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The fascist, Wall Street duopoly that controls Washington would be broken were even one local Democrat action group to issue a statement saying, “This election we will vote en masse for the Green Party candidate in protest, even if that means a Republican will win.” Or were a Republican group to break ranks and vote Libertarian.
Until that happens, until someone, somewhere calls the bluff of the two parties, as long as the status quo parties can rely on people voting against the other party, no matter how rotten the candidate of ones own party is, nothing will change.
If the Democrats or Republicans were to lose even a single seat in the House or Senate because of third-party protest votes, they would immediately begin changing their platforms to win back voters.
Call their bluff. There is no meaningful difference between a Wall Street Republican and a Wall Street Democrat. Stop fooling yourself into thinking that you have to vote for one to prevent the other from winning!
ELECTION time is near upon us, and American politics is worse than ever. But let us at least accomplish this much: to retire once and for all the fallacy that says “I should vote for a useless Republican/Democrat candidate because he/she is a lesser evil than the useless Democrat/Republican candidate.”
This is both faulty and dangerous reasoning, and why is explained below.
At this point we all agree that the available Republican and Democrat candidates are deplorable. All pay allegience to the same aversive status quo, System, Wall Street establishment, power elite, or whatever else you want to call it.
“But,” so voters have mistakenly reasoned for the last several elections, “if the choice is between, say, a Democrat bandit who will support Obamacare and a Republican bandit will wants to take it away, clearly I should vote for the former as the lesser of two evils.” (And vice versa for Republican voters.)
The logical error is twofold: (1) in supposing that there are only two choices; and (2) in failing to take a long-term perspective in the calculation of harms and benefits.
One has the option to vote for neither the Republican nor Democrat bandit. If a third-party candidate is offered, then voting for that candidate will serve to protest against the status quo. Since the third-party candidate will not win, his or her platform is almost irrelevant. What matters is that you didn’t vote for either duopoly (Republican or Democrat) candidate.
Look at it this way. There are three possible scenarios for the future:
- People continue to vote for slavishly for duopoly candidates, and Democrats win overall. Then our country faces 50 years of bad and worsening conditions due to an aversive social, political, and economic system.
- People continue to vote for slavishly for duopoly candidates, and Republicans win overall. Then our country faces 50 years of bad and worsening conditions due to an aversive social, political, and economic system.
- People vote for third-party candidates, or, alternatively, express disapproval by writing in other names on ballots. Then our country faces, say, from 4 to 10 years of bad conditions; BUT, positive change has begun. If 10% or even 5% of voters declined to endorse either two-party candidate, Republican and Democrat strategists would immediately take notice, and there would be pressure for their party platforms to become more realistic.
Therefore, by considering all available options and taking a long-term time perspective, the most ethical choice is to reject both mainstream candidates, and make either a third-party or write-in vote. This applies even if a mainstream candidate pays lip to, say, campaign finance reform. At present, even the most idealistic two-party candidate will vote in lock step with the party establishment, keeping us in scenarios 1 and 2.
Get over the illusion that we’ll see positive change in Washington in the next four or six years. It isn’t going to happen. Use your vote, then, to produce positive change in the longer term.
A secret contact at the US Department of State just emailed me this! For a pdf version of this amazing document click here.
Syrian Rebel Group Application Form for US Arms
As of 17 September 2014, all Syrian insurgents wishing to receive US weapons shipments must complete the following application form.
What kind of rebels are you (circle only one): Good Bad Not sure
Do you promise not to give these arms to Al Qaeda, ISIS, or Hamas? Yes No
And not to sell them to anonymous buyers on the black market, despite the fact that doing so you could make millions, retire, buy a yacht, have a harem, move into a Dubai penthouse, and live in luxury for the rest of your life? Yes No
And ‘promise’ not to use them against the Assad regime, at least for now. But when you do use them against Assad, you’ll tell Russia that we didn’t know anything about it? Yes No
And you’re not pulling our leg? Yes No
You promise to help us, even though everybody in the Middle East hates us? Yes No
And don’t think we’re complete idiots for doing this? Yes No
You’ll give us back the arms when you’re done? Yes No
You’ll be nice to Israel, no matter how fast they gobble up the occupied territories? Yes No
Um, those other arms — you know, the ones we gave you before and that ended up in the hands of ISIS. That was just an accident, right? A little administrative error on your part, and you promise not to let it happen again? Yes No
Are you a CIA plant working for the US? Yes No Rather not say.
Congratulations! Your arms request is approved!
USDS form 2014_0232 (rev. 09/2014