Two good posts at LRC blog today by Michael S. Rozeff:
Sit-ins used to be popular. I recommend a SIT-OUT. I recommend an ELECTION SIT-OUT.
A #VotingSitout is partly symbolic, partly motivational, partly a warning to leaders, and partly stirring the ground so that other seeds will take root. #VotingSitout has more of a long-term orientation and less of a right now view. It is less based on fear and more on transformation.
I’ve never seen too much benefit in most protests, marches, demonstrations or such group activities. Most of the time it seems like begging the “masters” for their kind benevolence – especially things like petitions and voting.
I’ve been “sitting out” of elections for decades myself. Since 1980, to
be exact, when I finally realized that the Libertarian Party was not
really any different than the others. They mean to rule well… but they
mean to rule. There is no provision in their platform for anyone to opt
out (if they attain office), and it gives only mocking lip service to
the non-aggression principle upon which libertarianism was founded.
Since then, I’ve been speaking and writing about the bed rock problem of
it all. People have been indoctrinated (by the rulers) for many
centuries to believe that those rulers have some logical and legitimate
authority to rule. That belief has not been refuted by any number of
“revolutions,” including the one that culminated in America. Indeed, it
is a great example. Those who “won” the revolution went on to assume all
of the “authority” and prerogatives of the king they replaced. Dressed
up as the “constitution” and so forth… but the lie remains.
Seems to me that anyone can choose whichever “boss” they want, and
continue to suffer the loss of their property, prosperity, and all too
often their lives… But nobody can legitimately choose that for someone
I don’t accept their “authority.” I don’t consent. I will not comply if
it is at all possible. I refuse to impose my wants and beliefs on
others, and I don’t want to steal anything from them either.
That is the basis of why I don’t “vote.”
But, somehow, Rozeff’s idea struck me as something different…What does this “SitOut” proposal say to you? Is it something you might organize and encourage others to participate in? Why? Or why not?