Why vote?

by Russ Roberts on January 9, 2009

in Podcast

Commenter Russ Wood writes, in response to a previous encouragement to vote for EconTalk in the 2008 Weblog Awards:

From an economic standpoint, why should I vote? The economic way of thinking suggested I should not have voted in the
November elections, but now suggests I should for a frivolous pat on
the back?

I like voting. I have voted in every presidential election since 1972 (including this past one, to my surprise). I don’t do it to affect the outcome. I do it to be part of something. Suffice it to say that this past election was my least favorite vote in a long time.

In the case of EconTalk, if it were for a frivolous pat on the back, I’d agree with Russ Wood. But the reason I’m hoping to win is to attract listeners who chance upon the list of 2008 winners and who might not otherwise find out about EconTalk. I also suspect it will make it a little bit easier, perhaps, to get guests to come on a show that was voted Best Podcast.

The magnitudes of those two  effects might be small or very large. Hard to say. But if you’d like to have a hand in that, please vote every day through this Monday. And though we are currently leading, there is a rising rival, a Harry Potter podcast, that is about to take over second place and will threaten our lead over the weekend unless you get going. So to strike a blow for Volcker over Voldemort, you know what to do.

Vote here.


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