by Alexander S. Peak
While I have come to doubt that freedom will ever be acquired through the ballot box, and while I defend the rights of nonvoters, I have not personally kicked the voting habit. With shame, I have continued to vote.
Recently, I’ve began asking myself why that is. Why do I continue to vote, even though I doubt it will bring about a freer world? The only answer I have come upon is that I hate war so much, I have not been able to bring myself to cease voting for antiwar candidates.
War is the single most disgusting activity ever engaged in by man. It is worse than theft (and, it is often funded through theft); it is worse than racism (and, it is often fueled by racism); it is worse than rape (and, it has historically incorporated systemic mass rape); it is worse than the murder of a single man, for it is nothing less than the act of murder on a grand scale. War degrades entire societies, devolving them into mobs of unthinking zombies. War debases every virtue.
Everything Murray Newton Rothbard and Harry Browne ever wrote about war is true.
When I think of innocent people burning in the fires of war, suffering, dying–well, that’s why I still vote.
With that said, none of this is to imply that people should vote. If you wish to continue not voting, more power to you! But, if you are going to vote, be sure you are voting for peace.
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