(posted by chris the cynic)
It’s voting day in the United States of America which means that some citizens voted on previous days, some citizens voted earlier today, some are voting now, and most will probably take a pass.
In ancient Athens’ democracy there was a very different style of doing things. They’d get a rope, get red dye on it (I’m honestly not sure if this was by dipping or spreading or what) round up everyone, and force them to go vote. Then they’d look down on anyone who had red dye on their clothes. The reasoning was that if the rope touched you it meant you were on the outside rear of the rounded up pack, and that placement in turn meant that you were insufficiently enthusiastic when it came to voting. Thus shaming. Because what’s the point of living in a hyper-misogynistic slave-holding democracy if you can’t also occasionally shame citizen men too?
So, voting. Thoughts?
What’s it like where you are? Any interesting experiences? Any thoughts on the best way for it to be carried out? Any thoughts in general? Stuff?
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