update: 2023-01-06


Do you have a moral duty to vote? Are you letting down your country if you don't make the effort to ballot?

Last episode, we looked at whether voting was rational. This episode we shift focus and ask whether you have a duty - a moral obligation - to vote, whether or not you think voting makes sense.

Surveys show most people feel you do have a duty to vote - and most moral and political philosophers agree. But why? We look at a few of the major arguments, including the generalization argument, the civic virtue argument and the complicity argument. Other themes we touch on are the theory of easy-aid, free-riding and Arrow's Impossibility Theorem (more on that here).

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Am I a bad person if I don't vote?

Am I a bad person if I don't vote?

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