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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 12:45 PM
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4. Blu: What a Lucky Kid...
... you have.

Instead of giving a falsely authoritative answer, you taught your son that sometimes good questions lead to imperfect answers.

Depending on his attention span (and yours), and your level of interest, you might look at what happened in Ancient Athens - where democracy was practiced much more openly and directly.

Your local library probably has some good books on the subject, too.

You might also throw some questions back his way (a la Socrates, who posed hard questions to the Athenians during the democracy's decline).

For instance, what would he predict might happen if his class officer elections were open ballots?

Or what would he predict might happen if students had to vote for their favorite teacher, with the teachers watching the vote?

; )

Once he begins to grapple with why we have secret ballots, then maybe he'll begin to ponder on how to make those ballots secure and auditable.

- Dave
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  -Please Help Me Answer My Son~ Bluerthanblue  Jan-09-08 12:36 PM   #0 
  - So your boss can't fire you or the government can't arrest you if you vote the wrong way.  GodlessBiker   Jan-09-08 12:38 PM   #1 
  - So their vote cannot be used against them.  youthere   Jan-09-08 12:41 PM   #2 
  - Thanks to you both-I understand the theory of your answers-  Bluerthanblue   Jan-09-08 01:00 PM   #5 
     - This is not a free society, nor is it a democracy.  RedCappedBandit   Jan-09-08 01:04 PM   #7 
     - "is this a 'free' country if we have to fear people knowing who we'd choose as a leader?" No, and..  uppityperson   Jan-09-08 01:26 PM   #8 
     - don't get me wrong-  Bluerthanblue   Jan-09-08 04:05 PM   #11 
     - Even in a free country people can dislike you, or shun you for your choices.  mondo joe   Jan-09-08 01:30 PM   #9 
        - I agree, and I'm not saying that you shouldn't be able  Bluerthanblue   Jan-09-08 03:59 PM   #10 
  - So you can answer some annoying poll one way and then vote another way. n/t  Zywiec   Jan-09-08 12:44 PM   #3 
  - Blu: What a Lucky Kid...  CorpGovActivist   Jan-09-08 12:45 PM   #4 
  - hmmm  Genanderson   Jan-09-08 01:02 PM   #6 

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