Dr. Eric Daniels on Why Voting Doesn't Matter
Radio Interview: 24 October 2012
I interviewed Dr. Eric Daniels on "Why Voting Doesn't Matter" on 24 October 2012. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
Many people believe that voting is a crucial civic duty, and people often argue vociferously about who to vote for, particularly for US President. Are such arguments a waste of breath? Does your vote actually matter?
Dr. Eric Daniels is a research assistant professor at Clemson University's Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin.
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