One often used reason that people bring up to justify their decision to vote during elections is that if they don’t vote, they give the worst candidates a better chance of winning. By voting for the candidate that’s less evil, they lessen the damage that will be done in the future — or so they think.
This reason to justify voting was even mentioned in the past by libertarian Murray Rothbard. What he describes below (source) is in essence what you’ll often hear from other people to justify their decision to vote.
Let’s put it this way: Suppose we were slaves in the Old South, and that for some reason, each plantation had a system where the slaves were allowed to choose every four years between two alternative masters. Would it be evil, and sanctioning slavery, to participate in such a choice? Suppose one master was a monster who systematically tortured all the slaves, while the other one was kindly, enforced almost no work rules, freed one slave a year, or whatever. It would seem to me not only not aggression to vote for the kinder master but idiotic if we failed to do so. Of course, there might well be circumstances—say when both masters are similar—where the slaves would be better off not voting in order to make a visible protest—but this is a tactical not a moral consideration. Voting would not be evil but, in such a case, less effective than the protest. But if it is morally licit and nonaggressive for slaves to vote for a choice of masters, in the same way it is licit for us to vote for what we believe the lesser of two or more evils, and still more beneficial to vote for an avowedly libertarian candidates.
To that, Samuel Edward Konkin III responded as follows:
Can you imagine slaves on a plantation sitting around voting for masters and spending their energy on campaigning and candidates when they could be heading for the “underground railway?” Surely they would choose the counter-economic alternative; surely Dr. Rothbard would urge them to do so and not be seduced into remaining on the plantation until the Abolitionist Slavemasters’ Party is elected.
Like Konkin argues, instead of voting at all, it would be better to focus our time and energy on looking for, and supporting, better alternatives! Participating in this system of enslavement benefits the system and only helps it to stay alive that much longer! While it may be difficult to completely stop participating in this anti-social system, especially these days, not voting requires no effort at all.
Looking at it another way, voting for the lesser of the evils, as Rothbard would like you to do, still means that you are voting for evil! It’s aggression and idiotic to do so. The better and more logical option is not to vote for evil at all! Rothbard was simply very wrong.
This is similar to how people often mention that “government is a necessary evil.” The belief that government is a necessary evil, is a belief that evil is necessary. And I don’t think I have to explain to you why that belief is a very dangerous and destructive belief to have. It really doesn’t make sense to think that way.
Consider this analogy: If a group of your friends would decide to team up and go rob a bank, and you were opposed to that idea, would you go along with them just to lessen the damage they could do? Would you think to yourself, “well gee, I don’t like this at all, but I better go with them and try to discourage them and try to lessen the damage they are going to do?” The answer is no, you wouldn’t, because you understand that you would be complicit in the crime they were about to perpetrate. You would choose not to participate at all. At least, assuming you wanted to do what’s morally right.
The same goes for voting during elections; by voting you give your consent to all the crimes that will be committed by those who are voted into power — crimes that will be perpetrated not only against you, but even against others who don’t want to take part in this anti-social system. You become part of a criminal enterprise, whether you realize it or not. The same goes for all those politicians running for office, all the representatives of parliament and indeed everyone working for government — no matter if they have positive intentions. You cannot take part in, and support, a system that is fundamentally evil, and expect to bring about a lasting positive outcome. Like Spock would say, “that’s highly illogical, captain.”
Like I mentioned in a previous post where I described in details exactly how this anti-social system enslaves us all:
If you realize what the purpose is of the anti-social system that we live in, you’ll do everything you can to stop participating in it. At the very least you’ll stop voting, because voting means giving your consent to this anti-social system being imposed on you and everyone else. It means giving your consent to injustice being committed on a grand scale, for example by legalized theft and extortion (known as “taxation”), legalized murder through warfare, and destructive interference in people’s lives. It means giving your consent to your own enslavement and that of everyone else. Even if you do agree with the system, voting means forcing this anti-social system on others who don’t want to take part in it. And that makes you part of a criminal enterprise whether you realize it or not.
So before you decide to vote for a new slavemaster, make sure you fully understand the philosophy of liberty.
Also make sure that you understand what this anti-social system that we now live in is all about. Read my post “Statism: A System for your Enslavement”, or head on over to my “Do Not Vote” website and check out the information provided there.
Is Earth the insane asylum of the universe? The answer to that question is explored in the first two parts of a new documentary by The Venus Project that’s been released two days ago, and can now be watched online for free. The documentary is titled “The Choice is Ours” and discusses the many problems with the social system that we currently live in (generally known as Statism). The first two parts can be watched on YouTube (and embedded below).
While the focus is more on the problems in the first two parts, the third part of this documentary — due to be released later this year — will focus on possible solutions.
I think the team at the Venus Project did a very nice job of cramming all the important issues into just one hour of viewing time. It’s very nicely and efficiently done. This won’t waste any of your precious time and quickly highlights the very roots of the problems we’re currently dealing with in society. This documentary is another very valuable tool that can be used to wake people up around the world. It’s already been translated into over 28 languages (just use the closed captioning feature on YouTube).
