The idea is, if you didn't try to influence the machinery of the state, then you have no right to complain about what the machinery of the state does to you against your will.
The idea is, of course, laughable on it's face.
As with all statist memes, the reality is the opposite. You can't complain if you *did* vote!
Why? Because, *gasp* you voted for it!
By taking part in the state's voting ritual, you affirm the legitimacy of the system, you tell the government how you want the state's machinery to run, you say how you want to force people to live.
By not voting, you are voicing your displeasure with the system, you are showing it has no validity in your life, you're showing it's irrelevant and the system is an illegitimate fraud.
The biggest constituency in America is not republicans or democrats, the biggest constituency is non-voters! Whether it be because they don't care, don't have the time, don't think their vote counts for jack squat, or think voting is inherently immoral because it involves telling strangers how to live, the non-voter is the largest voter! They're voting not to take part in the state's charade!
Certainly an argument could be made, "I don't want the state to rob from me etc., so therefor I try to minimize it's damages."
That's all fine and dandy, but for the average voter, I think it's likely they go in the booth with the intent of trying to tell other people how to live. Of course, they get the oppressive nanny state they ask for, and when it comes to burn them, all the sudden they start to complain. Not enough to actually question the system, just enough to go back next election and vote for some other clown who tells them everything they want to hear and talks to them like a... (more)
3 Charts That Prove That We Are In The Biggest Debt Bubble In The History Of The World
posted 11/02/2010, 10:32 PM (The Economic Collapse) [Category: Economy] Do you want to see something truly frightening? Just check out the 3 charts posted further down in this article. These charts prove that we are now in the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world. As Americans have enjoyed an incredibly wonderful standard of living over the past three decades, most of them have believed that it was because we are the wealthiest, most prosperous nation on the planet with economic and financial systems that are second to none. But that is not even close... (more)
Tax and Crash
posted 11/02/2010, 10:32 PM (S.M. Oliva) [Category: Commentary] The United States and its co-conspirator governments are prepared to impose a new round of “security” mandates on airlines in response to an alleged discovery of explosives in Yemeni-based flights destined for Chicago. Giovanni Bisignani, the CEO of the International Air Transport Association, cautioned against yet another round of knee-jerk authoritarianism, and... (more)
President Obama is on the campaign trail warning voters about "re... (more)
Why Is Jonah Goldberg Still Here?
posted 11/02/2010, 10:31 PM (Karen Kwiatkowski) [Category: Commentary] I'm not threatening Jonah Goldberg. Rather I am paraphrasing Goldberg’s own published threat to Julian Assange, in a column Goldberg wrote last week entitled "Why is Assange Still Alive?" My intention, in the following paragraphs, is to suggest to poor Jonah how it might feel to have someone publicly wish him harm, and muse about method.
The next two paragraphs reflect what Jonah wrote, with my humble alterations.
Once considered the best in the nation, California's state parks are fall... (more)
Bleh, the way to privatize a park is to sell it to the highest bidder and split the proceeds among taxpayers. You don't set up some crony capitalist private-public partnership.
Is it run better by a quasi-private company?
Of course it is, but the last thing you want is to have an efficient government.
Do you want the IRS to steal from people more efficiently? Do you want the police to enforce all our insane laws more efficiently? Do you want the regulators and the EPA to enforce all their insane laws more efficiently? Do you want the military to enforce martial law more efficiently?
We'd all be in jail if government was actually efficient and actually accomplished what it set out to do. Government's incompetence is freedom's greatest ally.
This is the Koch's brand of libertarianism, it's just crony capitalism masked behind libertarian rhetoric. We need real private property and real privatization, not government leasing taxpayer facilities to the politically connected and yet still retaining control.
