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Eric Dupin

French columnist for the left-leaning journal Liberation

[Commenting on 30% voter turnout in a French plebiscite] Voters take part in the electoral process because they want to affirm their membership in a political community. The weakening of this feeling leads to the collapse of democracy. A sort of civic consumerism develops where voting becomes discretionary rather than a matter of duty.

Sep. 28, 2000 - quoted by William F. Buckley in "What are the French saying?", published by UPI