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The ethics of voting

  • Oct 27, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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On November 6, our country will witness what we have eagerly anticipated for so many months: the end of campaign ads!

And also the election results.

To usher in Election Day 2012, Socrates Café will discuss the ethics of voting at its October meeting. Among the questions we may discuss are: Do you feel a civic obligation to vote? Have you ever felt you should not vote? What constitutes an unethical vote? Who should and should not be entitled to vote? Are voter identification initiatives ethical?

An interesting starting point is a recent book entitled “The Ethics of Voting” by an assistant professor of philosophy at Brown University. The first chapter is available at Here is a brief description from the publisher:

“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.”

As always, this Meetup is free, but donations will be accepted to offset the $12 monthly cost of this Meetup page.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    That's a deep question.

    October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic. Inspiring. Thought-provoking. Moving. Disturbing. Awakening.

    October 27, 2012

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