The government had no right to seize these properties and declare ownership over them in the first place, sell them at auction and return them back to the people, it's up to them what they decide to do with them. - Chris
Taxation: Murder on the Installment Plan
posted 11/02/2010, 10:30 PM (Strike The Root) [Category: Commentary] Government messages employ lots of slave-speech. For example, we are told that “children are the nation’s most precious resource.” Note the misuse of the possessive. The assumption is that people are the property of the state. In a similar way, we hear about “un-renewable resources.” Usually it’s a substance such as oil. With substances, however, there is a lot of give-and-take. For example, we can manufacture fuels from farm products, so the phrase un-renewable resource may not apply. There is,... (more)
Where are these crazy kids learning these things?! Stefan Molyneux expla
posted 11/02/2010, 10:30 PM (Strike The Root) [Category: Commentary] Don’t you just love three dollar a gallon gas and spending almost $250 a week on groceries that used to cost you just $200 only two or three years ago? Whoever coined the statement “money is no object” was either Chairman of the Federal Reserve or a high-ranking economist of the Weimar Republic.
This new ad is part of an ongoing communications program in CAGW's decade... (more)
Funny video despite the fact China is basically our biggest ally because they finance our empire and buy our worthless debt. We will, of course, default on all our debt to them, they are going to lose big on their investment (they already are). This idea they're some evil menace is total propaganda, China is on course to be the next America, if they hit a depression (due to the same idiotic government spending) the country could break up again and some places could become extremely free. - Chris
IMF Tax Tribunals Coming to America Soon?
posted 11/02/2010, 10:29 PM (Infowars) [Category: Commentary] In Greece, the bankster loan sharking operation popularly known as the International Monetary Fund has proposed creating special courts and tribunals to prosecute tax evaders. Greek’s finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, a socialist Bilderberg member and a graduate of the London School of Economics, has “suggested the effective management of whistle-blowing” to protect people who rat out tax scofflaws. ... (more)
Just 20-30 minutes after closing time, a bunny costumed man began... (more)
Memos Detail TSA Officer's Cocaine Pranks
posted 11/02/2010, 10:28 PM (The Smoking Gun) [Category: Tyranny/Police State] NOVEMBER 2--The Transportation Security Administration worker who earlier this year was canned for falsely claiming to have discovered cocaine in the luggage of travelers was a bomb appraisal officer who was supposed to be evaluating new screening equipment at the time he was pranking his unsuspecting targets, records show.
Government accusations: No evidence needed
posted 11/02/2010, 10:28 PM (Glenn Greenwald) [Category: Commentary] The reality, as today's version of the NYT makes clear, is that the U.S. has no idea who is responsible for sending these bombs. So in the dark are they that Homeland Security actually blamed two Yemeni schools that don't even seem to exist, with the only one remotely similar to it being one sponsored by the State Department.
NASA Once Again Auctioning Off Patents Your Tax Dollars Paid For
posted 11/02/2010, 10:27 PM (Techdirt) [Category: Politics/Corruption] One of the few good things in the US concerning copyright law was the decision to make sure that all federal government documents, that are released, are released into the public domain rather than covered by any sort of government copyright (such as crown copyright found in other countries). However, for some reason, the government has not done the same thing when it comes to federally funded research that is turned into patents. A couple of years ago, we questioned why
Suicide is Painless
posted 11/02/2010, 10:26 PM (Zero Hedge) [Category: Commentary] Everyone has watched one of the best TV series of all-time – M*A*S*H. You also know the tune that played during the opening credits as helicopters delivered wounded soldiers to the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Unit. Most people have never heard the lyrics that go with the music. The song is Suicide is Painless and the lyrics were sung during the ... (more)
He’s talking about the brief momentary highs of nearly $50 an ounce back in 1980. With silver currently selling for less than $24 an ounce, Mr. Rogers is technically correct. But priced in 2010 dollars, the inflation adjusted high for silver would be closer to $124.
So if you believe that silver prices will make new... (more)
Anthony Gregory on Voting
posted 11/02/2010, 5:12 PM (Anthony Gregory) [Category: Commentary] No one has a right to vote. Voting is not rooted in property rights, as all actual rights are, and is thus an entitlement. On the other hand, voting is a victimless crime — or at least voter fraud should not be punished by the state. So walking into a polling booth and marking more than one pieces of paper, in itself, is not a crime against person or property. The state should neither guarantee that people have access to voting, nor should it jail people for stuffing the ballot box. This would a... (more)