5 minutes | Oct 26th 2020

Will You Do Your Duty?

"In one sense, it’s hard to argue with the statistics that any individual’s vote makes a difference. One person out of so many? When more than 50% of the population doesn’t even bother? In a country of gerrymandering and voter suppression? In the other, it’s stunning to think that the 2016 US presidential election, which saw some 135 million votes, was decided by roughly 77,000 ballots across three states. Michigan was swung by just 10,000 voters.

But to this argument, the Stoic would scoff. Whether your vote counts or not is not the reason that one should engage in the democratic process."

Ryan describes why a Stoic takes the time to engage carefully with the democratic process—and exhorts everyone to vote—in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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