Post Tagged with: "democracy"

113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

In a republic form of government, lawmaking is generally handled by elected representatives of the people. But is there also a place for direct democracy, where the people can exercise their franchise on specific issues via ballot initiative? In this episode, we explore the pros and cons of the initiative process as well as when and where it may be necessary to limit the power we’ve delegated to government.
September 7, 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
93: Democracy Fails Because Voters Are Ignorant

93: Democracy Fails Because Voters Are Ignorant

Whenever someone points out that we are ignorant in some form or another, it’s human nature to get defensive or angry. That’s a shame, because rational ignorance is part of life. It’s what should be prompting us to improve our understanding or to seek out greater truth. Nowhere is rational ignorance more noticeable than at the voting booth. Uninformed voters can cause tremendous damage when they lend their support to people and policies they don’t understand. It’s not a matter of purely ideological or political disagreement. Effective citizenship goes well beyond simply casting a vote on election day. 
June 29, 2018