Did You Say that Voting is Ridiculous?: Using South Park to Teach Public Choice

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Adam J. Hoffer

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

George R. Crowley

Troy University - Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy

Date Written: June 26, 2013

Abstract

This note describes an approach to teaching the public choice perspectives on voting using an episode from Comedy Central’s animated television show, South Park. The episode titled, “Douche and Turd,” demonstrates the near-zero value of an individual vote, the intrinsic value individuals place on the act of voting itself, problems arising when voters must choose amongst undesirable candidates rather than issues, and the role of political campaigning; and mirrors public perception regarding the 2004 presidential campaign between George W. Bush and John Kerry.

Keywords: south park, voting, elections, teaching public choice

JEL Classification: A22, D72

Suggested Citation

Hoffer, Adam J. and Crowley, George R., Did You Say that Voting is Ridiculous?: Using South Park to Teach Public Choice (June 26, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2285834 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2285834

Adam J. Hoffer (Contact Author)

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George R. Crowley

Troy University - Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy ( email )

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Troy, AL 36082
United States

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