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Change my mind: Hectoring others to vote is like hectoring others to recycle – Publications – AEI

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AEI Change my mind: Hectoring others to vote is like hectoring others to recycle Proposal: There are no major differences between: Statement A: I think everybody has an obligation to vote, because it’s your obligation as a member of society to participate in preserving, advancing, and promoting our democracy and our society for future generations. Low voter turnout dooms our political future. and Statement B: I think everybody has an obligation to recycle, because it’s your obligation as a member of society to participate in preserving, advancing, and promoting our environment and scarce resources for future generations. Low rates of recycling doom our environmental future. I think one thing both statements have in common is the assignment of a value of zero on the opportunity cost of

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Change my mind: Hectoring others to vote is like hectoring others to recycle

Change my mind: Hectoring others to vote is like hectoring others to recycle - Publications – AEI

Proposal: There are no major differences between:

Statement A: I think everybody has an obligation to vote, because it’s your obligation as a member of society to participate in preserving, advancing, and promoting our democracy and our society for future generations. Low voter turnout dooms our political future.

and

Statement B: I think everybody has an obligation to recycle, because it’s your obligation as a member of society to participate in preserving, advancing, and promoting our environment and scarce resources for future generations. Low rates of recycling doom our environmental future.

I think one thing both statements have in common is the assignment of a value of zero on the opportunity cost of other peoples’ time. And in both cases, there is a certain element of religious/political/environmental fervor, zeal and fundamentalism.

As Steven Crowder would say “Change my mind”!

 

Change my mind: Hectoring others to vote is like hectoring others to recycle
Mark Perry

Mark Perry
Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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