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September 25, 2008
Funny and Fun

This is not funny. Hee.

The Economist would like to see everyone get a vote in the upcoming USofA presidential election. You should go look (it takes a second for the app to load). You can see, country-by-country, which candidate is most popular. It's fun--they've even assigned each country an "electoral" vote, based on the country's population. (At the moment, leaving the default in place? It shows Obama (7,898) over McCain (0). That made me giggle, but it's not a real reflection of the voting, which is light right now but I hope will increase. (BTW, right now they do show the USofA voting 77% for Obama.)

More generally, the idea that the population of the world should have a vote for other country's leaders is sort of interesting. Concepturally. I'd like to see someone consider the implications.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:56 AM


Didn't Kerry get into a bit of trouble talking about taking world opinion seriously? I seem to remember something like that.

I couldn't imagine a system which would give any weight to non-citizens, no. Can you imagine if they were the tiebreakers....

Posted by: Ahistoricality at September 25, 2008 10:11 AM

Face it, Kerry was mostly in trouble for daring to run against Rove's choice for office.

Back on topic, I think this voting thing is interesting. I keep thinking about how local, regional, and international politics could be affected by such a system. I'm fascinated, even if it is just an intellectual exercise.

Especially as a citizen of the USofA. We have such impact all around the world, but the "average" USofA citizen thinks so little about the rest of the world.

I'm going to watch this link. It may be unscientific and even completely inaccurate, but I can't help thinking it will be an interesting perspective.

Posted by: Anne at September 25, 2008 01:34 PM