Archive for October, 2008

31
Oct
08

Non Voting Quote … err…something…

Most of us have heard the expression that goes something like: If you don’t vote, you have no right to be unhappy with the State, politics, or the political class. The logic is that if you don’t vote, you have already given up your right to complain about the effects.

The interesting point in this is that one, according to this logic, seems to earn a right to complain from the act of voting. Or, in other words, you earn a right to be dissatisfied with the people elected to rule you only if you have taken part in the electing! It is like saying you have to take the consequences of being in a game you never entered, but if you did enter the game, you have a right to complain about how the game is played – even though you knew the rules before entering.

Per Beylund

31
Oct
08

Don’t Vote Poster

This poster was produced in 1964 by the New York Committe, Anti-Vote Campaign. The Anti-Vote Campaign was an apolitical group made up of individuals, anarchists, radicals, and libertarians. The message is simple, but poignant: “direct action not politics!” Clearly, the intent of the declaration is to call on individuals to seek out “direct actionist” alternatives to voting in the 1964 elections. The anti-vote movement believed that the political rights and liberties which people enjoy today are the result of individuals’ strengths and actions — not of their governments, independent candidates, or party platforms.

29
Oct
08

(Non)Voting Quote VI

The “health, education, and welfare” section of government is another boondoggle. First we manufacture indigent and superfluous people by legal monopolies in land, money and idea patents, erecting tariff barriers to protect monopolies from foreign competition, and taxing laborers to subsidize rich farmers and privileged manufacturers. Then we create “social workers, ” etc., to care for them and thereby establish a self-aggravating and permanent institutionalized phenomenon …

Laurance Labadie, son of Joseph Labadie

28
Oct
08

(Non)Voting Quote V

The social revolution is seriously compromised if it comes through a political revolution.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

27
Oct
08

Recycling Stuff

Started surfing the local Free Cycle group for, well, stuff.  I’d like to get some fencing and materials to construct a green house before winter hits.

There is another local group, Twin Cities Free Market, that offers up pretty much the same type of services.

I’d like to build my greenhouse out of totally recycled materials, though I’m sure I’ll probably have to buy the clear 6 mil plastic for the exterior.  I’ve also put out the call for parts for my hydroponics system:  2 liter pop bottles and 1 gallon bleach bottles.  Like I said before, it may seem odd to be planning next years garden in October, but scrambling in May is not my idea of a good time.  I’m planning on connecting with others in the area so we can co-op some of the work and resources, but that will have to wait as I am way to busy right now.

27
Oct
08

Socialism or Capitalism

As I watch the news, study economics, and listen to what the politicians are saying, I can’t but help feeling that the United States is sliding into socialism. Quite honestly, as an anarchist, I fear socialism more than I fear capitalism and consumerism. If the country becomes socialist, the government will have it’s hands into every aspect of our lives. Health care will be regulated, and any thinking person can see how socialized medicine has failed in every place it’s practiced. Just ask the Canadians who come to the U.S. for health care because it just isn’t available to them there. Socialist think that they need to ‘redistribute’ the wealth, but in reality it’s just an excuse to pump more money into government coffers and enrich special interest groups while offering no real help for the common man. The capitalist want to find new ways of taking money right from your checks and putting into the hands of ‘big business’. Check McCain’s purposed health care benefit tax. And just listen to Obama. If your honest, you’ll see what I mean. Like I said before, one side wants to build more soup kitchens, while the other wants to give more money to the existing ones, but nobody offers any way of getting people out of soup kitchens.

If given a choice, I’ll pick a capitalist society over a socialist one to practice anarchy in. I don’t have to buy stuff. I don’t have to ride the consumerism train. I can make choices to not participate in the system. Socialism will take away those choices for most of us, including, what I believe is the most important choice, and that’s the choice to follow Jesus and bring Christ to our communities.

27
Oct
08

“Why Vote?” Discussion In Progress…

Why Vote?

