Thoughts on Voting
Billy Beck at Samizdata on voting:
...Well, guess what. I represent myself. I do it all year long, every day of every year, and I don't wait around for their goddamned permission every couple of years, presented as a duty -- mind you -- to line up at the polls and hand them a blank check during the periods between the national hysterics every couple of years.
And that's the very last thing they ever want: me, standing for myself.
You are dead wrong. Every one of you here who votes: you're all wrong.
You're getting more wrong with every passing election, and you keep doing it.
I know -- I know -- that I am not making an impression with any of this. You're going to keep doing it, in some atavistic hope that I will never understand. You'll keep doing it until it eventually dawns on you, one at a time, that you have committed all the years of your only-ever life to this pathetic sop of a consolation that they hold out to you, and that it has gotten you nothing but more tyranny all the while...
Read the full string of comments at Samizdata, and then ask yourself:
Do I want to delude myself with fantasies of Civics 101 into helping my oppressors?
Or, as Marko put it earlier this year:
Not to put too fine a point on it, but exhorting people to vote for McCain with the “he’s less bad than Hillbama” argument is like urging them to pick rapist #1 over rapist #2 on the grounds that #1 is a little less well endowed, and that he promised to let you pick the position.