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John Derbyshire is Hysterically Funny

October 1, 2009

Hah hah hah. (Well worth a listen: John Derbyshire on The Case Against Female Suffrage.)

And why not repeal a woman’s right to vote?  It’s not like they’re people.

My sides ache.

Apparently this is a standard confusion among conservatives.  Allow me to clarify.  People have the right to vote not because they’ll vote the right way (nor because you agree with them, nor because they’re so smart, nor because they’re right).  If that were the case, there wouldn’t be much sense in voting.  We could just identify people who had the correct views, give them the right to vote, and then sit on our hands confident that those correct views were then somehow expressed by the people we had selected as representative.  Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

People have the right to vote because they’re people.  It’s a basic right, adhering to their personhood, which pretty much isn’t determined by the size or shape of a person’s genitalia.  There’s a much longer derivation of this, but I’ll spare everyone the pain.  Best to defer to Horton for further clarification.

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3 comments

  1. “We could just identify people who had the correct views, give them the right to vote, and ..”

    Kinda like selecting trees that support your desired conclusion re: temp reconstruction, don’t you think?

    Btw, people do NOT have the right the vote because they’re people.
    – Some constitution or similar must say they have that right (which is not the case e.g. in Cuba, China, Saudi, etc)
    – It is also generally restricted (e.g. to people 18 and over (most cases), and of sound mind)


  2. Well, technically speaking, people have a legal right to vote because of a constitution; they have a moral right or human right to vote because they’re people.


  3. Whence the concept that the right the vote (moral, human, whetever) comes from being a person? It is simply not the case. Why would a 2 year old have a right to vote? Why would a mentally challenged have a right to vote? They don’t, it’s as simple as that, and hence your claim falls .



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