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Then again, let me see. If all the 2002 guilt-ridden voters of the then "alternative left" massively vote for Royal this time, she'll be far ahead of Sarkozy. And if Sarkozy is estimated at 30% and Le Pen +20%, it just might work if I could convince everyone I know, and they could convince everyone they know etc, to do the same.

No, no, there is just no way in the world.

by Alex in Toulouse on Wed Oct 4th, 2006 at 06:49:29 PM EST
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Which reminds me of a story. In 1995, this quite anarchist(ic) friend of mine had decided to randomly pick a candidate (shuffling the ballots upside down in his hand), and had told everyone that it had fallen on Le Pen ... and despite his hatred of the man, he had to stick to his anarchist theory/desire, and had voted for him.

But he recently confessed (a decade later) that he had been pulling our leg all this time, and that he had indeed randomly picked Le Pen, then promptly concluded that this was a stupid tactic, and then voted for a candidate of the Left (but he didn't tell us which one).

And to think that for a decade I told this story to countless leftie intellectuals, as it was meant to embody anarchism at its worst. The lies, all the lies ...

by Alex in Toulouse on Wed Oct 4th, 2006 at 06:54:29 PM EST
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Perhaps we should establish a law by which any Blank vote prompts a machine to randomly pick a candidate to replace the Blank ballot ... imagine how screwed up that would be. Parties would then have to have really really serious campaigns and candidates, to reassure Blank voters into voting (for fear of not being elected, due to random picks of obscurantist pro-life creationist parties).

The Blank vote would finally mean something.

by Alex in Toulouse on Wed Oct 4th, 2006 at 07:00:02 PM EST
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Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 4th, 2006 at 07:03:09 PM EST
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by Alex in Toulouse on Wed Oct 4th, 2006 at 07:05:04 PM EST
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Hmm, it could work the other way around though. ie. encourage Blank voters not to vote Blank.
by Alex in Toulouse on Wed Oct 4th, 2006 at 07:04:00 PM EST
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If the blank ballot spaces have the majority, the position should be left unfilled. There should always be a "none of the above" option.
by asdf on Wed Oct 4th, 2006 at 11:03:00 PM EST
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Well, that will teach you try to draw conclusions from anecdotal evidence. Obviously this had nothing to do with any serious interpretation of anarchism; the guy is merely a stupid liar.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Thu Oct 5th, 2006 at 06:15:05 PM EST
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Try not to insult my friends.
by Alex in Toulouse on Thu Oct 5th, 2006 at 07:45:19 PM EST
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