Postby Dave C on Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:28 pm
Got your attention? Just to set things up a little: I used to be a die hard Republican, had a conservative blog, and at one time was in the running to have my own conservative talk radio show on one of the local stations (AM 1280). Over the last couple years, God has greatly challenged (and changed) me: What Kingdom do I belong to? Where do I place my hope? Where does change come from: Washington D.C, or through direct action in our communities? Even more recently, I’ve had an ‘epiphany’ of sorts: Government is a beast that gathers power and resources unto itself, and even the best intentioned politician will get sucked into becoming a pawn of a living, breathing system that’s only purpose is to grow and oppress.

Many Christians think of government as a tool to forward their social issues, both liberal and conservative. Often, the issue of abortion is brought up. Really though, if we raise our kids with a Godly value of life, they could have an abortion clinic on every corner and it wouldn’t mean anything. And if we where to impact or neighbors the way I believe God has called us to, they’d go out of business. Same with gay marriage: It could be legal everywhere, yet if…And if we took back the social programs from the government and were Christ to our neighbors instead of counting our taxes as tithes…

I have no faith in government to effect positive change in our society, and I think it a sin to place my hope there. That is why I have recently become a “Christian Anarchist”. Not an unbathed, window-breaking, violent protester, but a peaceful insurrectionist. I will effect positive change in my community, learn to love those who are different than me, not judge people by their economic status, reach out to those around me.

In light of what I have presented, for the first time since I was of voting age, I will not be voting in two weeks. I choose not to participate in the system.

So, leave it to Dave to present a controversial topic: Why Vote?

Dave C

Re: Why Vote?

Postby XXXX. on Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:22 am
Those are some really well thought out, and beautifully presented ideas, my friend. Thanks for sharing them.

Re: Why Vote?

Postby XXX on Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:48 pm
Dave,
Just wondering about something, after thinking about your well-thought out position. Do you think that maybe love requires us to vote? What I mean is this: we know, as you ably argue, that the kingdom of God is spiritual not material or political. We know that God alone is our King, provider and helper. We do not depend on this world or its ways for our lives. But…what about those who do not know God as King? Those who are utterly dependent upon this world and its political and social programs and resources because they have no God? If we are to love our neighbor as ourself, is part of that duty of love to work hard to elect good men and women who will see to social justice and work for righteous causes, and therefore work for programs which will help our neighbors? In this way is the political system actually a gift of God to humanity to minister (as Paul says in Romans 11) in His stead? What do you think?

Re: Why Vote?

Postby Dave C on Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:18 pm
I’ve thought about that, and I’ve come to believe that we are to affect people in our neighborhoods and work places. I honestly do not believe that anything good can come out the government. For every “hand up” they offer, there is another hand picking our pockets. They seldom increase freedom: Every law makes a new batch of criminals, every freedom they try to wrangle in or enforce ends up tying our hands. Someday soon, it will be illegal to preach against sin because somebody holds that sin as a value. While ‘protecting’ someones rights, they will criminalize people who really care.

As far as sending good people to serve in government, why would I want to do that to somebody? Government is an entity unto itself, bent on enslaving the people it ‘serves’. Good people are sucked in and corrupted, or spit out. I believe it’s a spiritual thing Just take a drive around any capital in the country: with in blocks you’ll find some of the high crime rates and poverty it the city. It sucks the life out of people, destroys them, alters their perspective.

So I place no hope in government’s ability to affect positive change in peoples lives. The way we need to work positive change and shine the light of Christ into the lives of unbelievers is face to face, not through government programs. Besides, we see where government programs have got us: A self-marginalized church that depends on a secular, anti-Christian system to care for people. It’s failed those it ‘serves’ in many ways, the same way the church has failed people by surrendering it’s mission to the government.

27
Oct
08

(Non)Voting Quote IV

Even were the workers able to have their own representatives, for which our good Socialist politicians are clamoring, what chances are there for their honesty and good faith?

Emma Goldman, “What is Anarchy?”

26
Oct
08

(Non)Voting Quote III

Is not the very beginning of privilege, monopoly and industrial slavery this erecting of the ballot-box above the individual?

Benjamin R. Tucker, “The Ballot-Box Craze”, 1882

25
Oct
08

(Non)Voting Quote II

I plan on publishing a (Non)Voting  quote every day up until the election.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Voting is “merely a labor-saving device for ascertaining on which side force lies and bowing to the inevitable… It is neither more nor less than a paper representative of the bayonet, the bully, and the bullet.”
Benjamin R. Tucker, 1889




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