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March 05, 2006



"But voting is (regrettably) free..."

you can't let a comment like that go without explaining yourself.

Paul Davies

I think he did once... probably around May


Sorry, Stu - I wrote about it here.
In a nutshell, making people pay to vote:
1. allows them to express the intensity of their preferences.
2. internalizes an externality.
3. forces people to think.
4. increases the case for asset redistribution, because efficient voting mechanisms are only politically acceptable if they don't give too much power to the rich.

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