Saturday, May 23, 2009

On Apathy and Big Government

From National Service, Political Socialization, and Citizenship by Eric B. Gorham.
An apathetic public also abdicates responsibility for solving problems to representatives and administrators (who in a democracy, are checked by an active public).
A good reason to make the effort to learn and be involved in the political process.

When fewer and fewer citizens care, when progressively more voters feel alienated, when everyday people feel as though their voice can't be heard, big government is the natural outcome. The elected officials who lack the input of their constituents or who only hear the input of a certain segment of their constituency will not make decisions that reflect the desires of those they represent. Only those whose voices are loudest.

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