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Campaigning in Charleston

By Will Straw  

Much ink has been spilled the positive impact of democracy on growth, peace and wellbeing. Less has been written about the perverse incentives created by universal suffrage such as the desire of political activists to traipse wind-swept streets, knock on doors (only to have them slammed back in their faces) and open themselves up to various grades of verbal abuse. Collecting information on voters is the meat and potatoes of political campaigning, since it ensures that you can direct your propaganda at the undecideds as well as returning to those who have said they plan to back you on election…

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