Once in a while, the idea of taking the vote away from women comes up. It’s a good idea, though I’m not really a fan of democracy in the first place. But someone generally responds, as in this comment at Alpha Game, with the fact that married women vote much more conservatively than single women; so the real problem is single people, or some other configuration.
The thing is, both are true. Women, in general, are more emotion-driven and short-sighted than men, so more likely to vote for security and short-term gains over freedom and reason. Married women, in general, are more sensible than single women, because they have an allegiance to their husbands that outranks their allegiance to their own whims, so they have less dependence on the state and Other People’s Money.
But you can take it further than that. Any restriction on the vote would improve matters, as long as it’s not targeted toward white, native-born, Christian, home- or land-owning, married men. The more a person varies from those criteria, the more he is likely to vote for big-government leftism, and the more problematic his group’s vote is likely to be.
- Ban women from voting? Better.
- Blacks/Hispanics/Asians/other-minority? Better.
- Naturalized immigrants? Better.
- Unmarried and/or childless people? Better.
- Ban homosexuals and other deviants? Better.
- Renters, or people with zero equity? Better.
- People who don’t speak English? Better.
- Government employees? Better.
- People without a driver’s license? Better.
- People without a hunting license? Much better.
- People who can’t name the current vice president? Better.
- Charge a dollar to vote? Better.
Any or all of those would have better results than universal suffrage. (For what it’s worth, a few of those would ban me, and I’d be fine with that.)
I think, though, that any vote is liable over time to spread to more people until it becomes universal. There’s too much advantage to be gained for the state in buying off more and more people and groups. We’re still moving in that direction in the US, with some Democrats now suggesting that it’s unfair to ban non-citizens from voting. The only solution is probably to get rid of voting altogether; or make it less direct, like having a hereditary monarchy but allowing the people to vote to depose the current monarch; things like that.