Why I Didn’t Vote

Watching the news this morning, there’s stories of protests and riots.  As I live out in the sticks, I haven’t seen anything happen personally.  And there’s no telling how much is manufactured by the media.  Still, there are clearly people out there who are upset at their candidate’s loss.  They wanted their person in charge and, upon their defeat, they’ve lashed out.  These are people who needed things their way.  These people have fully embraced violence.

When it comes to voting, there’s a utilitarian argument against it, especially in a national election.  Your singular vote accomplishes nothing.  It’s a waste of time.  It’s fruitless.  It does not matter.  In a country of 350 million people, choosing the next president is absolutely outside of your sphere of influence.  You can vote for a certain person.  You can convince your friends and everyone you talk to to do the same.  Things are going to turn out the same, regardless.  Voting is a complete and utter waste of precious time.

More importantly, voting is participation in the system, and that system is the embodiment of evil.  Government is coercion.  Government is wrong.  Government is men with guns telling people what to do.  When you vote, when you ask the government to commit violence on your behalf, you yourself become a part of that government.  Aggression is wrong, even if by proxy.  That’s why the moral choice is not to vote.

Now, it’s tempting to make an exception for referendums.  When the state asks you if you want a law, can there be any harm in saying no?  In my own state, with ballot questions on legalizing marijuana and a proposal for required background checks on gun purchases, it really was tempting to voice my opinion.  Yes, I want fewer laws against victimless crimes.  And no, it’s nobody’s business who I sell a gun to.  Still, had I voted, had I cast a ballot, that would have placed me in the electorate.  That would have suggested that I approve.  They provided a vehicle to focus aggression.  I would have hopped on and taken a ride.  Voting, taking part, legitimizes a system that is harmful.  It voices approval.  Look at all the people who participated.  All hail the great and mighty system.  No, the best thing to do is stay at home.

Anarchy is absolutely not Utopian.  Challenges and setbacks are a part of life.  The question is, how are you going to solve those problems?  Today, via government, it’s done with aggression, violence, and coercion.  How about collaboration?  How about compromise?  Have you ever tried to just work around?  If it’s true that violence is necessary for society, could it be that that society isn’t worth it?  To me, the only choice is disengagement.  Participation, collusion, isn’t right.

 

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