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Why I Don't Vote
Democracy has become a religion and anyone who criticises it is labelled a heretic.
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.
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.
policy differences between different candidates are exaggerated. 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
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.
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 obsolete by an evolutionary process
which rewards the shortsighted, corrupt, ambitious, greedy, and vain.
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.
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
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 other hand, decided to stand on a very simple platform of “Chips (fries) everyday, and longer break times.”
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
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
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.
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.