Let’s talk solutions: Democracy

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There was a time not too long ago when I still believed in the compulsory vote in Australia. I held on to this belief throughout leadership spills based on the notion that all citizens of a free nation should be heard, and be compelled to be involved in the democratic process and the decision making apparatus of the nation in which they reside. It took some time for this notion to wither away with me, but when it began to crack it dwindled rapidly. Following the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd fiasco, I thought democracy was damaged but repairable as the main combatants were of the left and therefore sub-par human beings. That was of course quite naive as the ousting of Abbott showed. By the time the recent Libspill came around my confidence in the compulsory vote as an invaluable element of a functioning democracy had utterly diminished.

This total diminishing came in phases. For a time I was of the thinking that the compulsory vote should be confined to citizens aged over 25. That way young adults have time to get an idea of the way things work – ie economics, industrial relations, foreign policy etc. – before being compelled to involve themselves in such processes. But given the amount of information required to be able to make sound judgements on increasingly complex public policy issues, it’s unlikely that many people will be able to take the time out of their busy days to attain a holistic understanding of anything.

There’s also the issue of force. Anything that is imposed on a population by law and punishable by fines is essentially state coercion, which ultimately requires the use of force. If a citizen refuses to pay a fine because of their disapproval of the manner in which politics is conducted in this country, the state will maximise its revenue grab and insist the citizen comply before sending an agent of state control to said citizen’s residence and forcing them to comply.

I’ve found this coercion increasingly unjustified, and not necessarily because our major parties can’t convince their ministers to back a leader. The fact of the matter is very few people are interested in politics, and how can anyone blame them? It’s an absolute circus propped up by our very own Australian Pravda.

Observing both upper and lower houses is like watching a bunch of school kids hurling insults and smear at a handful of mature adults who think they can somehow win them over with rationality, while a splatter of real Australians throw well-meaning but ill-informed slogans and gestures into the mix. Now add to this the fact that many studies have shown that very few voters will actually vote for policies. Christopher Achens and Larry Bartels are among numerous political scientists whose research has found that:

“Voters don’t have anything like coherent preferences. Most people pay little attention to politics; when they vote, if they vote at all, they do so irrationally and for contradictory reasons”.

Stop and actually have a think about this for a moment. Have you ever heard people dislike Tony Abbott’s ears or thought Kevin Rudd was a poindexter? Or perhaps you’ve come across people that think that it’s about time we had a woman in charge because…. …. Reasons. Under the current legal framework, all of these people are required to vote on a plethora of very serious issues.

There have also been findings that suggest that mandatory voting tends to favour leftist parties, and this is not so difficult to explain. Leftist politics are based on simplistic concepts that appeal to the economically illiterate, ignorant and naïve. The left relies on these ignorant and naïve minions and the Greens have fairly recently put forward a motion that would allow 16 year olds the right to vote. This measure would have undoubtedly granted them more power in both houses.

Out of the reasons above, it’s these latter ones that have made me abandon the concept of obligatory voting and thus brought me to my present disposition in this slow phasing out of belief in the present system. Furthermore, it was watching Stefan Molyneux interviewing people in Sydney that really obliterated the camel’s back, and slammed the nail in the already scorched coffin for me.

What we – as a society – need to do is implement a Democracy that Socrates would have probably preferred. Socrates compared mob voting to a ship at sea where everyone was allowed an equal vote on how the ship was sailed and in what direction. Socrates posed the question to Adamants who he would prefer navigating the waters, the seasoned sea farers or the ordinary citizens. The obvious and most rational response was of course those trained in all things maritime. So why then do we trust just anyone to influence a nation which faces much more complex decisions with potentially catastrophic outcomes on a myriad of people? His main point was that “Voting in a Democracy is a skill, not a random intuition”.

Not only should voting not be mandatory, it should be tightly restricted to people who can demonstrate emotional maturity, cognitive ability and a basic understanding of the various policy portfolios. There should be an eligibility criteria where by a voting candidate must show that they pay, and have paid taxes for a certain amount of time, and from there be tested on the various areas stated above.

The obvious outcome of this is a more reasonable voter who can only be persuaded by reasoned evidence, but it also has an inevitable flow on effect to the media and the politicians themselves. The number of charlatans in the realm of politics, hoping to hoodwink the masses with catch phrases, slogans and promises of free stuff would be reduced. Too many voters will be asking pesky things like ‘how are you going to afford all of that?’ or ‘what are the long term impacts of your policy?’ or even ‘why don’t you bring back coal as it works better and climate dogma is proven nonsense?’ In the absence of charlatans in politics the media may have to report on matters of verifiable truth, as they would have the struggle of convincing rational people to favour their preferred candidates, which would now exceedingly difficult given the lack of politicians in Parliament attempting to sell snake oil to drugged up inner city hipsters.

This is my proposed solution to the issue of moronic voting patterns and idiots in office. Feel free to contribute by commenting below.

