Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people
believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral obligation
to vote, that any sincere vote is morally acceptable, and that
buying, selling, or trading votes is inherently wrong. In this
provocative book, Jason Brennan challenges our fundamental
assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most
citizens--in fact, he argues, many people owe it to the rest of us
not to vote.
Bad choices at the polls can result in unjust laws, needless
wars, and calamitous economic policies. Brennan shows why voters
have duties to make informed decisions in the voting booth, to base
their decisions on sound evidence for what will create the best
possible policies, and to promote the common good rather than their
own self-interest. They must vote well--or not vote at all. Brennan
explains why voting is not necessarily the best way for citizens to
exercise their civic duty, and why some citizens need to stay away
from the polls to protect the democratic process from their
uninformed, irrational, or immoral votes.
In a democracy, every citizen has the right to vote. This book
reveals why sometimes it's best if they don't. In a new afterword,
"How to Vote Well," Brennan provides a practical guidebook for
making well-informed, well-reasoned choices at the polls.
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