Post Tagged with: "civics"

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

If there is such a thing as a civic religion, then voting might well be considered its high sacrament. We’ve all heard people say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.” But what should we make of those who say, “Not voting means you’ve consented to the status quo”? With another highly polarizing election cycle dead ahead, now is a good time to sort out what our vote represents and how consent plays into the way we choose to vote—or not vote.   Links mentioned: Lessons from a Lemonade Stand: An Unconventional Guide to Government by Connor […]
July 22, 2019
123: Another Election Has Passed…So What?

123: Another Election Has Passed…So What?

Another midterm election cycle has played out with its attendant pageantry and fanfare. For all the attention it garnered, we’re still left asking the question: Has anything actually changed? Have the “I Voted” stickers become the new participation trophy for modern Americans? Citizenship requires that we be engaged in our governance but we’re still left wondering if all the focus on the act of voting is as essential as we make it out to be. Join us as we examine some of the things good citizens should be doing outside of the election cycle.
November 9, 2018
97: Does Voting Legitimize a Failed System?

97: Does Voting Legitimize a Failed System?

As passionate as people tend to get during an election cycle, it can be difficult to maintain perspective. Voting is the minimum level of citizenship yet we treat it like it’s the high sacrament of our civic religion. How much good does it do to vote? Does it lend approval to systems that are primarily looking out for their own interests? In this episode, we discuss the moral and ethical considerations of exercising our vote as well as what we can do outside of voting to affect meaningful change.
July 13, 2018