Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Voting Is Crazy

I won't be voting next week. I haven't even registered to vote since maybe the year 2000, when I thought it really made a difference who was elected to occupy the White House. That fiasco (in every way) was the last straw, and I never could be bothered with the whole rotten thing again. It's funny, because just the other day, a younger version of myself confronted me at work. Poor young, naive bastard. He asked me if I was voting in the upcoming election, and the look of disappointment on his face at my answer was excruciating to look at. I used his question as an opportunity to plant the seeds of liberty and forbidden anti-state ideas, explaining to him that voting was useless and his one vote wouldn't make any difference even if it wasn't. He was shocked by such views, as if I was the crazy one, rather than those who keep going to the polls like robots every two years thinking that this time it's gotta work, it has just gotta, by golly!

I've said before that the modern religion is statism (with the State itself the new god), and its adherents, just as those of supernatural faiths, have their rituals. The most important ritual of the new secular religion is voting, so that the ruling class can claim a "mandate" from the people to continue lording it over them. Since I am an anarchist (the only moral political position) I don't wish to participate in something that gives any cover to the establishment in the form of an election that "legitimizes" their power. The statist "democratic" process only gives the illusion of choice and control, but unlike the crazies that keep getting excited every two or four years over the latest crop of "change" candidates, I want no part in choosing a master to rule over me, especially when it's a choice between Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Besides, it's like that old saying "what if they gave a war and nobody came?". Well, how about if they held an election and nobody voted. Not likely to happen? No, probably not, but the establishment still isn't happy with non-voters. That's because their legitimacy is threatened if only a minority of the population participates in the farce of voting. Even more so if it's a shrinking minority. So, by not voting, you actually are doing something, something the rulers in Washington and elsewhere can't stand (which puts a smile on my face) and also something that isn't crazy, because unlike voting, it's not doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The sociopaths called politicians want the power to rule over you, and while you can't stop them at this point from doing so, you can at least refuse to agree that they have that right by not voting for any of them.

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