Yes granted the following is from the US. But equally it would not be surprising if there is a not insignificant proportion of people in Australia who think similarly. And they not only vote but are required to vote.
The following is from a 32-year-old white man from Massachusetts who works in publishing. (Note the importance of identifying race and gender)
Democracy is pretty overrated. I would be totally content with a benevolent oligarchy making policy decisions for me. I’m not an expert in medicine, so I don’t decide who gets to be a doctor, and I’m not an expert in engine repair, so I don’t decide who gets to be a mechanic. Since I’m also not an expert in government, so why insist that I decide who governs me?
As Americans, we are so thoroughly conditioned to hold voting rights sacred and to insist that we have a say in our government. I think we’d all be a lot happier if we worried less about who was running for what office and let someone else make those decisions for us, but to a lot of people that sounds downright un-American.
Cats may recall a recent survey done by the CIS that found that
almost two thirds (of Millennials) agreed that “Capitalism has failed and government should exercise more control of the economy”.
If this is not a reason to end compulsory voting and for introducing voter pre-qualification, TAFKAS does not know what is. If there is a test that must be passed before qualifying for citizenship then certainly there can be a test that must be passed before being allowed to vote.
And even better, can we have a test that must be passed before being allowed to nominate for political office. Let’s start with english, maths, civics and history.