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A Few Reasonable Words

A Few Reasonable Words features three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science. We analyze current political events through the lens of political theory and research in American politics. Every week we offer a quick reminder about the basics in a segment called Civics for Grownups. We also include recommended readings. Learn more: https://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com/
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A podcast from three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science.

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Oct 29, 2016

Should I vote, and if so, how should I vote? If my vote won't determine the election, does it matter if I vote? Do citizens have a civic duty to vote? If so, is there an ethical duty to vote a certain way? Should I still vote if I don't really know all the information? Is there ever an ethical justification for not voting at all? Are voters morally responsible for the causal effects of their votes? 

Oct 25, 2016

This week we continue a month long series considering the question, “Should I vote?” This week, we consider the questions: Should I vote for a third party candidate? Can my protest vote send a message? Does voting third party mean I am throwing my vote away? We explain why America has a two-party system (that isn’t going anywhere) and consider the good and not-so-good reasons for supporting third party candidates. http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

Oct 15, 2016

This week we continue a month long series considering the question, “Should I vote?” We make the case that partisan margins in Congress matter at least as much as the presidency, and that state and local races probably matter more to our daily lives. http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

 

Oct 8, 2016

This week we begin a month long series considering the question, “Should I vote?” We begin with the presidency. Is the presidency even that big a deal? Does the president have real power? Even if the office is important, are the two candidates basically the same? http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

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