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Samuel Medici
Samuel studied International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies and is deeply interested in conflict and strategy. He first became interested in Geopolitics after listening to a rap group known as the Outlaws who's individual rappers are named after military dictators, a couple of whom have now been deposed. The ingenious, proportionate and moral application of aggression are a common theme in Samuel's writing, along with an eloquently sinister red pilling with the intent of decimating the Neo-Marxist status quo. One might say, a red pillaging. Samuel served in the Australian Army. He draws inspiration for his writing from the likes of Christopher Hitchens, Dinesh D'Souza, Steven Crowder, Eazy E, Tywin Lannister and Conan the Barbarian. His long term aspiration is to see leftist thought diagnosed as a character disorder and no longer serve as a political leaning. 
  • thegentlemantroll

    I think I’m also losing enthusiasm for compulsory voting. And for some time now I think being a net payer into the system (a taxpayer) should be a pre-requisite. To go to a far extreme, even public servants would be excluded. Now that’s a way to small government.

  • fimbulwinter

    People tend to equate number of degrees to intelligence which is not necessarily true. You can’t have a vote based on merit system, as the testing will be completely arbitrary. Scummy lawyers would easily manipulate such questionnaires to restrict voting to greens voters. The best solution is what Mattys Modern Life suggested – voting rights are only available if you pay tax and forfeited if you get even a single dollar from the state. I’ll add though that public servants, foreigners, non Australian born citizens and criminals should all be barred regardless of the tax they pay.

  • James

    Yes and hell no.
    Yes voting should be voluntary. So should preferencing. Absolutely no question.
    But no way should there be any sort of merit test. That’d be nuts. It’d immediately and permanently entrench arrogance and a two tier society of the entitled and the unentitled. Remember Socialists never want people to be able to choose because they fear the people might not choose socialism.
    There’s a strong argument to raise the voting age now the young are spending more years in school where they’re being bombarded with political indoctrination. 24 would probably be a reasonable age but to do that consideration would have to be given to the unfairness of taxation of those under that age unable to vote.
    The question of the appropriateness of people on the public payroll being able to vote is a signifigant one. They’ll only vote for more money and less responsibility. My suggestion on that is give the option of pay full tax on income and get to vote or choose tax exemption and forgo entitlement to vote.

    • Andrew Thompson

      i’ve never experienced the indoctrination myself, sure I’ve definitely seen second hand evidence of it but it’s fairly easy to avoid

      • James

        The perverse thing is students have no reason to suspect what they’re being told is politically biased.
        My kids copped plenty.

        • Andrew Thompson

          the thing is, i only do STEM and I don’t socialise

  • McMansplainer

    need to reverse women’s suffrage. women were never equipped by nature to run the state. open borders, refugees, feminism, empathetic non-solutions to problems, general softness, conciliation with things we should reject outright, harmonisation rather than preservation – can all be traced to feminine instincts.

    The most feminine Western nation is the one most destroying itself: Sweden

    Look at how chimps behave: there’s no females guarding their tribe’s borders.

    more evidence: how many women comment here and actually care about the management of the state? a tiny minority to be sure. and of those, there’s most likely a man cultivating their interest behind the scenes

    if you offered women $10,000 shopping vouchers, renewed annually, most would gladly trade in their voting rights. that is woman, no point trying to change her.

    • Ron Mortimer

      Yes, I agree that most women are as you describe them, but there are a few that aren’t like that. Some are born with male brains.

      • thegentlemantroll

        That sounds a little like gender theory to me…

        • Ron Mortimer

          OK, perhaps that is just my shorthand for rational, non vaginocentric, not easily triggered etc, you get the drift….you must have met a couple ?

          • McMansplainer

            i’m vaginocentric, especially around women, lol.

    • Andrew Thompson

      i”d do that, and i’m male

  • Jael

    Very convincing arguments. Until …

    “I’m sorry, sir, but you’ve demonstrated that you’re not ready for the privilege of voting in our non-compulsory democracy. What did you do? Don’t you know? We have a zero hate-speech policy here in Australia, and you’ve violated that on several occasions by writing for the XYZ. You’ve also demonstrated your emotional immaturity by sharing memes about Hillary Clinton that could cause people to view her in a negative light. We’re sorry, but we’ll have to send you to our state-sponsored high-security kindergarten until you’re ready to be an adult with the rest of us.”

  • Ron Mortimer

    How about a real democracy a la Swiss style? Referendums and voter veto of laws.

  • Jonathan

    Something in the vicinity of what Putin is doing thanks. Why let degenerates and subversives have a say in anything, let alone how the country is run?

  • Jai_Normosone

    Hmmm… I am still on the path of compulsory voting but I would qualify that as voting for what matters rather than leaving it to the dipshits who claim to speak for us and then forget all their promises as soon as they inside the Ivory Towers of parliament.

    Compulsory vote for all:
    – Increase in taxes.
    – Increase in politician pay (and senior bureaucrats who get 3 times this amount before moving onto their next fuck-up role).
    – Foreign aid – particularly to Islamic nations.
    – Opening and/or closing the borders.
    – Changes to the Acts that control welfare such that career bludgers and polygamists can claim for a multitude of kids and wives.
    – Changes to laws where penalties are dramatically increased yet the people are only informed via the Public Notices in some backwater newspaper.
    – Determination on whether to have some horse-shit politically-motivated vote intended to make a minority feel special about their morally-questionable and medically-dangerous acts.