"Not voting bugs the regime, and no wonder. Such abstinence, like not complying in other ways, weakens them. What if they held an election and nobody came?"
If the masses stopped voting, that would bug the regime, that would undermine its legitimacy, sure. But if a handful of libertarians stop voting? That doesn't bug the regime at all. That delights them. That means they have no opposition.
And, by the way, if your strategy is to persuade the masses not to vote, thereby causing the regime to lose legitimacy and collapse...well that's an idea, but if it's possible to persuade people not to vote, then it's possible to persuade them to vote the right way too, as we're trying to do.
"Your vote doesn’t count, unless the election is decided by a single vote."
Strawman. Of course your own single vote won't affect anything, everyone knows that, and no one's claiming otherwise. But that's irrelevant. Political action is about trying to persuade other people to vote a certain way, and that can be effective. How do you think the establishment maintains its power? It uses media and other means of persuation to get people to vote the way it wants. We are trying to do the same thing. That's what politics is, Lew, so you're Capt. Obvious remark about a single vote being pointless is...pointless.
"There is no lesser evil"
O really? So, Ron Paul was no better than John McCain in 2008, or Mitt Romney in 2012? Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Mike Lee, Thomas Massie...they're no better than, say, Lindsey Graham or Peter King? Reeeeeally?
"Politics is not our salvation. Indeed, the whole system is corrupt from top to bottom."
And not voting and not participating will change that how?
"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."
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