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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voting: How to Feel Good without Doing Anything

I seriously need to stop posting about voting already, it is turning into an obsession. I will make this my last post on voting for a while.

I was in college today (Election Day), I was standing and waiting to be interviewed with a professor. Then I see a woman passing by me, she is happy, with a smile on her face. What can she be so happy about? Maybe her husband screwed her last night, could be, but I think she just came in from voting. She was feeling good about voting. She just came back from voting and had a smile on her face that she voted. Of course, you going to ask me how I can possibly know this. Well, I have a good reason for thinking that. Because she saw me standing there and asked me, "did you vote?". And I said, happily, "No". Then she asked me, "are you registered to vote?". I then said, even more happily and the feeling of superiority over her, "No and I do not want to". You can see how that happy face she had on moments before turned into a disappointed face, she left, and said, "maybe someday you will change your mind".

If she is happy and then she becomes disappointed from knowing someone does not want to vote, it is perhaps a sign that she was happy about the fact that she voted. This is not certain, I am making a conjecture, but I think I am being reasonable here.

Behold, I then had a revelation about voting. Most people vote because they feel good about it. Voting is a way to make yourself feel like you are doing something important. Indeed, the common statist myth is that "we are the government", and if you believe in that, then it makes sense why you are happy to vote. Because you see yourself as acting in justice and virtue.

The true heroes who impact United States for the better are the workers, the entrepreneurs, the capitalists, the people who interact through the market. These are the true heroes that make the country better. These are the people who create jobs, who work, who generate wealth, and innovate, and so forth. These people are making a positive impact. It is true that most of these heroes do not do so because they want to impact the country, most of them do it for their own self-interest, but their actions do positively affect the country.

But what does one who votes actually accomplish? Does he innovate a new product, like the Fleshlight, so that losers who cannot get any pussy finally get some? Does he make cars that allow millions of people to transport themselves? No. Does he give out loans for people that they can use the money to build something? No. Does he create jobs by hiring more workers? No. What does a voter physically do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

But the voter feels good about himself because he imagines himself as actually doing something. He believes that he is responsible for the changes that will happen in the country. And since his intentions are good he therefore sees himself as acting positively. Hence, he feels good about himself.

This is the reason why, also, why lots of voters hate the non-voter. Because, by the same reasoning process that they have, they see the non-voter as not caring and not interested in making an impact on the country. So they see him as a person who lives off the country without a concern for his fellow citizens.

What did I do on Election Day? Like George Carlin did, I masturbated.


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  3. Value is subjective. If you feel like you get something out of voting, the ability to anonymously vent your opinion or whatever, there's no harm. Oddly, there are two arguments about voting common in libertarian circles, both often coming from the same people, which are contradictory. One is that you are more likely to be killed on the way to the voting booth than to actually impact the outcome. This is true, but an understatement by many orders of magnitude. It's like McDonald's saying they've served 100 hamburgers. The second argument is that voting is wrong because it gives consent to the system. Why should it do that, given the first point?

    I voted. My vote won't count, of course, but there were candidates I could vote for in good conscience. I was running, and there was actually a good Republican running in my state. There were also a few Libertarians.

  4. "My vote won't count, of course.":

    If voting made a difference they would make it illegal - Emma Goldman.

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  6. "As someone who claims to be Jewish, don't you understand that the fleyshlight should not be combined with the milchigdik?":

    I am not sure what this means.