Thousands have died so that Iraqis might partake of democracy's sacrament.
In the following essay, which Iíve been tweaking for ten years,
I explain why I long ago apostatized
one of modernity's cults,
after which I append links to complementary essays.
I donít vote, but not
because I am apathetic. Pulling levers in a booth is not so
inconvenient that I would not endure it for the sake of a compensating
good to which I am entitled.
compensating good, however, escapes me, whereas the evil attaching to it
is obvious and substantial.
When shareholders vote
on corporate policies they exercise their own property rights. They
violate no one elseís. Neither do club members when they elect officers.
Citizens of a democracy, however, are neither shareholders nor club
members. They are rather seekers of ends whose achievement requires the
control of resources they do not own without regard for the wishes of
those who do own them. Voters therefore are accomplices to a system of
The control or
confiscation of property through taxation, regulation, or restriction of
trade, however, comprises virtually all of the "issues" of political
elections. If individuals lack rights in scarce resources, they can
hardly acquire such rights simply by voting them into existence by fiat.
Leave to elections only those decisions that honor that moral reality and
nothing is left. Even voting to repeal bad legal code legitimizes the
process by which more will be enacted.
Mindless slogans like,
"Bad people are sent to
by good people who donít vote," apparently intended to induce guilt,
suggest that non-agents are agents, that those who refrain from acting are
responsible for acting. But nonvoters do not send anyone anywhere. If
nobody voted, nobody, good or evil, would be sent to Washington.
That is, if they gave
an election and nobody came, no one could claim to tax and draft "by
the power vested in them by the people.Ē Free people on free markets
would determine who receive which goods and services, including the
socially necessary services like police now monopolized by the State, and
including charitable services for those unable to earn for themselves.
voters prefer to be left alone. Of those who register to vote, however,
most seem to prefer to attain monopoly (non-market-derived) privilege for
themselves, or to influence the conduct of monopolies, than to abolish
them. The tragic, unintended result, however, is that they (and/or their
loved ones) are lied to, robbed, enslaved, and sometimes even killed,
either in a war on foreign soil or on the streets the Stateís police
cannot or will not protect. This is the price they pay for being
so uncreative as to rely on voting to "make a difference."
I withdrew my ďconsent
to be governedĒ long ago. Why donít you withdraw yours?