We value our democracy, but few appear to appreciate the value of that idea (based on registered voters who actually vote). Suppose instead the voting system we claim to treasure above all others reflected a duty to defend it. A few adjustments to the current system might be worth considering: 1. Make voting mandatory. How you'd enforce that is unclear, but the Australians appear to have some ideas. 2. Require voters to pass a simple test of the policies put forward by those they're voting for. Should you be able to demonstrate you have actual knowledge of a candidate's platform and proposed initiatives, then your vote counts. Fail, and your vote goes into the trash and you pay a small penalty for wasting your role in democracy. 3. Require voters to stand by their choice - no more anonymous voting. Here, you can answer to your neighbour as they answer to you. Don't want to pay a vehicle registration tax? Fine. Your use of infrastructure is plainly spelled out as a burden you expect everyone else to carry.
Vote, or else (not a modest proposal)
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