Do you remember those kids in college who tried to show how smart and contrarian they were by parroting old stereotypes about marginalized groups? The kids who wanted to discuss whether we should just leave the poor to fend for themselves, as if it were an edgy viewpoint and not the accepted practice of most human societies?
Well, this is that kid, turned to eleven:
In the United States, any citizen who is at least 18 years old and not a convicted felon has the right to vote. Most of us accept and celebrate our universal suffrage. But is it a good idea? In my view, no. Not every adult U.S. citizen should have the right to vote. Instead, only those who pay taxes to a government should be eligible to vote in that government’s elections. So, for example, under this system, an adult paying sales tax in Rhode Island but no federal taxes would qualify to vote in Rhode Island state elections but not in federal elections. Restricting the right to vote to taxpayers is moral and practical.
Mind you, this is coming from a college student who—in all likelihood—has never paid federal income taxes.