Voting is a pernicious form of violence that is counter-intuitive until you discover what the ballot box does in democracy. It takes a narrow menu of option that rely on a tacit acceptance of the rod and gun as the pillar of maintaining an orderly society. There is no visible exception to the rule and democracy seems to attain a critical mass of interested parties at the atomistic level (unlike the highly effective means of focused lobbying) who decide that raiding the wealth and resources of their friends and families and neighbors at gunpoint through the endorsement of a government system is an effective means to make living at other people’s expense. Whether the homebound shamblers drawing SSI or the highly paid government civilians or contractors, the entire system is built on theft and voting is the majority nod to the criminal act.
Voting legitimizes all the excesses and sociopathic tendencies of the state and condones the barbaric practice of authorizing the tax man at all levels coming into your neighbor’s house and stealing 35 percent of their resources on a monthly basis and if the homeowners resist in any demonstrable fashion, they get a boot on the neck and maybe a surcharge for daring to question or resist the thief and his army. Government is a highwayman and the voter is the waylaid traveller who appears to smile happily at having a gun screwed to his temple and his pockets emptied. He then proudly wears the cheap sticker on his jacket that reads: “I Was Robbed and I Voted for It!” Then he can stumble around the polling place afterwards and have high fives with other worthies who perform the same dysfunctional behavior.
Many more talented and thoughtful writers have examined all the intricacies of why voting is all of the above and worse. Simply Startpage voting at www.lewrockwell.com and you find a huge variety of great perspectives on withdrawing from voting entirely. The George Carlin video is priceless.
Carlin: “….I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain”, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain.”
I complained incessantly to my sainted bride when we had the misfortune of living in a home-owner’s association (HOA) in our last house. She said shut your trap and run for office to get on the board instead of simply complaining and it was my most visceral lesson in the uselessness of voting and the fact that the tyranny of HOAs is the lowest hanging fruit in the cancer garden of political life where the usual suspects use the state to advance noxious and ant-private property rules and regulations. I was Dr. No but when you are the only negative vote with four ayes always countermanding, you might as well mow your lawn with your teeth to accomplish something…anything.
What to do?
Don’t cast a vote…ever. Vote with your feet in the opposite direction of the polling place and when Election Day rolls around, go to the weapons range and practice with the most important decision boxes in a civil society. The ballot box is a curious hybrid of the Milgram Experiment and the Stockholm Syndrome, some enterprising young psychology PhD aspirant can diagnose and clock the syndrome for his thesis.
I NEVER write “my” Congress Creatures and never advocate such behavior in trying to change the system but I will break my own rule here and urge every one who reads this to get in touch with your county voting apparatus and find out how to deregister to vote if you are currently registered.
In the state of Arizona, you simply write a letter to the county Elections Registrar (creepy, I know) and request to be deregistered. The other advantage is this also takes you off the jury duty conscription pool so you cannot be a part of that wretched and liberty destroying system.
As an influence operation in the ongoing conflict to regain liberty, an enterprising individual can set up a “deregistration booth” during election season near the usual suspects trolling for voters or signing equally ineffective petitions for their zookeepers. You may not convince one person but you are exposing the curious passerby to an alternative reality that receives zero coverage in the government media circus. It may be a terrific initiating mechanism to get folks to start questioning the most basic drivel drilled into their heads starting the government obedience classes know as Civics. There is no doubt you could very well be the catalyst to set folks up to free their minds.
A mass exodus from the voting cesspool may garner interesting responses from the apparatchiks and elected sociopaths.
Withdraw your support of a sick and twisted system and stop rubber-stamping the proxy violence against your own community.