Comment 72391

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted December 19, 2011 at 13:50:05 in reply to Comment 72384

If compulsory voting is successful at increasing the level of meaningful civic engagement, then anyone who wants to increase the level of meaningful civil engagement should be at least prepared to consider it on its merits.

I am.

And the very premise doesn't sit well with me.

(But I'd have to take issue with the idea that more voters at the ballot boxes necessarily means that 'increasing the level of meaningful civic engagement' has been achieved. All it necessarily means is that more people are voting. Whoop-de-do. Seriously.)

I have a visceral reaction to the idea of being told you have to do what should be something you do out of a sense of duty, out of social responsibility.

This gets back to my belief that we should have sufficient values and mores inculcated within us during our 'upbringing' to render unnecessary widespread and well-enforced 'laws'. (That is, if the laws are the only things that make society 'good', then we're in fact good and screwed.)

I guess this is a philosophical disagreement, and we're looking at the difference between someone getting fit and healthy to be able to run a 10K, and someone simply using a 10K run as a goal.

Me? I prefer the holistic and organic route.

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