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The Ethics of Voting$
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Jason Brennan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154442

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154442.001.0001

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How to Vote Well

How to Vote Well

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(p.179) Afterword to the Paperback Edition How to Vote Well
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The Ethics of Voting
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Jason Brennan

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154442.003.0009

This afterword offers various ways to vote well. First, one must not label one's self. One must not join political parties or movements, at least not until one has minimized one's biases. Second, one has to seek out the smartest and best defenses of opposing views. Third, one has to stop, think, learn, and deliberate first to avoid hasty decisions. Fourth, one should avoid the news and focus on social science. The news throws some data but it doesn't give the background knowledge needed to understand it. Ultimately, voters can train themselves to overcome their personal biases, and to vote in a smart, thoughtful way.

Keywords:   good voting, political parties, political movements, news, social science, personal biases

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