Western countries are always very quick to champion democracy as one of the proud achievements of modern civilisation, giving people power to choose whom they want to run the country.
“If you don’t vote you don’t have a say” is something my dad says to me virtually every time we see each other.
I will argue voting is actually the opposite of having your say. You don’t need a voice to put a tick in a box you just need a pen… The government will tell us that it is being part of the political process but the reality is something quite different.
In truth it exonerates us from responsibilities to our communities and offers us enough satisfaction to know that we have taken part in the democratic process of voting for who we think will govern best without posing the question: Do we need to be governed at all?