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Related Q&A(s): 502

The Question (ID Number 592)...

    I was surprised to see your answer to Question 502, that you consider a vote for Nader to be throwing a vote away. It seems like that would be inconsistent with your arguments that a short term focus in government is a bad thing and that changed minds have to spread slowly one person at a time. I consider your works to be the authoritative guides on finding a better way to live, so please know I don't mean this adversarially. But I was just curious if you would be inclined to reconsider this stance?

    ...and the response:

    I've never said anywhere that a short term focus on government is "a bad thing." What I've said is that changed minds are needed everywhere, including in the government. Al Gore is the closest we've ever come to putting someone with a changed mind in the White House. Every vote for Ralph Nader was a gestural vote--one that didn't count for anything, since Nader's chance of being elected was zero. If the votes cast for Nader had been cast for Gore instead, they would have been real votes--votes that counted--and we might well now have the most environmentally friendly president in history instead of the most environmentally hostile president in history. The fact that we must think about long term results doesn't preclude thinking about short term results.

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