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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - Evening Program
Why It's OK Not To Vote
Katherine Mangu-Ward

Voting is widely thought to be one of the most important things a person can do. But Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor in Chief of Reason magazine, will argue that the reasons people give for why they vote (and why everyone else should too) are flawed, unconvincing, and sometimes even dangerous. Conceding that there are some good reasons for some people to vote some of the time, Mangu-Ward contends that there are many more bad reasons to vote, and the bad ones are more popular.

Katherine Mangu-Ward is Editor in Chief of Reason, the magazine of “free minds and free markets.” She started as Reason intern in 2000 and has worked at The Weekly Standard and The New York Times. Mangu-Ward is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a B.A. in philosophy and political science.

At Reason, she leads a publication that covers issues important to libertarian values. Her writing has included commentary on the ethics of (non-)voting, job automation, and plastic bag bans. She is a co-host of “The Reason Roundtable” podcast.

Mangu-Ward’s writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and numerous other publications. She is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. She is a Future Tense Fellow at New America.

Ms. Mangu-Ward's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored with funding from the Open Academy at CMC.

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