Friday, August 20, 2010

Vote for others

During previous elections, I have encouraged people to vote for others, that is, as an expression of love for neighbour, to vote not for the party or candidate who will meet my needs, validate my projects, support people like me, but for the ones whose policies are more concerned with the common good, with protecting the vulnerable and needy, who will look for long term benefits not immediate political or economic gain. Siu Fung Wu has written an excellent little piece making the same point with some good examples.

If you're a new reader or haven't been following recently, you might like to consider some of these posts:
How to vote Christianly
Why I am neither right nor left
How green are the parties?
The elephant in the room
Some myths about refugees in Australia
Are the Greens anti-Christian?
Changing the wind: elections and social change

Finally, for those looking for some slightly more detailed analysis and critique from an evangelical perspective, Gordon Preece, director of Ethos, has written a very useful piece summarising why this election has been particularly frustrating (parochialism, presentism and poll-iticians) and then offering some principles for ethical voting, including the need to evaluate the relative weight of ethical issues across a range of personal, social and ecological concerns. It is too simple to just pick one area and decide that the others are irrelevant.

Today, fear not and vote for others.
H/T Ian Packer for both the links.


byron smith said...

Ross Gittins: The deficit we really should worry about: "The biggest and most worrying deficit in this election campaign has been the policy deficit: the reluctance of both sides to debate any aspect of economic management bar the budget. [...] The most obvious disappointment about this campaign is both sides are pledging to do nothing serious in the coming three years about the greatest and most pressing threat to the economy: climate change. Left unchecked, climate change is likely to destroy or significantly damage much of our stock of private and public physical capital. To avoid the small cost of growth forgone as we tackle the problem, we're willing to risk incurring much greater losses. [...] Whoever wins, the economy will lose."

Anthony Douglas said...

Now seems a good time to say thanks, Byron - not just for the encouragement, but also for marshalling all those resources together. It's been of benefit to me, at least.

Let me know when you next want to run for office ;-)

byron smith said...


"Next"? I've only run for office four times (that I can remember) and won each time (unopposed, so it wasn't that difficult...). Since all four were for leadership of student organisations, I'm not sure they really count...

I doubt I'm going to be running again any time soon (though maybe I'll take up your office once I convince Jess to run for local council somewhere, where I think she'd be excellent).