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Arnold Kling: “The same person who makes a careful decision for himself does not make a careful decision as a voter…People can experience bad outcomes when they vote. Your preferred candidate or policy could lose. Or your side could win and produce bad results. But chances are, you will not go through an error-correction process. Very rarely will a voter say, “I made a mistake. What went wrong? I need to review how I made my choice, so that I do things differently the next time.”… I believe that collective choice means bad choice. We treat voting as a sacred ritual. Then we elect officials who scare us into handing more decisions over to government. We put unwarranted faith in our right to vote, while letting too many of our other rights get taken away.”

Duvvuri Subbarao: “The biggest problem with the IAS is a deeply flawed system of incentives and penalties. The service still attracts some of the best talent in the country, and young recruits come in with sharp minds and full of enthusiasm to ‘change the world’. But soon, they become cogs in the wheels of complacency and acquiescence, turn lazy and cynical, and worse, lose their moral compass…The IAS has to be reformed into a meritocracy.”

Washington Post: “Democracy requires free and fair elections, which are now under threat after the disputed election of 2020. In their new book, E.J. Dionne Jr. and Miles Rapoport offer a solution that has the potential to achieve, as the title suggests, “100% Democracy.” That solution is universal civic duty voting: a formalization of the moral duty to participate in elections. Unlike many other political changes that have been advocated, such as those in President Biden’s failed Freedom to Vote Act, Dionne and Rapoport’s solution does not rely on institutional or technical fixes. Theirs is a wholesale rethinking of the American electorate’s relationship to elections.”

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Rajesh Jain

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