Sean Gabb earlier debated with Simon Hughes here, about the matter of state-forced-voting. Some of the commentariat rightly raised the point about, not only the whys and wherefores of compuslory voting, but if all persons ought to be allowed to vote at all, without preconditions.
In my humble opinion, the following ought to be the case:
(1) NO person in receipt of all his received money from the State (either) in the form of “benefits” (or) “salary” can be allowed to vote. (This is no different from MPs “having to declare an interest” in a firm for instance.)
(2) NO person (either) employed directly by the State (in any capacity at all) can vote while so employed.
(3) NO private subcontractor, however libertarian in outlook, may vote, while discharging contracts for the State.
Additionally, it would be right and proper to restrict the franchise to those (in private employment only, of course) who actually own taxable property. NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION, and also its true corollary, ought to apply. This stricture would apply only so long as any kind whatever of State taxation is in force. Once all of it is abolished, this limitation on the Franchise can of course be removed, and “everyone can have the vote” again.
I would not favour discriminating about the franchise on the basis of IQ, race, religion or any of those eugenic-hingy-stuff-whatsits like that. Bozos, terrorists, gamma-minus semi-morons, nazis, trotskyists, gramsco-marxians and other forms of mentally-subnormal droids ought to be allowed to vote, exactly like anyone else who owns taxable property for the duration of statehood on earth. I’m not sure that, under such a civilisation, there would be any parties standing that would please them. they might have to invent one: it would be called the Monster Raving Socialist Party, and it would lose its deposit every time.