My Criticism of Voting

During the election, I was very vocal about how and why I wasn't voting. This was largely a reaction to the cliches you hear every voting season about how important it is to vote.

I would never argue that it's not important, nor would I ever tell someone they shouldn't. On the other hand, I get impatient when people tell me I should. The point of believing in a voluntary society is that I not force my way of life on someone and I will not let them force theirs on me. Sure, I've said what I think of voting. Maybe I'll vote someday, but it seems unlikely. I would only do it with the awareness that it was all a game. Or, I would do it in a very small context in which lives and cultures were not at stake, or if I could go to the losing minority afterward and help them with their needs (I've argued before that democracy is, by definition, harmful to minorities). Or, if I was the minority, I would find a way to get what I need anyway. It's what people do.

An even bigger choice than voting is choosing voting as a method of action. People should be able to agree to vote before they vote--the kind of meta democracy that takes place in friend groups on a Saturday night or at the workplace.

Freedom is bigger than agreeing. People can agree to disagree and go their separate ways. Don't let anyone blame you because they didn't get what they want. It's on them, not you.