The Futility of Voting – Part 4

The Futility of Voting

The Futility of Voting – Part 2

The Futility of Voting – Part 3

Doug Casey of Casey Research is a well known advocate of anarcho-capitalism. He recently republished an article about why voting is immoral. In this article, he makes the following five points:

  1. “… voting is an unethical act, in and of itself. That’s because the state is pure, institutionalized coercion. If you believe that coercion is an improper way for people to relate to one another, then you shouldn’t engage in a process that formalizes and guarantees the use of coercion.”
  2. “It compromises your privacy to vote. It gets your name added to a list government busybodies can make use of … “
  3. “… it’s a degrading experience. The reason I say that is because registering to vote, and voting itself, usually involves taking productive time out of your day to go stand around in lines in government offices. You have to fill out forms and deal with petty bureaucrats. I know I can find much more enjoyable and productive things to do with my time …”
  4. “… voting just encourages them.I’m convinced that most people don’t vote for candidates they believe in, but against candidates they fear. But that’s not how the guy who wins sees it; the more votes he gets, the more he thinks he’s got a mandate to rule – even if all his votes are really just votes against his opponent. Some people justify this, saying it minimizes harm to vote for the lesser of two evils. That’s nonsense, because it still leaves you voting for evil. The lesser of two evils is still evil.”
  5. “Your vote doesn’t count. … People really like to believe that their individual votes count. Politicians like to say that every vote counts, because it gets everyone into busybody mode, makes voters complicit in their crimes. But statistically, any person’s vote makes no more difference than a single grain of sand on a beach. Thinking their vote counts seems to give people who need it an inflated sense of self-worth.”

I encourage readers to read the entire article as Casey expands upon these points.

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