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It is in the prosecution of some single object, and in striving to reach its accomplishment by the combined application of his moral and physical energies, that the true happiness of man, in his full vigour and development, consists. Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with repose; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm our eyes. If we consider the position of man in the universe,—if we remember the constant tendency of his energies towards some definite activity, and recognize the influence of surrounding nature, which is ever provoking him to exertion, we shall be ready to acknowledge that repose and possession do not indeed exist but in imagination. - Wilhelm von Humboldt, The Sphere and Duties of Government (The Limits of State Action) (1854 ed.)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sure, but so what?

Sure, it might be the case that the "average" voter is dissimilar to the "average" American, but so what? Maybe all those who do not vote because, well, you know they just do not want to. Not biggie. Sure, half the population is not represented but that is their choice.

Except, that is not the case either:

First, for those people who are not registered to vote 50% are so because politics is "uninteresting" or their "vote would not make a difference":

And of those, the greater the level of education the less likely to be unregistered:

Second, for those people who are registered but did not vote 20% did so because they were "uninterested" or "did not like the candidates":

And of those, the greater the level of education the less likely to not vote:

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