Thursday, November 1, 2012

13 Reasons Not to Vote

If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
--Emma Goldman

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
--Charles Bukowski

Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom.
--Friedrich August von Hayek

Why do the people humiliate themselves by voting? I didn't vote because I have dignity. If I had closed my nose and voted for one of them, I would spit on my own face.
--Oriana Fallaci

Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. Next time, go all out and write in Lucifer on the ballot
--Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
― H.L. Mencken

Don't vote, it only encourages them.
- - Old anarchist saying

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
- - Oscar Wilde

Representative government is artifice, a political myth, designed to conceal from the masses the dominance of a self-selected, self-perpetuating, and self-serving traditional ruling class.
― Giuseppe Prezzolini

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
--Ayn Rand

I have never voted in my life...I have always known and understood that the idiots are in a majority so it's certain they will win.
--Louis-Ferdinand Celine

No matter whom you vote for, the Government always gets in.

You want to know about voting. I'm here to tell you about voting. Imagine you're locked in a huge underground night-club filled with sinners, whores, freaks and unnameable things that rape pitbulls for fun. And you ain't allowed out until you all vote on what you're going to do tonight. You like to put your feet up and watch "Republican Party Reservation". They like to have sex with normal people using knives, guns, and brand new sexual organs you did not even know existed. So you vote for television, and everyone else, as far as your eye can see, votes to fuck you with switchblades. That's voting. You're welcome.
--Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard


  1. I love the quotes! The reality is voting is delegation of your liberty to a tyrant.

  2. "The higher the wisdom the more incomprehensible does it become by ignorance. It is a manifest fact that the popular man or writer, is always one who is but little in advance of the mass, and consequently understandable by them: never the man who is far in advance of them and out of their sight....So that, even were electors content to choose the man proved by general evidence to be the most far-seeing...there would be small chance of their hitting on the best...Their deputy will be truly representative;—representative, that is, of the average stupidity." --- Herbert Spencer

  3. All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men. When the majority shall at length vote for the abolition of slavery, it will be because they are indifferent to slavery, or because there is but little slavery left to be abolished by their vote. They will then be the only slaves. Only his vote can hasten the abolition of slavery who asserts his own freedom by his vote. ~ Thoreau

  4. “If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.”
    --Mark Twain

  5. "Ron Paul isn't running, so now voting is the most evil, maniacal and stupid thing any human being could do. But if he was, then it'd be the opposite and it'd be your duty-bound obligation to cast a vote for this noble human being."

    ~Former RP supporter "libertarian" turned into antagonized, disillusioned recovering anarchist

    1. Well, I certainly wouldn't have voted for Ron Paul even though I financially supported his campaign. I supported him because of the success that he had last time around in spreading these ideas to a large audience. He was even more successful in that regard this time around, so it was money well spent. Other than my distaste for voting on ethical grounds, I certainly didn't want to see a true libertarian get into office while the ship is sinking, that would have been devastating to the current momentum of libertarian ideas, because the problems that we are facing cannot be solved by political means.

  6. Democracy is the parasitic and infantile belief in the collective wisdom of sociopathic terrorists.

  7. Democracy offers the false belief that you and your wife have twice the political pull of someone named Rockefeller.

    Source, unknown.

  8. Bionic,

    Hear, hear!

    And I would add to it a small ditty (may it be witty) that I came up with myself just now:

    "Voting involves the necessary self-delusion whereby one imagines the simple voicing of a preference can do the work of a lifetime devoted to political agitation and cultural reformation, if not the impossible."

  9. I always thought of voting as the eucharist of the State.

  10. Almost all of these quotes are about the nature of Democracy itself, not really about voting. Murray Rothbard himself argued very convincingly against the non-voting position.

    "We are not responsible for creating the State; it is there, we are within it, and our task is how to get this damn thing off out back. But I can easily carry your argument one step further: driving on government roads participates in State subsidy, it sanctions the State, etc. Using government mails does the same, etc. The state will not disappear if we ignore it, non-violent civil disobedient is hopeless and has never worked, even unworkable laws must be repealed via political action, etc.

    ...(A)s if citizen voting is constitutive, that is, that everytime we vote in an election this creates and constitutes the State. It is almost as if the State would not exist if we didn't go out and vote. Nonsense! The State is there, and it gives us this area of partial choice with which to work. Even if everyone failed to vote, the State would keep rolling on."

  11. "Voting for anyone of these political terrorists makes you a terrorist"


  12. Every election is like an advance auction of stolen goods.
    -HL Mencken