Re: The Education Function
Mon, 14 Dec 1998 09:16:45 -0700 writes:

>Consider the meme.

>"If you don't vote don't care"...

>However...there are no real choices. A Republican votes just like a
>after being elected (with various and sundry excuses as to why).

> vote is to validate the system. NOT voting does not.


I've been struggling with this question for years. I vacillate between the "voting as validation of the system" position and the equally compelling idea that voting can be a means of turning the system against itself. I wish I could make up my mind on this. Maybe it depends on whether a real alternative is available on the ballot.

Generating theories is easy; applying them in the real world is all too often a messy affair.