Guest Post: Why I Don't Vote

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Submitted by The Needle Blog

Why I Don't Vote

Democracy has become a religion and anyone who criticises it is labelled a heretic.

How many times have you heard the mantra that ‘if you don’t vote, you can’t complain’? Whereas, actually, the opposite is true, ‘if you do vote, you can’t complain.’ It is no coincidence that the emergence of the philosophical concept of the ‘Social Contract’ runs parallel to democratic development in the modern era.

In political philosophy the social contract or political contract is a theory or model, originating during the Age of Enlightenment, that typically addresses the questions of the origin of society and the legitimacy of the authority of the state over the individual. Social contract arguments typically posit that individuals have consented, either explicitly or tacitly, to surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the ruler or magistrate (or to the decision of a majority), in exchange for protection of their remaining rights. The question of the relation between natural and legal rights, therefore, is often an aspect of social contract theory.


Democracy legitimises authority.

Every time you vote you sign the Social Contract.

If you vote and your ‘favoured’ candidate does not win, you have absolutely no right to complain because by voting you have accepted the process and are bound by it’s result. It is not a coincidence either that you are asked to put a cross, also used as a replacement for a signature for a person who is illiterate and thus cannot write their name, next to your choice on the ballot.

The policy differences between different candidates are exagerated. This encourages you to sign the Social Contract by making you believe that you have a real choice. But the choice is an illusion because the true policy differences are slight and 99% of leadership is management, keeping the bureaucratic apparatus of state moving and reacting to events.

For the overwhelming majority it makes little difference which candidate wins any election. Only the wealthy and powerful who can expect some kind of reward, in the form of patronage or largesse, Government contracts etc, for their financial, political, and media support have a dog in the fight.

Your role, by voting, is to legitimise this corruption.

Democracy encourages short-termism. Instead of our leaders planning for a sustainable future they pander to a selfish and fickle electorate who only want jam today and who will punish any politician at the polls who does not give it to them. As a consequence the farsighted, fairminded and responsible leadership that the world needs in the 21st century, is completely absent, made obselete by an evolutionary process which rewards the shortsighted, corrupt, ambitious, greedy, and vain.

This is a genuine story, In 1974 in the UK there were two general election. The first in February was inconclusive and it led to another in October. In the run up to this second election the leaders of all the main political parties made the most extraordinary undeliverable promises to buy the votes of the British electorate.

I was six years old, and attending my local infants school, when the teaching staff there taught me one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned. They decided to hold their own school election at a special assembly at which all the parents were invited to attend, though only the children would vote. Before the assembly they took myself and a young girl into separate classrooms, to the young girl they explained the needs of the school and what changes would be beneficial to the pupils education,. To me they just gave one simple instruction “Just get elected.”

The young girl addressed the children, parents, and teachers and made a very sensible address, “more books, longer school hours, and a healthy diet”.

I, on the otherhand, decided to stand on a very simple platform of “Chips (fries) everyday, and longer breaktimes.”

The result will come as no surprise, I won by a landslide. As I grew older and began to reflect more on this the lesson became clearer. The electorate will always vote for what they want, rather than what they need. The electorate are no better than a cohort of infant school children.

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, November 11, 1947

Aristotle would have disagreed with Winston Churchill. Aristotle thought that democracy was a perverted form of Government which served the indignant (or capricious) mob at the expense of the broader interests of the state and it’s citizens.

Voting for Libertarianism is oxymoronic. You can not vote for your freedom because the ballot is a signed contract which binds you to a democratic system specifically designed to defraud you of any choice. Only by not voting can you opt out. This does not mean that you will not be subject to the tyranny of the majority but you will be free.


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Sircornflakes's picture

You don't vote then quit your whining.

SafelyGraze's picture

if voting is a barbarous relic, then why do people still do it?

A: tradition

vast-dom's picture

some traditions are more barbaric than others.


vote and you have zero right to complain. not voting gives you the right.

Precious's picture

<- Change underwear

<- Never change underwear

vast-dom's picture

change one pair of rotten holey shit-stained underwear for another. good move.

Precious's picture

<- Wear underwear

<- Never wear underwear

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Every America has a responsibility to do two things:


1. Watch the news


Americans have almost universal access to top quality news outlets, covering ground breaking news stories from all over the world. It is the duty of every American to stay informed about what is going on in the world so they can make intelligent voting decisions. Today I learned that Iran may nuke Israel and America in the next two years without significant intervention by the US military.


2. Vote


It is absolutely inexcusable that so many Americans choose not to vote in the presidential election. Voting decides the futures of thousands of people and it should be a collective decision. Remember, it’s your benefits, your money and your jobs that are on the line. Voting is how we collectively decide how politicians should spend our money, and it is crucial that we pool together our collective wisdom to ensure that we pick the best politicians for the job.


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Also, now that the economy is picking up and people are thinking about how to invest in the global recovery, econimic updates on CNN and MSNBC are becoming increasingly important. These outlets give regular updates on the economy, jobs and the stock market to keep average Americans up to date with the news on the street. With such a wealth of quality financial news outlets available to Americans, there really is no excuse not to stay informed about the economy.

Precious's picture

<- Can't stop talking

<- Never gets laid

Orly's picture

Actually, I love this guy.  It's like this: if you could listen to the stuff floating around in Blankfein's mind about all you little muppets, this is exactly what it would sound like.  Quite perceptive, really.