If you make a movie of the present day culture, in the future it’ll be a horror film.
What I also find very interesting is that the issues that are being discussed in the documentary are the very same issues I mention on my own “Do Not Vote” website that I launched about a month ago. I don’t think this is a coincidence; I’ve noticed that there’s a global coördinated (mostly behind the scenes) effort going on right now with the goal of pushing humankind into a new, much more positive direction. I’ve discussed this in the past, but it still amazes me every time when I see it happening in real-time. There are many people working independently around the world, often not knowing about each other, and yet still pushing things into the same direction with their efforts. If you’d suspect “divine” intervention, you wouldn’t be far from the truth.
So check out the documentary as soon as you possibly can, and please share it as much as possible with friends and family.
I’ve been following the latest camera gear releases by Canon and love where they are heading. Long time readers of my blog will know that there was a time when I had only criticism when it came to Canon, but things changed starting with the release of the 1DX and later the 5D Mark III.
I love how Canon have split the 5D line into the 5Ds for the high megapixel version and the existing 5D for the lower megapixel version. This is something many people had requested, including me in my 5D Mark III review:
Please keep the sensor resolution on the 35mm sensor in the 21-24MP range. We don’t need more resolution!! It’s great where it’s at now. For people who want more resolution, consider introducing a medium format system. Or alternatively, introduce a new camera line, say a 4D, with more megapixels and more noise and slower framerate for the amateurs (as Ken Rockwell calls them) who go crazy about megapixels. But for us professionals, keep the 5D at 22MP.
Personally I don’t think I’ll be getting a 5Ds anytime soon, because low light performance and speed are a lot more important to me than resolution. I’ll wait for the 5D Mark IV which will probably be announced later this year.
In addition I’m also curious about the performance of the sensor in the 5Ds with regard to the noise and banding issues, especially in the shadows and skies. This has been a consistent problem for Canon sensors for many years now. The problem was reduced in the 5D Mark III but it is still far from what the latest Sony sensors are capable of.
I’ve just launched another one of my personal Internet projects. This time it’s a small website dedicated to explaining to people how the current social system that we live in (Statism) is enslaving us all, and why they should seriously think about not voting anymore. There are better ways of living together, and it’s high time that we start to seriously look into this.
The previous post I published here on my blog titled “Statism: A System for your Enslavement” contained the content I used for this new website.
I invite you to check out the website and if you agree with the content, share it as much as possible. The more people know about what’s really going on, the faster we can move towards creating a better world to live in.
You were born into a system that enslaved you from the moment you entered this world. No footnote data (ID: 1) All your life you’ve known subconsciously, if not consciously, that there was something seriously wrong with the world you live in. Even though you were brainwashed from very early childhood to ignore it, you’ve felt deep inside you that your right to life was constantly being attacked by the very system that was supposedly put in place to serve your best interests.
You’ve been trained from very early childhood — while your mind was still innocent and defenseless — to remain ignorant and docile by the “education” system. You’ve been trained not to independently think for yourself, not to question what you’re taught, to be subservient and to blindly be obedient to authority and follow the commands that you’re given. Like the famous comedian George Carlin said, those who are responsible for this “don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. That’s against their interests.” What they want are “obedient workers — people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept” their enslavement.
I know for a fact that there is good in every human being on this planet. I’ve dedicated an entire post to human nature in the past, where I’ve argued that humans are intrinsically good. And it’s not just humans, but all organisms in the universe. And this is because the fundamental programming that drives all life in the universe (consciousness) is designed to be in support of life.
And yet we live in a world now where we see humans exhibiting extreme and antisocial behavior. To me the reasons for this aren’t a mystery anymore; I’ve shown in a previous post where this kind of behavior comes from, namely from the environment that we live in. Our societies are structured in such a way where the right to life of every individual is constantly being attacked in one way or another. Put any organism in such a hostile environment, and you will get extreme behavior.
I find that people can still be skeptical about this, especially when they hear this for the first time. And if I want to be honest, I can only admit that many years ago, perhaps even I might have been skeptical, though I would be open to the idea. One of the reasons why I know the above is true is because I also know it from experience; it’s not just theory for me. And I’ll share one of my experiences with you below. It was a long time ago so I’ll try to share it with you as best I can remember.
On the morning of June 23rd, 2013, I had a very strange experience. You could call it a dream, but I’m not sure it was a dream.
Right before I woke up at around 11am that Sunday morning, a blue screen presented itself before me. My whole field of vision was filled with a solid blue color, no matter where I looked. It was as if I was standing inside a blue sphere. There were no walls and no corners.
Then right in the middle, a small white window popped up with a progress bar with the text “LOADING…” above it, aligned to the left. It looked exactly like the image pictured above. I can guarantee that because as soon as I later woke up, the first thing I did was walk over to my computer and draw what I had seen in Photoshop after which I posted it to Facebook.
