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Liberty, Freedom, and Sovereignty Aren’t On Today’s Ballot | The Libertarian Institute

Posted by M. C. on November 9, 2022

  • I cannot use my property as I see appropriate and in a way that maximizes my utility function without their consent.
  • I cannot start a business without their permission.
  • I cannot hire who I want to hire.
  • I cannot fire who I want to fire.
  • I cannot set wages I deem appropriate in my business even if set by mutual consent.
  • I am compelled to work half of my life to benefit them and others who engage in coercion to confiscate my property for someone else’s use. (In fact, it’d be criminal of me to claim my property as mine, instead of only keeping the percentage I have permission to have.)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/liberty-freedom-and-sovereignty-arent-on-todays-ballot/

by Jeffrey Wernick | Nov 8, 2022

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Today, once again, we have the most important, crucial election in the history of mankind. The fate of the planet, solar system, galaxy, and universe depends upon it. Even God is worried, praying. Maybe it will provoke an extinction level event.

I, personally, will not vote. I will not vote because what I value most is not represented on the ballot; my liberty, my freedom, my personal sovereignty. I do not question the legality of the process. I question its legitimacy. Since I deem it illegitimate and I believe in the non-aggression principle, I choose not to participate in any process I deem illegitimate. I do not question that I will be legally bound, against my will, to whatever the outcome is.

I find it so ironic that we masquerade by voting as if those in power truly care about our consent. They designed a world where we have only privileges to be granted at their discretion. They require that we ask their permission to do just about anything and everything. I thought our Founders signed a Declaration of Independence, not a Declaration of Dependence. I thought the Bill of Rights placed constraints and limitations on government, not a Bill of Privileges granted at their discretion and enforced with violence. I understood government required our consent, not that the governed required the consent from those who govern. Wow, have I gotten things so wrong!

Every major candidate on the ballot today agree on most issues. They all campaign on the fact that;

  • Our children and grandchildren will be burdened by an odious debt accumulated without their consent.
  • I cannot buy what I want to buy if they do not like where it is made.
  • I cannot sell my property (my property!) if they do not like who I am selling it to.
  • I cannot use my property as I see appropriate and in a way that maximizes my utility function without their consent.
  • I cannot start a business without their permission.
  • I cannot hire who I want to hire.
  • I cannot fire who I want to fire.
  • I cannot set wages I deem appropriate in my business even if set by mutual consent.
  • I am compelled to work half of my life to benefit them and others who engage in coercion to confiscate my property for someone else’s use. (In fact, it’d be criminal of me to claim my property as mine, instead of only keeping the percentage I have permission to have.)
  • I cannot move without telling the government my new residence.
  • I cannot perform certain jobs without obtaining an occupational license.
  • I cannot buy and sell with the money I choose because of legal tender laws.
  • I cannot go anywhere without being monitored through warrantless surveillance.
  • The president can invade any country at this discretion because of an unconditional grant of authority called an Authorization for Use of Military Force. (By the way, who consented to pay for these endless wars? I guess the generation not yet born granted their consent through proxy to the president…)

By now, hopefully you understand why I choose not to vote. It is a masquerade.

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