I think most of the battling is over the ambiguity possible with unclear definitions of free will. Yet, those that try to pin it down to a precise definition will sometimes do so in such a way that you can’t possibly agree it exists if you go along with their logic.
So, having it vague is kind of a good thing I think.
For me, I go with embodied cognition for the most part.
It tears up that mind-body problem thingie as we’re part of systems that we contribute to and contributes to us.
US is an oligarchy. Saw that study about 6 – 7 years ago and it confirmed a lot of stuff. We crossed the line officially but it was going that way anyhow. Now we’re seeing it in full bloom.‘
I vote because of the smaller elections anyhow. I don’t care that much about the President. All a bunch of assholes.
I grew up in a one square mile town in NJ and watched my single vote change things locally. Kids got a skate park and it was a good thing. I know my vote directly contributed to the right people that made that happen.
SO locally? yeah, it works, or it can.