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Is Voting an Act of Violence?

I found this meme on the internet, and I find it to be quite ridiculous. Ironically, so would Murray Rothbard.

Voting Meme
“Let’s put it this way: Suppose we were slaves in the Old South, and that for some reason, each plantation had a system where the slaves were allowed to choose every four years between two alternative masters. Would it be evil, and sanctioning slavery, to participate in such a choice? Suppose one master was a monster who systematically tortured all the slaves, while the other one was kindly, enforced almost no work rules, freed one slave a year, or whatever. It would seem to me not only not aggression to vote for the kinder master but idiotic if we failed to do so. Of course, there might well be circumstances—say when both masters are similar—where the slaves would be better off not voting in order to make a visible protest—but this is a tactical not a moral consideration. Voting would not be evil but, in such a case, less effective than the protest.

But if it is morally licit and nonaggressive for slaves to vote for a choice of masters, in the same way it is licit for us to vote for what we believe the lesser of two or more evils, and still more beneficial to vote for an avowedly libertarian candidates.” – Murray Rothbard.


It’s odd to me that ancaps will denounce so many people they disagree with on very minor details, but they will not denounce Murray Rothbard for being in favor of voting, or even endorsing the first Bush.

 

– JW

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