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  • septimine
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    It's interesting, but I think that the lower levels of participation by the poor and minorities might be an effect, not a cause. Think about it, if you vote for a few cycles and get absolutely nothing out of it, are you going to go out of your way to vote ? Especially given that if you're working hourly, voting can literally cost you money? (By reducing hours on Election Day) they get at best neutral feedback (no results) and at worst punished (loss of income when there's a greater need for every dollar you can get) I don't see much reason that someone would risk getting wrote up for taking a long lunch, lose $10 when they can't afford the basics, and get nothing out of the act of voting. I wouldn't vote then.

  • ColonBowel
    +2

    How does Federalism prevent socialism?

    • MAGISTERLUDI
      +3

      It doesn't, this is Salon, nothing has to/should make sense.

      • rosellem
        +4

        Salon sucks, that's the reason I posted this article. I find the data fascinating here, but I'd like some more intelligent musings on what is causing it then Salon gives.

        • septimine
          +3

          The best description of the American system is "managed democracy " or "inverse totalitarian ". As far as getting things done, the democratic system is mostly for show. By the time a political figure stands for even statewide office, those who fund political campaigns have long since vetted and approved him. If he wasn't good for them, he wouldn't be able to run.

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