Election 2.0

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October 30, 2016

Americans head to the polls amid mounting political rhetoric, from both sides, about vote rigging and voter supression. Maybe it's time to rethink the way we do elections. In this episode, we surface some ingenious, off-the-wall, and counter-intuitive ideas about how to make voting fairer, better and more fun.

  1. You've Been Micro-Targeted

    Political microtargeters develop sophisticated and subterranean campaigns to win vulnerable voters. Cathy O'Neil, data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org, warns that politicians are perilously close to being able to tell voters only what they want to hear.

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  2. Are Americans Smart Enough To Vote? (The Answer is No)

    The average American voter is NOT smarter than a 5th grader, doesn't understand basic political facts and should probably not be allowed to vote. Philosopher Jason Brennan makes the case for an epistocracy: the rule of the knowledgeable.

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  3. US Elections Rank Worst Among Western Democracies

    Researchers at the Electoral Integrity Project analyzed elections in 153 countries. The US ranked below a lot of countries - Sweden, Norway, Costa Rica, Slovenia, and 50 others.  Pippa Norris tells us what we could learn from our democratic neighbors.

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  4. Pay To Vote? How Markets Could Fix Democracy

    Economist E. Glen Weyl has invented a market-driven voting system that he believes is much fairer and more democratic than one-vote-per-person majority rule.  It's called Quadratic Voting and it starts with giving everyone a bunch of tokens, or chips, along with a simple mathematical formula for voting.

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  5. Should We Let Babies Vote?

    If democracy means balancing everyone's interests, then why shouldn't children -- and even babies -- have a vote?  Political scientist and columnist Jonathan Bernstein makes the case for letting kids as young as twelve take part in elections. 

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  6. How To Make Elections Fun Again

    A lot of American citizens don't bother to vote.  Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, says "there's no such thing as not voting." He tells us why citizens are more powerful than they think and how he's trying to reinvigorate the culture of voting.

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