It took what seemed to be a minute for the progress bar to reach 100%. While it was slowly moving to the right, I remember thinking “Well, this is new…” and then later “It’s sure taking a long time…”
And when it finally reached 100% my bedroom crossfaded into view. It was a really smooth crossfade, too. I think I opened my eyes, but it almost seemed like my eyes were open all that time, and I could just see the “load screen” until it faded away into my bedroom.
After the “load screen” faded away, I found myself staring at the ceiling, thinking what the hell just happened. Was it a dream? If so, it’s the weirdest dream I ever had. And I would have dismissed it as just a weird dream if it weren’t for the fact that, as I lied there in bed, I had the best feeling I ever had.
It’s hard to describe how I felt; the best way I can describe it is feeling extremely well rested. I had never felt that way before, and so far, have never felt it again after that one experience. To me that was an indication of the fact that this had to be more than just a simple dream.
It was a very interesting experience, considering the fact that science is beginning to come to the realization that humans are very much like the robots we’re now beginning to build ourselves. Nikola Tesla used to refer to humans as “meat machines.” And that could be true; we could be meat machines being run by software we call our consciousness. Is it just coincidence that scientists have found that the human mind boots up just like a computer when we wake up in the morning?
“Just as a computer must boot up its operating system before running involved applications like spreadsheets, nitric oxide released as the brain wakes up may set the stage for more complex brain operations by enhancing information at the earliest processing steps,” said Godwin.
Like I mentioned in a recent post, the human body is really a biological supercomputer with many trillions of nodes (the individual cells). Every cell in the human body is a fully featured computer, and once hooked up to the communications infrastructure of the body (the body’s Internet), contributes all its resources to the body’s mind, specifically its processing and storage capacity (yes the mind is not in the brain; it’s distributed throughout the body in every cell).
It’s probably no coincidence either that Russian scientists have found that DNA is part of a biological Internet, basically what Rupert Sheldrake refers to as morphic resonance (what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious).
This could explain why I often just simply know things via “intuition.” Once I know something, I then go out to find supporting information in order to explain it to others in an acceptable way (i.e. so I can say something is true for other reasons than simply because I just know it).
The next 50 to 100 years are going to be very exciting when it comes to research into the nature of consciousness. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the recent past doing my own personal research on this. I often wish I could have been free from all the issues in life, and didn’t have to worry about earning a living, so I could dedicate myself completely to my personal research. It’s one of the few things I can still be passionate about in life.
One of the big mysteries of our time is the above symbol called the All Seeing Eye, sometimes also referred to as the Eye of Providence. It’s often associated with secret societies such as the Illuminati and the Freemasons, and is used to identify a supposedly sinister group that’s working behind the scenes against humanity. In my opinion such views are largely incorrect and I think that there’s a different and much more positive meaning behind the original symbol.
I’m not saying that groups who don’t mean us well didn’t use this symbol in the past, or aren’t using it now. What I’m going to show, among other things, is that they didn’t invent the original symbol. There’s lots of evidence pointing to the fact that various groups in the past have hijacked this symbol for their own organizations and purposes, that may or may not have anything to do with its original meaning. This would be similar to how Adolf Hitler used the swastika sign for his own purposes in Nazi Germany, and how the state of Israel is using the hexagram on their flag; they didn’t invent these much older symbols, but adopted them for their own purposes.
A few months ago I finally replaced my old BlackBerry Bold 9700 phone with the brand new Nokia Lumia 930. The previous phone, which served me well for over 4 years, was beginning to slowly die on me and the timing coincided perfectly with the release of the Nokia Lumia 930. I had to suffer 2 months with bad reception on the Bold 9700 before I could finally get my hands on the Lumia 930. I could have gotten another phone much earlier but I specifically wanted the Lumia 930. And after a few months of using it, I can say that it was well worth the wait.
The Lumia 930 is Microsoft Mobile’s flagship phone right now, and it’s a really awesome phone to use. One of the reasons why I got it was for the camera features; it currently has one of the best built-in cameras for mobile phones, not to mention the awesome Nokia Camera app. And with the Denim update, which is currently being rolled out around the world, things will only get a lot better (all new “Lumia Camera” app with new features).
When people mention to me that karma is a bitch, I always reply by telling them that karma isn’t a bitch; karma is just very misunderstood.
Saying that karma is a bitch is like saying that gravity is a bitch, because gravity can make us fall and hurt ourselves. But we know that gravity is just doing what gravity is supposed to do, and so we keep that in mind and try to be careful. If we trip and fall down and hurt ourselves, we don’t blame gravity; we simply get up again and try to be more careful. Similarly, karma also does what karma is supposed to do, and that is maintaining balance of energy in the universe.
A few years ago I wrote a post where I explained how what people refer to as karma probably works based on what we know about electromagnetism. What we refer to as karma is just the universe trying to maintain internal balance of energy. It doesn’t make any distinction between concepts such as right or wrong, good or bad and positive or negative — those are labels that we put on things depending on how we perceive them and depending on our understanding of our reality. All the universe cares about is balance.
So when you think that the universe is retaliating against someone’s bad behavior, or that the universe is rewarding them for good behavior, this is an incorrect view of how things work. What’s really happening is that balance is being restored. Nothing more, nothing less.