I recently went on a fieldschool to Thailand that overlapped with their election in May. When I was there, every single Thai person I spoke to across class lines and educational backgrounds felt very strongly about their civic duty to participate in the upcoming election. This is because they really treasure the opportunity to vote, because they have been ruled by military backed governments for decades. Given how many countries around the world don't give their people the right to vote in fair elections, what do you think about Non-Voters in developed Western societies? I've always thought voting is an important civic duty, but after my trip I'm almost inclined to support mandatory voting participation like in Australia. This goes strongly against my Libertarian belief in personal agency, but I think being compelled to vote is a small price to pay given the vast freedoms we are afforded.
After the dodge of the question on climate change in the GOP debate, I was reminded that the Republican party remains the only major conservative party among developed countries that continues to deny the existence of climate change. In conservative parties in Canada, Australia, and Europe, they acknowledge the existence of climate change. Given this, when do you think the GOP will select a POTUS candidate who acknowledges climate change is real and presents a platform on it? 2028, 2032, 2036? Further out? What impacts do you think this will have on GOP outreach to youth voter?
How useful do you find narratives that revolve around a "decline" in the United States? Do you find these to be useful, accurate, helpful, inaccurate, or playing to a crowd? What actual metrics would you use to define a decline? Since the US is actually growing in a variety of ways (GDP growth, as one example), how accurate are narratives of a US decline? Or is it merely a tool in building political narratives?
What do you think about India's recent decision to change its name to bharat for international events and groups like the UN? This feels like it's part of a broader trend of countries wanting to be reffered to by their native name rather than their English name with other recent examples including Trukiye and Czechia instead of Turkey and the Czech Republic.