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Democracy

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Election time is slowly approaching - which means voting. Democratic voting seems an ok way to do things, but it does have a few side-effects. While I know there's no perfect voting system, and I'm not suggesting any changes, my thoughts on why elections aren't that interesting:
My vote counts for too much: I'm a debt-less uni student, not renting, working for a US company, and most likely will be not in this country in a few years, it'd be nice if I could somehow optionally weight my vote downwards, but that's not (legally) allowed.
Actually, my vote doesn't matter: My local MP is Alexander Downer - it's not like he's not going to win by many votes, so who I vote for doesn't really make much difference at all. Now, the usual response from people when I say this is: "But what if everyone thought this way?". To which my response is always that they'll think that way whether I do or not, it still doesn't make any difference. The ot…