Absolutely. Plenty of evidence shows this modern obsession with cleanliness is bad for us. Only today on the Radio there was a piece about how Leukaemia rates are rising and its linked with lack of exposure and socialisation of children with germs
Well you’re right of course, but I don’t think people are saying we (in the UK) are living in a fascist state – they are saying we are currently moving in the wrong direction. Case in point – fashion has changed and they’re not wearing the big burgundy docs anymore, but after a few decades of being laughed off the streets the Nazi types are starting to feel embolded to come out again.
Trump is more than just a buffoon, and the rise of the far right in the US is more than just Trump. And the far right is enjoying something of a resurgence in plenty of places around Europe too. You’d be quite right to call some of the comments we’ve been seeing hysterical hyperbole, but if you’re suggesting we have nothing to worry about you are dead wrong.
It’s your link! But it’s also the USA, not the UK. Also, waiting 20 minutes to vote at a polling station in town right beside where you live really isn’t the end of the world, rural voters often take longer than that to get to the polling station.
I’m a rather rabid believer that voting is important so it should be easy.
Yup. Just like marriage, raising children, having a career, keeping healthy and fit. We can’t have people having to make a little effort for anything important, can we? :-/
People should be encouraged to vote, but if they can’t really be bothered having a say, that’s fine by me. Someone able-bodied who thinks it isn’t worth the effort to get to the polling station between the hours of 07:00 and 22:00 to cast their vote is probably right!
Your link goes on to explain that that is probably not down to racism, though (at least, not directly):
For example, longer lines correlate with urban areas, and so do black and Hispanic populations. It makes sense that any location with higher population density is going to have more logjams than a rural voting station. (Bolstering the point, individual white voters in racially diverse ZIP codes waited far longer in line than white voters in extremely Caucasian ZIP codes).
Regardless, it’s clearly about provision – there’s no reason it would have to be true here.
Perhaps more importantly, how do you stop coercion? Although this is a problem with postal voting, too.
I’m not sure it’s a good thing anyway, increasing turnout by making it easier to vote. There’s something to be said for discouraging people who don’t care enough to get to a polling station (as long as allowances are made for those with genuine difficulties).