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Yet another weird SF fan

Sunday, August 29, 2004

I'd Like to Give the World a Vote …

There's a web site (seen via Random Nuclear Strikes (seen via Eternity Road)) that's trying to let the world vote for U.S. President:

In today's world, all nations are inextricably interconnected. The United States is the most powerful and influential nation in the world. Everyone everywhere will be affected by the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

What if the whole world could vote in this election?

Please choose a candidate and select your country, then click the VOTE button.

This isn't as absurd as it looks. Under similar circumstances during the Roman Republic, Rome's “allies” tried revolting against Roman unilateralism. The revolt was stopped by giving them the right to vote in Roman elections … which soon became more useless than ever.

On the other hand, the fact that it isn't absurd implies that it's more dangerous than it looks.

According to Random Nuclear Strikes:

If you live in Maine and keep choosing one boneheaded lefty after another, then can I vote in your elections here in Ohio? I mean all fifty states are so interconnected and we all are so tied to each other economicaly, maybe the rest of us should get the chance to decide for you, since you suck at making your own choices and all.
We can be more specific. Since New York is the most influential city in the U.S., clearly it should let the rest of the U.S. vote for mayor. … Wait a minute, it's starting to make sense now …


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