June 21, 2007

Some good news

Green MP Sue Bradford has launched a Bill to lower the voting age to 16.
This is good news because, as we have discussed before, it is a step towards aligning adult responsibilities with adult rights. It doesn't make sense that you can have sex and marry, work and pay taxes, drive and commit crimes - all adult rights - but you can't vote on how those taxes are spent (or watch a porn movie).
The period of childhood, as defined by society, is far too long and needs to be shortened to line up with biological, social and economic realities. There is a good summary, albeit for the US, which has an even larger infantilization period of its young people, here.

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