Episode 5: No, voting is NOT a civic duty

Michael Schaus, Robert Fellner

Free to Offend Episode 5 

Everyone from politicians to A-list celebrities insist it’s our “civic duty” to vote this presidential election. But is it really? 

Well… No. Not at all.  

In living up to the name of the podcast, Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus and Robert Fellner spend this episode of Free to Offend discussing why voting is not a civic duty at all—and why folks on all sides of the political aisle are actually doing a disservice in cultishly promoting such a false belief.  

In fact, far from ensuring a more representative government, the act of voting can lend legitimacy to some of the worst aspects of government overreach—while the deliberate act of sitting out an election can often be a praiseworthy decision to distance oneself from an immoral and illegitimate false choice  

Schaus and Fellner argue that you shouldn’t feel pressured to vote. Regardless of what your Biden-supporting neighbor or Trump-loving coworker might say, you have no responsibility or “civic duty” to take part in the pageantry of visiting the ballot box.  

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.

Robert Fellner

Robert Fellner

Vice President & Director of Policy

Robert Fellner joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in December 2013 and currently serves as the Institute’s Vice President and Director of Policy. Robert has written extensively on the issue of transparency in government. He has also conducted legal research and assisted in crafting legal arguments for numerous public records-related lawsuits, including one which prevailed at the Nevada Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark decision that protected and expanded Nevadans’ rights to access and inspect government records.

An expert on government compensation and its impact on taxes, Robert has authored multiple studies on public pay and pensions. He has been published in Business Insider, Forbes.com, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, RealClearPolicy.com, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, ZeroHedge.com and elsewhere.

Robert has lived in Las Vegas since 2005 when he moved to Nevada to become a professional poker player. Robert has had a remarkably successfully poker career including two top 10 World Series of Poker finishes and being ranked #1 in the world at 10/20 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

Additionally, his economic analysis on the minimum wage won first place in a 2011 George Mason University essay contest. He also independently organized a successful grassroots media and fundraising effort for a 2012 presidential candidate, before joining the campaign in an official capacity.