Precious's picture

<- Dipshit

<- Fucktard

Orly's picture

<=== Right

<=== Wrong

Why don't you expand your mind  little a try to understand what satire really is?  It's not parody.  It's satire.  Big difference.

Stackers's picture

Voting for the least stinky pile of dog crap still leaves you with a pile of dog crap.

CommunityStandard's picture

You know what?  Not voting also leaves you with a pile of dog crap.  While I'm not advocating voting, it would be nice if there was a better solution to the problem.  Out of all the rights I am losing, I'm least worried about my right to complain.

iDealMeat's picture

Jesus H. Christ...  Precious..  I rarely LOL..


Thank you for the Friday Awesomeness..


itchy166's picture

Maybe, but what would they do if NOBODY voted?

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

If nobody votes then the House votes.  And if the House members also donT vote (by March 4, 2013), then Biden becomes president.  Biden for Pres!


Caveat:  *assuming* the provisions in the US Constitution are followed...

But it is a "living document", so they can change it on a whim.  Tyler for Pres!



Dr. Sandi's picture

Tippecanoe and Tyler too!

(We can have Tippecanoe killed within days of the election.)

Muppet of the Universe's picture

Silly Muppets, diebold votes for you.

Anusocracy's picture

Screw the satire.

What's needed is mockery, insults, and loathing.

Orly's picture

We have enough of that here, thanks.  Plus, name-calling and vulgarity.

It's nice to see someone with some brains getting everyone all riled up when he's really on your side; you just don't see and appreicate it.

Precious's picture

<- Coffee enema

<- Sweat lodge

Orly's picture

As par example.  Doesn't take a lot of thought or creativity to come up with inane comparisons that make zero sense to anyone but this guy.  Maybe a little thought to learn to type arrows...

Yeah, we have had enough of that idiocy.  Let's stick with a little intellectual jousting, shall we?

Precious's picture

Don't you have some cookies to bake?

fuu's picture

Umm do you sell vacation packages?

Uncle Remus's picture

I feel ya. It's always "consumer" this and "consumer" that. It's like I'm just a number. And the return on an investment? Yeah, there's some vulgarity for ya.  Or Ben's CTRL-P gang sign - yep, you guessed - vulgarity.

JimBowie1958's picture

You are not JUST a number, obviously, but you are ALSO a numbered, measured and safety certified buyer of marketed schlock to keep the economy going.

Or something like that.

Anusocracy's picture

There is nothing to gained by lighting up the confirmation bias circuits in the typical American Dodo's brain.

Don't reinforce stupid beliefs in stupid people.

Uncle Remus's picture

Oh wait - I'll go get my wife....mockery, insults, and loathing she can do.

Anusocracy's picture

Someone who understands you.

0z's picture

Even Francis Bacon knew that Democracy could only possibly work in a small community, in which everyone knew everyone else, consequently not banding in groups to steal from the others.

Political science has long agreed that Democracy is usually one of the worst possible form of Government.

Besides, few ideologies have made so many war victims.

I strongly suggest reading "Democracy"The God that Failed" By Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

I understand that most will blast this bit of information. What else can be expected from 20+ years of indoctrination into into this ideology?

Seer's picture

This is all rambling based on a false premise!  The US is a REPUBLICAN form of government.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Well, technically you're correct but a republic is usually legitimized by a Constitution. Unfortunately because this document has been thouroughly been trashed in recent years I suppose the US is closer to a fascist corporate form of government .


Revert_Back_to_1792_Act's picture

WTF is "The US" - that sound scary?! is that like "THEY Live"?


Our word for the day is Government.


Govern = Control, Rule

Ment =  mental, mind, thinking (from Mentis)


So you are saying we have a Republican form of mind-control?


So the public is controling my mind...AHHHHHHHH..... carried away there..was rambling based on a false premise.


"Can you feel the static?  So many contacts being made!"


Lendo's picture

And I thought I was good at trolling..

Pure Evil's picture

I voted for "More of the same", those "Status Quo" guys really scare the bejebbers out of me. Those third party candidates "Continuity" and "Same old same old" really have no chance.

Clashfan's picture

Best comment on the thread... so far.

Why don't people look into this?

Or, I don't know, some group like it? Simple changes in election rules like this could really give power to the voters (well, if we also did away w/the rigged machines).

TimmyB's picture

If voting actually changed things, it would be illegal.   

Sketch's picture

MillionDOllarBonus_ : you are correct in that the elections DO indeed decide "the futures of thousands of people"... however there are MILLIIONS of people that live here.

/your comment on the media is laughable... I would vote you up on that alone if I thought you were joking.

Sparkey's picture

Sketch,, if you don't know he is joking, satirizing,.. MDB is really quite gifted, he offers his satire in a dead pan style, and he fools a lot of literalists. Go, Go, MDB you are a breath of fresh air! 

Rapada's picture

Why does everyone junk MDB? He is an artiste!

Pure Evil's picture

Maybe some people don't like his style of art.

Orly's picture

Great comedians have always taken the truth, twisted it and reflected it back on yourself.  Richard Pryor may have been the all-time master.  Makes you laugh but makes you think, too.

Uncle Remus's picture

Maybe, but its not like anyone paid to get in here.

Dr. Sandi's picture

Are you kidding? It's a two drink minimum, but no cover charge. Note that the brick wall behind the stage has bullet holes in it.