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The Desire to Vote

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Economists like to talk about how voting is irrational [2].  And some people argue, perhaps correctly, that voting and democracy are "western" ideas that cannot find root in say, the Middle East.  And surely democracy is oversold and romanticized, especially without a constitution and a culture that respects that constitution.  But as elections loom in Iraq, this picture

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from the Washington Post’s coverage [4] (rr) of last week’s Egyptian election is worth much more than a thousand words.