My preference is for a private property society where there would be no voting, do what you want on your property that is all.
That said, in the world of realpolitik, we are far from such a society.
There are real evil bastards all around us who want to control us on our properties. They have instituted voting to allow minor differences at the margins and thus keep the masses subdued by thinking they have a real say.
The real battle is always at the high intellectual level. Mises, Hayek, Rothbard, Rand and even Keynes understood this.
That said, occasionally a marginal point or individual on the ballot can make a difference. Consider Proposition 10 in California which would free up the ability of local governments to impose more aggressive rent controls. It needs to be shot down. It is a horror and I have written about it: The Proposition That is on the Ballot in November That Could Destroy California.
But my one tiny little vote is not going to change that or anything else and I hate waiting in lines and hate the voting concept. I will not be voting. It's mostly like a scammy flu shot.
But on another level, I love the intellectual game and I will be putting out the message, to those who believe that voting is a "civic duty," to vote at the margins in favor of liberty in the small cases where that is possible. It's a low level intellectual skirmish but still a part of the battle.
We need to eventually get the #PPS point across to the masses, but as long as they are still voting--baby steps to freedom need to be introduced to them.
I won't be voting but I will, now and forever, work the crowd, the masses, a tiny sliver of them, who do vote, and explain to them why they should vote for freedom. I can think of a few voters I have influenced. I won't miss voting when it is gone, but in the meantime, I am going to love the battle without ever walking into a voting booth.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of