Kristiansen: Don’t be an idiot, vote without fear in America

There you are, in ancient Athens, in front of the bronze jar, holding your ostracon, a pottery shard on which you have incised the name of the person you wish to exile from the city. If the person gets a majority of votes against him he will be exiled for 10 years. There has been a great deal of argument and even shoving in the agora about the demerits of the man facing the verdict of the citizens. And you are about to vote. (Capital)

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