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Should Libertarians Vote?

Midterm elections take place tomorrow and it’s around this time of the political cycle where we witness a bevy of propaganda aimed at various political goals. Some of this propaganda is aimed towards the support of specific candidates or ballot initiatives, while others simply push a generic “Get out the Vote!” message, without any specific reasons for doing so given. Those who travel in libertarian circles (i.e. social media newsfeeds), are also likely to be met with propaganda of a different message, that being “DON’T VOTE!!!!”  There are various reasons given for this blanket proclamation, among them: “Voting is a tool of the State, and to participate validates the system.” “Voting is aggression.” “If voting were effective, they’d make it illegal.” “Voting is irrational because a vote is mathematically insignificant.” “The system is rigged.” It should first be recognized that there exist elements of truth in these statements. It is true that many politicians will use the cover of “the will of the people” in order to justify the… Keep Reading

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