What’s the difference between an anarchist and a minarchist? About six months, they say. Yet for some, it seems the mental journey stops before full enlightenment.
I recently had the pleasure of debating in front of an audience of mainstream conservatives and libertarians whether or not people should vote in elections.
You’d think at an event called FreedomFest that it’d be pretty self-explanatory for those in attendance to understand why you shouldn’t vote, but alas, I still felt like the odd-man out.
My arguments were met with the usual sneers and smirks from those who can’t comprehend how---or even why---we’d want to transition out of this rigged system of democratized violence.
My debate opponent, FreedomFest founder Mark Skousen---god bless his heart---offered the same tired old justifications (paraphrasing):
☒ “Voting prevents utter anarchy!”
☒ “Voter turnout increases when people are fed up and want change!”
☒ “Voting allows us to eject bad leaders without resorting to violence!”
Blah blah blah…
As my turn to speak approached, I knew what would happen: I’d lay out the fundamentals of why casting ballots is akin to violence, explain the non-aggression principle, provide examples of better ways to effect change, and overall assert that the state is a useless, diabolical entity which always does more harm than good.
The reaction was just as predictable as you’d imagine. I think I even heard someone in the crowd whisper, “what about the roads?”
Still, it was a fun and lively discussion which I think you’ll enjoy, if only to get a glimpse of how the watered-down, lukewarm, unenlightened “small government” demographic thinks.
Thankfully, here at TDV, I’m much more at home surrounded by friends who realize the inherently violent nature of government---and who use that knowledge to abstain from the system---and even profit along the way.
Those of us keen enough to see voting for what it truly is are more likely to appreciate the value of cryptocurrencies---both as a moral and financial strategy.
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About the Author
Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and cryptocurrency conferences including his own, Anarchapulco, as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. Jeff also posts exclusive content daily to the new blockchain based social media network, Steemit.