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May
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The Voting Booth – A Suggestion Box for Slaves

“If you don’t vote, you can’t complain” is one of the most ridiculous, illogical statements I’ve ever heard. The only people who rightfully can complain are those who choose not to be a part of the political process.

Many people who have decided not to vote have awakened to the realization that the people they “elect” will be expected to initiate force against their friends, family and neighbors–a criminal activity–and those non-voters have chosen not to be an accessory to crime.

To those who claim to be a part of the “freedom movement,” please understand that you shouldn’t have to band with others to petition ‘Master’ (government) for your freedom. The system’s very nature is to control; that’s what government does. So, to ask people who gravitate to positions of power and control to please not exercise power and control over you is a waste of time–actually, it’s dangerous and counterproductive.

When you cast a vote, regardless of your intentions, you are helping to perpetuate and legitimize the system. By doing so, you are giving other people–typically an unenlightened majority–the opportunity to vote for things with which you disagree. Also, the votes cast may not even be the true results, but as long as masses of people show up to the polls the outcomes can be manipulated fairly easily.

And what has voting gotten you, anyway? Do you have more freedom than you parents enjoyed? How about less taxation? A stronger economy? More opportunities for enterprise and prosperity? More privacy? Less government intrusion into your life?

Every election cycle, we hear the people cry to “Vote the rascals out!” What has that done for the country? It’s given us increased taxation, a destroyed economy, a worthless currency, more surveillance cameras, militarized police, Homeland Security, email and Internet monitoring, cellphone tracking, more required licenses and permits (permission from a pay-off), molestation of our kids and spouses at airports, more checkpoints, more wars, more invasions, more murder, more destruction, more angry world neighbors…and on and on.

Because you voted, this is what you have received–regardless of what you wanted. YOU are the only one who cannot complain, because you enabled it by participating!

Voting doesn’t ensure success, anyway, regardless of the vote total.

I’ve sat through meetings and watched government officials hear 95% of people in a room say “No!” only to watch the officials vote “yes.” They know you’ll just complain to your friends, write an angry letter to the newspaper editor (which probably won’t get printed, anyway), and post an angry status update on Facebook–and then you’ll get over it and forget, because your kid’s soccer game, or going clubbing, is more important than the risk involved with running these officials out of town. As a politician once stated, “You can complain all you want, as long as you pay your taxes.”

The only way to truly bring about change is to STOP VOTING and participating in the system. Operate outside of it, as much as possible. End all support for it. When support is gone, there will be no system left to manipulate.

And Libertarians should take note: Government is borne of an entitlement mentality. Even if you want a “small,” “limited,” or “Constitutional” government (something that has never been and never will be), you are saying that you feel entitled to some government function and you feel that others should be forced to pay for it (taxation). Sorry, but that’s a socialist mindset–certainly not freedom–and it makes you no better than the other socialists (Rs & Ds) who are destroying the country. You all want to steal and spend the wealth of others; you just differ on how much to take, from whom to take it and where it should be spent.

Break free from the Matrix. Think outside the box. Overcome your conditioning. Be what you want to see in others. And, please, stop helping to perpetuate a slavery system!

(What is government, anyway? Read this and have your eyes opened, further: https://anarchistpov.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/reality-check/ )

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14 Responses to “The Voting Booth – A Suggestion Box for Slaves”


  1. May 17, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Doug,

    I’m quite familiar with this argument, and I do see its merits. My wife was a voluntaryist when I met her, and converted me from apathy to a liberty-oriented viewpoint (she was a fan of Harry Browne).

    However, we both began reading about Ron Paul in 2007 and his arguments pursuaded us that political activity was necessary as an act of self-defense. The seeming problem with non-participation as a way to de-legitimize the political system is that despite voter participation being at an all-time low (more through apathy than principled opposition, I’d wager), the state seems to conduct itself as though it has just as much legitimacy as it ever did.

    In fact, low voter turnout seems to actually work in favor of the politicians; as more and more regular people drop out, those who remain active and involved are frequently part of this or that special interest group, or those whose livelihoods are dependent on government loot. Despite being well under half of the number of registered voters, this is still a large enough number of people for the elections to be declared legitimate, and so the state goes on killing and looting with less opposition than ever.

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on this. It seems likely that no matter how far the message of liberty spreads, there will remain (absent governmental collapse) a sizeable constituency which is economically dependent on state largesse, thus granting “legitimacy” to the electoral process and enabling the state to keep coming after those who’ve ceded what little voice they had.

    • 2 al
      August 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      That IS exactly the job of Ron Paul. To gently lead you back into the voting game. He is like a shepherd dog, being sent to round up the dissidents, trick them with nice words and lead them back into the herd…
      Ron Paul is sponsored and controlled by the very same people as all other major parties. Nigel Farage is another one….

      Voting / Democracy is a magicians trick. Like a magician on the stage makes a movement that is only there to distract you while he performs the actual trick…

      While you people focus on voting you don’t use your biggest power, which is striking, demonstrating, resisting. That’s why the people in power want you to vote. If voting would change anything they would have made it illegal a long time ago. Why do you think, they are so tough on striking/demonstrating/resisting???? Go figure out, because that REALLY CHANGES something.

      Democracy is such a massive con trick, it hypnotized and paralysed billions of people for 250 years….
      But it’s about to fall apart now. After 250 years of voting, people pay more taxes than ever before. They have less private land and house than ever before. They are less self-employed than ever before.

      More and more people are waking up and the real revolution will begin. When people stand up, strike, demonstrate and resist, the bad powers will fall down.

      How did Ghandi liberate India? By voting? Of course not, by peaceful but consistent demonstration.

      Ron Paul, Nigel Farage, Alex Jones and the like, are all fooling you. They are being paid by the big powers with the only intention to keep your dream of democracy alive….

