Voting With Your Wallet
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 16 October 2011, Question 2
I answered a question on voting with your wallet on Philosophy in Action Radio on 16 October 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is it wrong to "vote with your wallet"? A liberal friend of mine recently said that he won't vote for political candidates based on his own economic interests – for example, that Candidate A promises to raise taxes on his income bracket, while Candidate B promises to cut taxes for that bracket. He votes based on his agreement with the total political program, not its effects on his paycheck. What's right or wrong with his approach?
My Answer, In Brief: To speak of "voting with your wallet" is a horrible package-deal that conflates violations of rights with the protection of rights. A person should vote for politicians based on their in-practice commitment to individual rights.
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