Idiotes, all of them

Most Canadians go to the polls today to elect their 40th Parliament, after what is probably the country’s nastiest election campaign since the early 20th Century. What is most remarquable about it is the discovery by political parties that you can be much nastier on the Internet than on TV.

As usual, about 4 Canadians in 10 won’t vote, despite the incredible sums of money spent by the parties and Elections Canada to get them interested. Along with the word ‘democracy’, the 5th Century B.C. Athenians invented a word for citizens who did not get involved in the city’s political life: Idiotes.

The word survived in many languages, but somehow we lost the meaning. A shame.


3 Responses to Idiotes, all of them

  1. Blanks57 says:

    You mention about 4 of 10 Canadians won’t vote, which is the historical norm since confederation.
    Between 60 – 70% on average go to the polls since 1867, just looking at the stats. Can.
    Just wanted to throw that out there.

  2. finalspin says:

    That’s right, looking at the data one can see things are not really worsening – participation has its ups and downs. There seems to be a fairly constant portion of the population that’s uninterested in the electoral process, despite increasing efforts to reach voters.

  3. Rumi Lover says:

    Please check this out: Liberals (and others) Opposed to Stephane Dion’s Removal as Leader at

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