: Funny, indeed. It's only the POOREST PEOPLE who don't vote (The Nation, 11 November 1996, p. 5). I thought it was the RICH who were 'satiated.'
: Stuart's greatest line: 'Better for you to get very hungry and find out what a blessing that menial job really is.'
: That'll keep 'em going to the polls!
Well, Barry, in the american context what you say is certainly true, and thenotion that people don't vote because they're 'satiated' is patently ridiculous. However, teh problem with your hypothesis is that it would seem to predict that in EVERy society that falls short of pure communism (since you seem to suggest that social democracy and partial socialism are as bad as capitalism) the poor peopel would not vote. In fcat, in India, teh world's largets democracy, the poor tend to vote in disproportionate numbers, and it is the wealthier people who stay away from the polls. Possibly because they know that they'd only get embarassed; there is NO WAY a capitalist government is ever going to accede to power in india in the near future.