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Last night Bob Wenzel wrote a fantastic open letter to libertarians about not being fooled by Rand Paul. On the back of that fine writing, I'd like to add a few thoughts of my own, considering how important the topic is.
Very often I hear complaints that libertarians are just a bunch of complainers. And the worst, as a commenter pointed out to me last night, are those that don't vote and encourage others not to vote.
Sadly, I get that one a lot; and it just shows me that the whole concept of voting is still going over their heads. I explained why I don't vote here, but I'm going to elaborate some more.
Voting is tool of The State.
Voters go to a government-owned building to cast a vote for two government-approved candidates. Votes are cast on government controlled machines, and the government counts the votes.
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph StalinAnd let's not forget that the government spends BIG BUCKS on advertising campaigns to get you to vote. It can whip up a few movie stars in a heartbeat to convince you that "your voice" needs to be heard.
Voting serves The State. It's a non-violent way for them to shuffle around a few chairs, and give the illusion that "the People" are in control.
Let's say, for whatever reason, it didn't serve The State. Well, they would find a way to shut it down.
"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." - Emma GoldmanHistory has plenty of examples of Kings shutting down Parliaments. Even modern-day "elected leaders" around the world give themselves extraordinary powers when they see fit.
Yes...Ron Paul slipped through the cracks.
He's the only one to do it in over 200 years.
But the government completely shut him down (politically)...changing the voting rules whenever it was necessary, and blacking him out on the state controlled media.
Ron Paul's triumph is not in what he accomplished politically, but that he used the government platform to spread the ideas of liberty to millions.
Now...as dumb as government is, when it comes to their own preservation, they're very very smart. You can be sure that they won't let another Ron Paul slip through the cracks again.
Many people want to see something tangible; a plan. For liberty to win, we have to do A, which will be followed by B & C, they say. We have to get this politician elected, or that law passed, etc.
There can be no plan to get there. If there were one, the government and elitists would surely intercept the plan and squash it.
What Hayek called "the spontaneous order" is our greatest ally.
For liberty to succeed, voting and planning is not required. What's required is your mouth and another person's ear. Take the ball that Ron Paul got rolling, and push it forward.
Unless you live in North Korea, where the outside world is completely shut out, the opportunity to spread the ideas of liberty have never been better! Every time that you use Twitter, Facebook, a blog post, or even a personal conversation to promote liberty, you do more damage to The State than voting ever will.
The ability to spread libertarian ideas is the achilles heal of The State. Ron Paul miraculously gave us the numbers...now build on it!
It's time to drop the silly idea of using the government to defeat the government. It's ridiculous!