The Tempting Fallacy of Election Boycotts

Algerian demonstrators protest the 2019 presidential election with banners in French that read “reject the election” and “the street will not be quiet,” in Algiers, Dec. 12, 2019 (AP photo by Toufik Doudou).
Algerian demonstrators protest the 2019 presidential election with banners in French that read “reject the election” and “the street will not be quiet,” in Algiers, Dec. 12, 2019 (AP photo by Toufik Doudou).
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Editor’s Note: This is the web version of our subscriber-only weekly newsletter, Middle East Memo, which takes a look at what’s happening, what’s being said and what’s on the horizon in the Middle East. Subscribe to receive it by email every Monday. If you’re already a subscriber, adjust your newsletter settings to receive it. As “weapons of the weak” go, boycotts hold a special pedigree. Gandhi used them in India’s struggle for independence to leverage overwhelming popular will against the British colonizers’ military superiority. The Montgomery bus boycott, organized by Martin Luther King Jr. from 1955 to 1956, showed white […]

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