7 Easy Ways To Endorse Liberty Without VotingSubmitted by Marc Clair on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 15:44
“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, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.” - George Carlin
Regardless of how any single person in this country votes, the winner will represent ever increasing spending and debt, government control of health care, eroding civil liberties, a growing police state, and a policy of foreign aggression, all financed by Federal Reserve money creation. This is not by accident. As evidenced by covering months of endless shenanigans in the Republican Primary and at the Republican National Convention, it is clear that the process to choose the final two “lesser evils” is tightly controlled. Not only is a vote statistically insignificant, even disregarding there is no evidence whatsoever that politicians in any way keep their promises. The phrases “read my lips, no new taxes” , “humble foreign policy” and “immediately close Guantanamo” spring to mind, not to mention the well-documented flip-flops of Mitt Romney. And after his “after my election I have more flexibility” comment was caught on tape, who on Earth can have the slightest idea what a second Obama term would bring? All things considered, it may very well be that the most informed voter is the one that sees the entire system as a scam, and chooses to opt out of the process all together.
The non-voter will constantly hear the argument “well if you don’t vote, you can’t complain”. This is an argument that makes little sense to those that understand the ideas of liberty, and realize that the results of the election will in no way advance these ideas. The Voting Advocate will claim that if we don’t participate in this ritual, we are “doing nothing” and therefore have no right to express our opinions. I of course reject this ridiculous notion.
So how then, can you advance the ideas of liberty without voting? I’ve come up with a few things you can do to take a small step towards creating a more free society in the time it would take to cast a vote. Without further ado, here are 7 ways you can endorse liberty without voting.
Unplug from the Matrix, Cancel Your Cable
It’s been about 4 years since I’ve had the steady flow of cable coming into my household. Since I’ve felt infinitely more clear minded and productive. It used to be that if I were home, the TV would be on. Inevitably I’d get caught in the “57 channels and nothin’ on” loop, and ended up wasting half a day away flipping through channels.
The internet has made learning about the ideas of liberty even easier. Of course, we arrogantly feel this site is a great place to start! But spend some time clicking through our “Liberty Friends” section. There is an abundance of free material on the internet, whether it be from decentralized forums like the Daily Paul or the extensive free articles and books that can be found at The Ludwig Von Mises Institute.