Mike ("Mish") Shedlock wrote an interesting headline the other day.
Are you going to vote? Before you make a decision, there are two videos I'd like you to watch. The Economist hosted its annual Buttonwood Gathering recently. Many of the world's most prominent economists attend this meeting. Tech Ticker's Aaron Task was there, and spoke with two "liberal" economists, Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz.
Both bewailed the current state of the Empire. Being liberals, they still believe that Improvement is possible, but in putting forth the case for action, they were forced to describe precisely why action must be taken. And in doing so, they both carefully made the Decline Of The Empire case. Sachs, who has always been the Eternal Optimist, brutally deconstructed our political system. It was refreshing to watch.
I assume a person votes only if he thinks something useful might come from it. And choosing the "lesser" of two evils doesn't count. Two evils are still two evils. There is no "lesser" when you're talking about our corrupt political system. Suppose you were given a choice to vote for Hitler or Stalin. You might say "Hitler killed 7 million people, but Stalin killed 20 million. I'll vote for Hitler!" The example is farfetched, but you get the point.
And now the interviews, first Sachs and then Stiglitz.