WHEN:
SATURDAY, June 21, 2008 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Thoughts on Voting
Talk to be given at The Atlas Society 2008 Summer Seminar
You are invited to critique the talk to help Jackie prepare for the
presentation as the Summer Seminar.

SPEAKER:
Jackie Hazelton

ABSTRACT:
In November 2008 we will again be faced with voting for President of the U.S.
and other political offices. Objectivists, at least the ones I know in
Arizona, are divided into three groups when it comes to attitudes on voting:
those who don’t vote, those who vote Libertarian and those who vote for one
of the mainstream party candidates. Objectivism doesn’t appear to lead to
agreement on how political views should be expressed via voting. Why is
that? What did Rand have to say about voting? What illogical notions
surround the idea of voting? Is the current pluralistic voting system used
in the U.S. a good one? If not, what voting system would be better and how
would you go about evaluating a voting system? Should you vote and if so,
how can Objectivism aid you in making your selection? This talk will address
these and other questions concerning voting. The talk will NOT be an
analysis of the candidates for President in the 2008 election, but it should
give you an approach to do your own analysis from an Objectivist
perspective.

OUTLINE:

I. BACKGROUND AND DEFINITIONS

II. REASONS FOR VOTING

III. REASONS FOR NOT VOTING

IV. WHAT RAND AND PEIKOFF HAD TO SAY ABOUT VOTING

V. HOW TO EVALUATE A VOTING SYSTEM

VI. VOTING SYSTEMS COMPARED
A. Plurality
B. Borda Count
C. Condorcet
D. Instant Runoff
E. Approval
F. Range

VII. CONCLUSION

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

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