There are quite a few anarchists out there who scoff at the very notion of voting. The general argument is that voting just “feeds the beast” and is essentially an acknowledgment of the government’s authority over us as individuals. Personally, I feel these anarchists are either overly idealistic or short-sighted.
Few rational individuals (even amongst the anarchy lovin’ crowd) endorse the idea of instant removal of government. Doing so would surely lead to chaos, which is exactly what our opponents claim is the inevitable result of anarchy anyway. The problem is that chaos will simply lead to dictatorship or some other similar government oppression. What we need to do is ease our way towards anarchy and the first step in doing that is slowing the growth of government. There are two primary ways of accomplishing that and both entail voting-
- Divided Government –
Keeping the executive and legislative branches in opposing hands slows government growth in some pretty obvious ways.
- Budgetary constraints – With the legislature writing the budget but the executive approving it the most outrageous government programs are nixed before they can even begin. Remember President Clinton’s record breaking budget surplus? That would never have happened had the Congress been in Democratic hands.
- Protection of Freedoms – The last six years have seen the fastest reduction of personal freedoms in American history. While it’s easy to blame this on 9/11, do you really think things like the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act would have passed a Democratic congress so readily?
- Less chance of war – Going to war is seldom an easy decision. But it’s a lot easier decision to make when you’re stating your case to people generally of the same mind. Every major military conflict that the United States has been evolved in over the last century was initiated when a single party controlled both Congress and the Presidency (many minor ones as well).
- Dismantling Government –
Overthrowing the government is a messy and unattractive task. But dismantling the government over time will not only bring us closer to the freedom we both seek and deserve, but also be the most powerful educational tool we could ever wield. The primary reason so many people think government is necessary is that the government itself has been telling them that for generations. If elected officials actually start standing up and talking about how the free market can solve problems better than government, while simultaneously preventing new government programs from being created and trimming back existing programs, even the masses will eventually learn.
The problem, then, lies in the fact that most Americans tend to vote for a specific candidate based on one of three factors: party affiliation, name recognition, or who they think will win. Little can be done about the first factor, but the latter two are largely a result of media coverage. And the major media loves the two party system, meaning third party candidates have next to zero chance of winning any sort of national office.
Enter Ron Paul. As a Libertarian in Republican Clothing he’s the perfect vessel for change in Washington. If he can secure the Republican nomination the older “Republican Guard” will have no choice but to vote for him in order to keep the Democrats out of office. Meanwhile, his Libertarian views will siphon off a large percentage of the young people who traditionally vote Democrat, nearly ensuring victory. Of course, those Dems who do “cross over” to vote their principles will still be voting Democrat in the Senate and Congressional races, thus furthering the cause of gridlock. Add Paul’s reputation as “Dr. No” to the mix and we could very well see the fewest number of bills passed during any Presidential term in the last century. His Congressional colleagues call him “Dr. No” because he consistently votes no on any bill that will expand government.
2008 provides an unprecedented opportunity for anarchists to move the United States towards freedom. The first step in doing that is ensuring that Ron Paul gains the Republican nomination. Which means changing your voter registration to (or registering for the first time as) Republican. Once he secures the nomination it’s all downhill, barring a bullet to his brain or Bush declaring martial law.
The Complete Applied Anarchy Series-
- What Is Applied Anarchy?
- Applied Anarchy – One Way I Legally Avoid Taxes
- Applied Anarchy: Financial Security Without Fiat Currency
- Practicing What We Preach
- Applied Anarchy: Why Anarchists Should Vote For Ron Paul
- Applied Anarchy – Parking Meters
- Applied Anarchy – Minimizing Your Income Tax Burden
- Sales Tax and Couponing For Cash
- Applied Anarchy – 12 Steps To Recovery
- Money Makes The World Go Round
- Doing Away With Fiat Currency
- Applied Anarchy – Free Market Health Care
- Applied Anarchy – How Would It Work?
- Applied Anarchy – Listen To Your Kids
- Happy Birthday Comrade Kropotkin!
- The Market Finally Takes Down DRM – Copyright Quivers In Boots
- Pushing The Political Easy Button
- A Call To Arms For Anarchist Bloggers
- Applied Anarchy – Voting As Self-Defense
- Applied Anarchy: Why Taxes Are Theft
- I’m Now A Silver AMPlifier for Free Talk Live!
- Applied Anarchy: You CAN Trust Politicians…
- How The Market Can Enforce Intellectual Property
- Applied Anarchy – Make Freedom A Bestseller
- Why Seek Liberation?