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Jakarta Post

Never about lesser evils

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 9, 2019   /  04:03 pm
Never about lesser evils A man dips his finger in indelible ink in East Denpasar, Bali after voting in the Bali gubernatorial election. (JP/Anggara Mahendra)

Whenever I have been asked who I was voting for in this year’s election, I always answered “golput” (golongan putih, meaning to abstain). Interestingly, some ended the conversation after my reply, but most didn’t understand that I didn’t want to discuss politics. There are at least three kinds of people who do respond to my “golput” response. The first is the democracy cynic. This type will nod, say that was the best option and then add, “Whoever leads this nation, the result will be the same”. Then they change the conversation, talking about how they will spend their day off. The second type is the democracy zealot. This type will try to convince me how important my vote is. For them, the election is a contest about who is better for Indonesia and they usually argue about good vs. better. For me, this type is unrealistic a...

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