To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. - Sun Tzu

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Why not to vote and vice versa

Voting is a social contract that says that all parties agree to abide by the results. This implies, however, that democracy functions as advertised, which it does not. If you vote, you have no right to complain- you agreed to the results! Voting legitimizes this fucked-up system. So, don't vote.

I vote because I think that's a messianic view of the world- Nothing is going to change for a while, and there's a lot more work to be done. Voting is a stop-gap; hopefully it will slightly reduce the amount of suffering in the world, in the short term. There's no point to not voting until we are enough to make something better (which will probably be some time in the 2020's, fyi).