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  •  I agree with most of what you said, (1+ / 0-)
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    but it is also interesting to note that many Amish do not vote at all.

    I'm guessing if my neighbors did vote they would likely vote Republican because of issues like abortion.

    But most of the local groups are very hesitant to get involved in political issues unless they directly affect the community, and therefore avoid voting altogether.

    •  There is a spectrum - (1+ / 0-)
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      They are not activists and in general try not to draw attention to themselves, preferring to be left alone.

      But the cost of land means there are fewer farmers, all kinds of cottage industries, and more tradesmen, than before because they have to adapt to local economic reality.

      It's a real paradox that they are pacificists but vote Republican (if they vote).

    •  On not voting - should not be confused with apathy (1+ / 0-)
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      Leaders in those communities that shun voting, would be telling their members that God determines the outcome of the election.

      They may not vote, but they will not contest the result either, unless a local ordinance threatens their economic survival and control over what their children are exposed to.

    •  One thing I forgot - they have mechanisms (1+ / 0-)
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      to redistribute wealth that prevent disparate fortunes from persisting into the next generation. You don't have extremes of poverty and wealth, or hoarding of money, food, business.

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