Abstain from Vote: When is it worth it?

The question arises when abstaining from voting becomes a justifiable, ethical, and valuable political action. In Western politics, an analogy can be drawn to a man falling from a skyscraper. Initially gripped by fear, as he descends to the tenth floor, he reassures himself with the thought, “So far, so good.” Chomsky’s frog provides a more sophisticated illustration. Twelve years ago, Alessandro Tessari, a former Italian MP for the Communist and later Radical Parties, and Ester Tanasso, a political scientist, published a thought-provoking pamphlet. It works in a proportional electoral system, the same as the one used to elect the […]

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