It’s quiet. Real quiet. What more can I say about my daily activities of spending the day at the pool and the gym in one of the most beautiful locales in the world and spending the nights quietly reading or learning some Spanish and, from time to time, out and about living la vida loca with and amongst the beautiful mexicanas. There really is only so much to say about it… and I’m sure you really can only take hearing so much of it!
And so… nothing. I don’t have a lot to say about my own life except it is nicely ongoing.
But, I thought I would, without permission, but I doubt he minds, reproduce a short recent article by someone who I have oft quoted here and who is one of my personal favorites, Doug Casey.
It is on the topic of voting, an apres peau topic for this week. Following his article I chime in with a few paragraphs of my own diatribe… here goes:
None Of The Above by Doug Casey
Once again we find ourselves in the midst of the quadrennial American circus, when shameless power-mongers come out to blather moronic and vacuous platitudes in hopes of getting Boobus americanus to â€œget out and vote,â€?granting them the power of life and death for the next four years.Regrettably, they wonâ€™t be disappointed.
But one can hope they will be.
I think back to the â€˜60s,when the wistful saying â€œSuppose they gave a war. And nobody cameâ€œ was current. It was a noble sentiment. In that vein, I also like â€œSuppose they gave a tax. And nobody paidâ€? around April 15. And â€œSuppose they gave an election.And nobody votedâ€? now.
Youâ€™ve heard all the reasons why you should vote.Most of them are humbug at best, and some â€“ like â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter how you vote. Just voteâ€?â€“ are simply idiotic.
Voting today has nothing to do with â€œcivic dutiesâ€?you learned about in grade school.Your fellow citizens arenâ€™t Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper lookalikes earnestly trying to do the right thing. Well over 50% of U.S. citizens are now net tax recipients, and theyâ€™ve trundled down to the polls in their tank tops and shower slippers only to help ensure they stay on the gravy train.
Itâ€™s sickening to hear thoughtful nonvoters, who can sense in their gut something is terminally wrong with the process,make lame excuses because they feel guilty for not participating. I would, therefore, like to give you five reasons why you shouldnâ€™t vote.
1.Voting in a political election is unethical.The political process is one of institutionalized coercion and force; if you disapprove of these things, then you shouldnâ€™t participate in them, even indirectly.AsMao, a leading expert on the subject, famously said: â€œThe power of government grows out of the barrel of a gun.â€?
Sure, if government limited itself only to defending its subjects from domestic and
foreign aggression and adjudicating disputes, you could argue there was nothing unethical in voting for who plays the night watchman. But the fact is that
elections have long been, as Mencken observed, nothing but advance auctions on stolen goods.
If you want something, vote with the dollars youâ€™ve earned, in the marketplace.
2.Voting compromises your privacy. It just gets your name in another government computer bank.One that they can use to call you up for jury duty and other forms of involuntary servitude. Itâ€™s true that, at least if you live in the U.S. or the UK, privacy exists only as an academic concept.Still, the less the government knows about you, even in small ways, the better off you are.
3.Voting is a degrading experience. Voting (as well as registering) involves spending possibly considerable time standing in line,hanging around government offices, filling out forms, and dealing with petty bureaucrats.A self-respecting person can find more enjoyable or productive things to do with that time.
4.Voting just encourages them. Iâ€™m convinced that most people donâ€™t actually vote for a candidate; they vote against the other candidate.But thatâ€™s not how the guy who gets the vote sees it; he thinks itâ€™s another mandate for him to rule. Itâ€™s ridiculous to justify voting by endorsing the lesser of two evils. Incidentally, I got as far as this point in 1980 when, as luck would have it, I did an hour alone on the Phil Donahue Show on the very day before the elections. The audience had been very much on my side up to the point where Phil accused me of voting forMr.Reagan, and I had to explain why I wasnâ€™t. Unfortunately, telling them they shouldnâ€™t vote was just more than they could handle.The prospect of their stoning me precluded my explaining the fifth and possibly most practical point.
5.Your vote doesnâ€™t count. Politicians and political hacks like to say every vote counts because it gets everybody into busybody mode. But statistically, one vote in scores of millions makes no more difference than a single grain of sand on the beach.Thatâ€™s completely apart from the fact that, as voters in Chicago in 1960 and Florida in 2000 can tell you, when it actually is close, things can be rigged. And, anyway, officials manifestly do what they want â€“ not what you want
â€“ once theyâ€™re in office.
The only way your vote counts is to make you complicit in the crimes that will inevitably be committed by its recipient.
Some may argue: â€œPerhaps youâ€™re right. But my guy is different,heâ€™s good; he sees the problems and wants to change things.â€?That perception is almost certainly an illusion created by slick handlers.And even if he is good and different,heâ€™ll almost certainly be corrupted in short order. Itâ€™s rare that someone of quality goes in for politics. My arguments are based on principle, not on the hope for a deus exmachina event.
My sentiments on the topic have little, incidentally, to do with the fact that both candidates in this presidential election are certifiable liars, lifelong neâ€™er-dowells, and borderline sociopaths, differing very little in basic philosophy â€“ theyâ€™re both statists â€“ except one seems to prefer to emphasize the warfare state, the other the welfare state. Itâ€™s rare that someone of quality goes in for politics. My arguments are based on principle.
There are certainly romantics among you who, despite your better judgment,will go out and vote anyway. In that event, the only thing that makes sense is a protest vote for a third party, in which case the Libertarian candidate might have some appeal â€“ at least if you believe in both economic and social freedom. And since thereâ€™s absolutely no danger a Libertarian could be elected, itâ€™s arguably a good way to register a protest vote.
Unfortunately, their candidate this year, one Bob Barr, can best be described as a fraud.No help there.Of course, if you really want to treat the elections with the respect they deserve, and insist on voting, you might consider a write-in for, say, â€œDonald Duck.â€?
But, undoubtedly, some of you are thinking: â€œCounseling people not to vote is ridiculous â€“ and unpatriotic. Who would run society if we didnâ€™t have a government? Schools? Roads? Police?â€?
That question is usually quite innocent and sincere, put forward by someone whoâ€™s only ignorant.Occasionally, however, it can be asked in a rhetorical way by the malevolent.
The answer, in brief, is that absolutely anything worth doing can and will be done by the market. Again, I urge you to read Tannehillâ€™s TheMarket for Liberty or Friedmanâ€™s TheMachinery of Freedom. If you want to do something right now, watch this video link by John Stossel. Itâ€™s in six short parts, each better than the one before.
I agree 100% with the above and can only add my own, slightly more aggressive tone to it. Perhaps because I am younger (not young, but younger) than people like Doug Casey I might have a bit more youthful aggression. Or maybe it’s just the way I am.
But when I look at all the lost opportunity… the lost lives… the waste… of government, no matter what flavor, I can only add that I wish people would not only realize the things Doug Casey is talking about but would then also march down to their local government building with torches and pitchforks and just rid themselves of this menace.
Alas, the government run schooling system has ingrained in us all of us very well the importance of government. Even making us stand up at various events and sing some anthem devised to make us feel patriotic… patriotism, by the way, is a negative thing and is never a positive thing. If someone tells you that you are unpatriotic you should thank them for the compliment.
There is only one thing we should feel any patriotism for and that, of course, is the planet Earth and the human race. Anything less than that is varying levels of racism and/or xenophobia.
And with that, I blend back into the poolside… not to be heard from again for another few weeks, I’m sure.