August 13, 2006

Dissenting Electorate - An Anthology on Non-Voting

Selected and Edited by Carl Watner with Wendy McElroy
Those Who Refuse to Vote and the Legitimacy of Their Opposition
Introduction, by Carl Watner

from the publisher:

It's the same message every election year: "Get out and vote - It's your civic duty." Those who audit the sound bites of the candidates, read headlines about the debates and finally pull the lever at their local precinct are touted as moral, upstanding citizens; those who find among the candidates no agreeable representative, no platform worthy of espousal, and who then refuse to turn out on election day, on the other hand, are labeled apathetic and the legitimacy of their opposition is denied.

This book is an anthology of articles and excerpts from a variety of sources that deal with the topic of nonvoting. In presenting the minority view that important moral and political reasons abound for not voting, the book unfolds four general arguments: voting is implicitly a coercive act because it lends support to a compulsory state; voting reinforces the legitimacy of the state; and existing nonpolitical, voluntarist alternatives better serve society. Many people do not agree with the concept of nonvoting--but the serious and well thought through underpinnings of such a belief are of crucial importance to an understanding of modern American politics.

Regardless of whether you agree with the voluntaryist strategy of non-participaton in electoral politics, their exploration of it is powerful, thought-provoking, and raises issues that every libertarian interested in achieving a free society must be familiar with.

And the authors are superb - there are articles by such renowned libertarian thinkers as (in addition to Watner) Lysander Spooner, Sy Leon, Robert LeFevre, Wendy McElroy, Benjamin Ginsberg, John Pugsley, Hans Sherrer, Robert Ringer, George H. Smith, Frank Chodorov, Herbert Spencer, and more.

This is 135 pages of thought-provoking, challenging, educational and inspiring writing. What a bargain!


Blogger Emerson Crossjostle said...

The rigged voting machines in this country make one not want to legitimize the farce by voting.

But, as Greg Palast maintains in his new book, "Armed Madhouse", we should vote,...and at least make the Republicans have to put in the effort to steal the elections.

That thought never occurred to me, and I actually might vote after all.

Love, love, love...and peace thru anarchy.

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