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Elitism and an Uninformed Electorate

Day 1,843, 14:46 by Dr. Pierre Chang

The biggest problem in eRepublik, and it is absolutely endemic in this country, is the bleeding of real life staples into the realm of the game. In the media today, there are several articles and commentators debating about the "validity" of referendums and the great question of Eden v COT v godknowswhat.

Am I the only one who's willing to admit I feel decidedly uninformed about what to vote? I know little about the alliances and if I'm perfectly honest I don't really care to learn a whole lot about them. Their political stances and actions to me as the common player are irrelevant. I couldn't give two shits on a Sunday Morning about who I'm attacking. The only things I'm interested in are how quickly my rank is ascending and the degree to which I just crushed some twallop I've never heard of. Their allegiances, their beliefs, are null and void.

I can only imagine that the vast majority of the people in this country feel exactly the same. Their mind is on the fight, not the cause.

I am completely 100% opposed to this referendum. It is just another flaming hoop to jump through, another bit of red tape which fundamentally is restricting this country from vital progress. We elect our officials on the assumption that they are qualified to make these decisions for us. After all, that is the basis of a Representative Democracy, the many select the few to make the big decisions.

Did I vote in the last referendum? Yes I did.

Did I vote on the basis of cold hard research painstakingly gathered over the course of several days so my vote could best represent my own personal political views. Absolutely not, I just picked at random.

President Psycho, live up to your name. Break rules and break boundaries. Defy your esteemed peers and make an executive decision. Do away with this silly referendum. The people of Ireland have voted for you to lead us to victory and you should act as such. Make the decision which is best for Ireland. Do not let an uninformed electorate make a decision based on nothing.

The key to winning a game is to know the rules. Let's start playing by them.

Your Lovable Rogue,
Dr. Pierre Chang

 

Comments

Seanan
Seanan Day 1,843, 14:57

Hes going for your title, Padraig. And using a longer vocabulary.

GO FOR THE THROAT!

Sleep is for the weak
Sleep is for the weak Day 1,843, 15:01

You elected me to lead you, now you just have to elect which way you wanna go and I'll take care of rest of it.

Good article tho, 1 year ago I'd do like u propose without eeven thinking to do anything else tbh

Grainne Ni Mhaille
Grainne Ni Mhaille Day 1,843, 15:20

yeah. feck pseudo-democratic representation, half the nation are vote-zombies anyway.
just hurry up and sell the country out to eHR and/or eBG and be done with it, lads.

Ian E CoIeman
Ian E CoIeman Day 1,843, 16:24

wait... so this article is actually advocating elitism... ???

Sleep is for the weak
Sleep is for the weak Day 1,843, 18:20

Grainne on scale 1-10, how mad are you?

Bristel Akina
Bristel Akina Day 1,843, 20:16

We might as well sell out, Grainne, we're doing feck all to do anything else.

Brian Boru
Brian Boru Day 1,843, 20:35

Uninformed we are.

But that hardly means we shouldn't be given a choice, and a fair chance to make that choice.

Sean Power
Sean Power Day 1,843, 21:34

If you play to watch your rank bar fill up youre doing it wrong.....
But you wrote this amusing article...
So you dont!

Bristel Akina
Bristel Akina Day 1,843, 21:56

No Sean, I play to fill up my rank bar bringing glory to Ireland.

But we can't do that without a war.

Sweet Drinker
Sweet Drinker Day 1,844, 05:42

Fighting for our allies brings glory to Ireland Bristel.
Not fighting for ourselves.

orangejuicemmm
orangejuicemmm Day 1,844, 07:30

First newspaper I've subscribed to in about a year and half. Keep up the good work.

orangejuicemmm
orangejuicemmm Day 1,844, 07:31

"The key to winning a game is to know the rules. Let's start playing by them." and a man after IBhoys heart.

collinfigures
collinfigures Day 1,844, 11:38

I informed. And I have an idea of ​​what I want.
So I think it is wrong to put everyone in the same bag.
I think a referendum is valid. If anyone thinks he is not ready to decide whether or you are not interested you can choose to abstain.

But your ignorance can not be reason to question the right of others to choose from.

Dr. Pierre Chang
Dr. Pierre Chang Day 1,844, 13:10

It's an opinion piece, I'm glad you disagree!

My point is that the amount of people who are uninformed vastly outnumber people like yourself who have taken the time to provide themselves with the facts. We elect congress members to vote on these matters under the assumption they are the people who are elected to be informed. I don't think it's wise to defer such a critical decision to the general public.

Dylanb9216
Dylanb9216 Day 1,844, 14:12

I agree, the far left has been dragging this country into an inescapable downward spiral these last few years, its time to fight back!

collinfigures
collinfigures Day 1,844, 16:50

I understand your point, but that leads us to question the entire democratic system.
If people are too ignorant or slovenly to decide what should be their country alliance, then why do you think people can choose good representatives?

I think those who have no interest in the subject simply will not go to vote, so people act normally when something is not interested.. Those with one idea, on the other hand, will go to express their choice and that's legitimate I think.

collinfigures
collinfigures Day 1,844, 16:58

Also this is a game, not like real life. In real life you have thousands of problems and cares about them and and you do not worry about complex issues such as international relations of your country, but here you have the papers in hand, can read and sure many people do it and they will feel happy by deciding something important for the country. That improves your gaming experience.

Sean MacDiarmata
Sean MacDiarmata Day 1,844, 20:57

If by "we elected our officials you mean Congress there are loads in Congress we didn't vote for due to new election rules. If you meant our government again some will say they didn't vote for them.

This is a big decision and as citizens it is our right to decide it, this isn't red tape and I seriously fail to see how you think it is.

Sean MacDiarmata
Sean MacDiarmata Day 1,844, 21:10

Dylan the left saved Ireland from the retards on the right who ran it into the ground for years...lets look at two examples.

IDF - A national army I put so much work into because it helped Ireland, it was ran by the right and they always opposed anything we wanted to do to improve it...it was in a spiral of death that myself and others tried for so long to reverse but you and your friends fought....

Sean MacDiarmata
Sean MacDiarmata Day 1,844, 21:16

Na Fianna - Another creation of the right to feed the lazy elite of the old days, here they got more supplies than everyone in the IDF. They didn't have to work for them and even got loads of stuff when others got nothing, it was a disgrace and was typical that 9/10 of Na Fianna opposed the new IA commune systems because they knew they would have to work for their supplies...no more freebies. I remember Moo trying to restart it for the usual crew when Nith was his MoD..it failed miserably.

Sean MacDiarmata
Sean MacDiarmata Day 1,844, 21:21

We got wiped that term....

The left got us capturing London, moving into Scandanavia which remind me...did the right ever do these Dylan?

All you and the other thicks gave us was a bloated out of date military who's elite was opposed to change and wipes.

Bristel Akina
Bristel Akina Day 1,845, 04:46

Sweet, we can have our tea and drink it too. I find it a bit insulting that all the hard fighting I've done for eIreland has no "honor" to it, as you would have us believe.

Bristel Akina
Bristel Akina Day 1,845, 04:49

And to be honest, the most damage I've ever done in one battle was for Croatia, a great ally and friend of ours. That maybe be very honorable, but so is fighting for your own country.

I've managed to mostly supply myself, and I fight for Ireland at every opportunity. But unfortunately, the current regime and some oldtimers (read Alzheimer's) want to keep us bundled up with no outlet for national pride, which to be honest is the only thing left in this game besides friends that hold interest.

 
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