  2. 3 VoluntaryistPOV
    May 17, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    “All time low” is still millions of people, so that argument doesn’t work. The back-pocket mainstream media still has plenty of people to show on TV, to make the masses think that voting is widespread and a civic duty. Before you became aware of things that were going on, you probably thought so, too. And the only self-defense you need is your own personal arsenal, and banding together with your neighbors to protect each other.

    Non-compliance and non-support is the only way to go. If everyone ‘quits,’ how they can rightfully and truthfully say they are doing the will of the People by continuing? With People voting, on the other hand, it’s easy for them.

  3. May 17, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Well, that’s kind of my point, Doug. Even if everyone but the lobbyists, public employee unions, auto unions, politicians, politicians’ families, employees of defense contractors, and welfare recipients…in other words, everyone not getting more out of the system than they’re putting into it…stopped participating, that’s STILL millions of people…quite enough to create the appearance of legitimacy. Absent a currency collapse that causes the loot to stop flowing (which is entirely possible, if not probable), those people will continue to lend legitimacy to the state because they directly benefit from it.

    If that’s the case, how does it make sense for the rest of us simply cede control of the system to those who’ve made it so clear they want to use it to live off of us, rather than trying to either gridlock it, or, ideally, get control of and dismantle it?

  4. 5 VoluntaryistPOV
    May 17, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    But why would you want to “cede control of the system” when you don’t want to be a part of it, anyway–or do you? Let them have it! Live off the grid and let them reap what they’ve sown: collapse–which is always the final result with systems of theft.

    I used to feel the way you do, that infiltration and dismantling was the way to go. Then I ran for Congress and State House, and was Executive Director of a state political party. That’s when I saw the rigged game from the inside. You will never be able to change the system, by playing the system. It isn’t going to happen. It’s like playing Monopoly with a friend who starts out with all the property cards. That’s when I woke up and started my crusade.

    The Founders said, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor” in the fight for independence. The problem you have is that you aren’t willing to do the same, so you take the safe path of least resistance (pushing buttons in a booth).

    Low risk = low reward.

  5. May 17, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Well, perhaps I just have to experience for myself what you experienced; I may well yet come to the same conclusions you have. Voting is hardly all I do; as State Coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, I’m constantly working to build a network of activists to who can rapidly mobilize and confront elected officials with phone calls, emails, and other communication regarding key issues, starting with those who claim to value liberty, but who act differently.

    Maybe it’ll have an effect, maybe it won’t. I’ve only been in the (volunteer) job a year and a half. The odds are certainly against us, but if it fails, I’ll be satisfied (as you obviously are) that I still tried everything I could think of.

  6. 7 shippwreck
    May 17, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    I have to agree with Adam Love’s comments on this and most of the other posts I have seen him write.

  7. 8 VoluntaryistPOV
    May 18, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Adam, I was once where you are, so I don’t fault you for your desire to change things. Actually, I appreciate your efforts. I know you mean well, and I honestly hope your efforts pay off, but don’t get your hopes up. History shows that you can’t expect more than a little token victory, once in awhile, just to keep you believing you have some power to affect change. It’s all a game, and until the People stop playing it they will only get more of the same.

  8. May 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    I think one possible alternative is to persuade our own community to take care of everything the government used to do itself, and when that is done, to refuse to pay taxes altogether and close itself off from the government’s influence. Until that happens, we should help others see that just voting is not taking action. Good on you, Adam, for your pragmatic activism.

  9. July 27, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Adam & Shippwreck,

    One should look at nonvoting as only a first step. The whole point of elections is to condition the people to accept being ruled. The idea is to take that away from the govt so people can then move on to actual defiance. This is spelled out in more detail in:

    Principled Nonvoting: The Beginning of Disengaging From the State
    http://theinternationallibertarian.blogspot.com/2010/09/principled-nonvoting-beginning-of.html

    • 11 al
      August 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      I agree. Another important point is to stop using the word gov*******

      Don’t say master!……

      If you don’t want to be a slave, then don’t call them master….
      They call themselves gov*******. So we should not call them the way they call themselves….

      If someone came into your life and told you “I am your master”. Would you call him master? No of course not. So why do still say gov********?

      • August 18, 2011 at 6:38 PM

        At this point I call them the govt because I want people to know what I’m talking about. Maybe someday we can call them the red & blue gang & people will understand, but not yet.

  10. 13 free sovereign human
    August 13, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Elections are fraud from a to z. Large turn out or small turn out matters not. From the structure of the parties, the primary election fraud ie the system of caucus false polls propaganda traitor media. We are foisted with candidnates we do not choose nor can tolerate. The electronic voting machine fraud, the lieing polls the lieing media, the electorial college, and the sold out appointed (Not by us) judiciary. If elections were real tlhey would be outlawed immediatly, We (humanity) are involved in a leaderless revolt against a false debt slavery system that uses false national debts as justification to force submission to an immoral extorted theft system called tax. They need not money for money is created as a debt out of thin air at no cost digitized in secret without accountability they already own it all and can create unlimited amounts at any time. They Need power and control by forcing cowardly immoral acts of obediance to liars thieves and murders. I see two paths, one leads to a new era of freedom and achievement a golden era for humanity to move out into the universe from earth and the other path leads to extinction of humanity. I promote the solution of individual responsiblity and the the extent possible that every human reject the false debt slave system and find thier individual freedom.

  11. November 5, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    This line is brilliant:

    “Even if you want a “small,” “limited,” or “Constitutional” government (something that has never been and never will be), you are saying that you feel entitled to some government function and you feel that others should be forced to pay for it (taxation)”

    I am so using that when I encounter minarchists.


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