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I agree with most of what you said but disagree with that last point about voting being okay.

From a utilitarian perspective I get how voting for the lesser evil can be beneficial, if not in reversing course, then at least in slowing down the decline of civilization. The problem is a moral one.

When I vote for someone, I am conferring permission to the politician I voted for to act on my behalf in some capacity or another. For instance, if I vote for Mr. Smith because he promises to build a hospital using taxpayer funds, I'm saying "I support Mr. Smith to build that hospital." Even if I don't agree with all of the stuff he's promising to do, I'm at the very least supporting some of it, and therein lies the moral problem.

I can't morally confer to Mr. Smith the ability to tax someone else to build a hospital, because I don't have the moral ability to levy a tax. In the mythos of democracy, this creates a kind of moral "transmutation" in which rights I don't have somehow get transferred to a politician through the magic of the ballot box. (I made a picture of this a decade ago - https://www.libertarianprepper.com/p/moral-transmutations )

Since all politicians are immoral (you can't run a coercive government in a moral way) I can't support any politician via voting.

If there were a politician who ran on a platform of abolition of the government and accepted no salary, then I suppose that would be morally permissible, but I'm not seeing such options.

Luckily, politics is not the answer to the problems caused by politics, freedom is. I like this quote: "There's a thousand people cutting at the branches of evil to one cutting at the roots. And there's a thousand people cutting at the roots to one planting a new tree."

We need more people planting new trees, that make the existing system simply irrelevant, and then as it collapses under the weight of its own irrationality, and financial and moral bankruptcy, the alternative systems should already be setup (as much as possible) so civilization doesn't collapse with it and so that people have a way to organize and solve problems that isn't just another government.

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Feb 6Liked by Christopher Cook

How do we fight an unjust city hall that tramples on your rights and the rights of those in your city especially if a blue city when there's not a lawyer in the county it seems that will stand up for everyone or anyone whose rights were demolished and destroyed?

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Good cooking, Chris, but perhaps not enough to make the ideas morally digestible for Voluntaryists.

I see you inching towards a full Voluntaryist understanding and practice with your to and fros on voting.

Here is perhaps my favorite passage on exiting the lesser/greater evil of governments of any kind:

“When the world becomes free it will not be by the creation of new laws, or the removal of old, or new political leaders, or any election result. It will not be because of a change in government, but because of a change in attitude toward government. Genuine change will come when the state is ignored, not reformed. It will not come when politicians are better, but when they are irrelevant. When state-made law is no longer deemed necessary or important it will not be respected. When it is not respected it will not be enforced because it will not be enforceable. The world can become free of the barbarous relic called the state. The state is a dangerous fiction whose power rests entirely on people’s belief in its necessity, or inevitability. It is not a given that a state must or will always exist. The state, like so many other superstitions now thought to be outrageous, inhumane, and inefficient, can be left in the ash heap of history.” Isaac Morehouse

Enter our "Tumbler of Ideas" tomorrow, U.S. Saturday early PM, for our New Zealand Sunday 9am, Sept 17, Session 46: How Civil Disobedience Safeguards Freedom and Prevents Tyranny

https://responsiblyfree.substack.com/p/the-philosophy-of-responsible-freedom-b0b

Get free, stay safe.

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Thank you for the cross, and for the kind words. Rock on!

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