July 15, 2009
The women’s franchise seems to be the deadest of dead issues. To express the opinion that it has been damaging to the country at large is to relegate oneself to the marshy backwaters of political discourse. Unless, of course, you’re a billionaire, such as Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal, who expressed in a recent article that the women’s vote has ruined chances for libertarian-style democracy. He is so despondent about the nation’s future, he is putting his hopes in seasteading and outer space communities.
Mike Berman, who sent the link to Thiel’s piece, writes:
Fair or not, every expansion of the voting franchise has moved the country left. As a Jew, I would not have been allowed to vote in most of the states during the early years but the country was probably all the better for it.
Mike sends a link to this 2001 article from American Renaissance that offers a good summary of the mostly silent debate.
Thiel isn’t the only one.:
Lawrence Auster discussed the issue at length in 2007. I was amazed he had the audacity to bring it up.
Posted by Laura Wood in American politics