Most people who voted for the Republicans in fact probably voted against the Democrats “as a middle finger to the progressives who dominate the media, academia, and culture,” says Tom Woods:

“Republicans, so often craven and unprincipled, are unworthy recipients of these people’s votes, but recipients they surely are.”

We don’t need either more “civility” or more “combativeness” in public life.

We need more people with well-developed coherent and comprehensive ideologies, so that we could talk about something substantive, whether indeed civilly or less so.

It may be asked in connection with my argument against voting in the upcoming federal elections, “What if everyone thought like this? Wouldn’t our democracy be ruined?”

First, this “Kantian” argument would seem to demonstrate that there is a moral or at least civic duty to vote. I deny, however, on other grounds that there is such a duty. I am not bound by any “universal law” to participate in the democratic farce.

Second, suppose that our “democracy” is ruined indeed. So what? As I have suggested, “there is no viable method of governing large states.” Even if we end up with monarchy or aristocracy instead, very little will be lost.

Third, a clear and in my view, attractive regime on the federal level is none of these 3 traditional systems of government but simply anarchy. By not voting, I express my support for abolishing the federal government altogether. If then it is a good thing for democracy to be ruined, then the argument fails.

Finally, the essence of democratic elections is that “the people rule.” But who do they rule? They collectively rule individuals. But maybe they shouldn’t rule anyone. I certainly would not presume to do so.

Maybe individuals should be able to live free, under laissez-faire. I have no interest in political power, even as illusory as the voting franchise. If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve; and to add to these, if granted a power to coerce others with my vote, I will throw it away.

Note that voting against various local evils like tax levies is a bit more rational.

If God the Son had not agreed to become man, or if it had been foreseen that He would fail to love the world despite being murdered by it, then humans would never have been created in the first place.

Given that the Incarnation of the Son was part of the entire human project as a remedy for our metaphysical evil, i.e., for the inevitably corrupt human nature, the Catholic mass is in part a celebration of the fact that we humans exist.

If the Democrats win the House and Senate, my guess is they will be especially keen on destroying or at least corrupting, through gov’t interference with business, the America’s still reasonably free IT industry.

It is an obvious fact that a single vote among millions cast either for or against a candidate or issue can never determine the outcome of the election. Voting then is not a human action in a narrow sense. It is entirely submarginal; it fails to achieve the purpose of swinging the election; it is a complete waste of your time.

It is vain to hope that by this absurd gesture one can actually effect the ascendance of the lesser of the two evils.

The only reason to vote in a wider sense is rather to express your ideology. To whom it may concern, you say: fellow citizens: this is the sort of society I want to live in; this is my vision of the best political and legal system for this country and for the world, if we take into account foreign policy.

But for a libertarian like me, the second reason is nugatory, as well. For I despise both the Democrats and the Republicans. Yet these are the only choices. If I slightly prefer the Republicans, think about the message my voting for them will send to the foregoing fellow citizens.

I may privately be voting against the slightly more evil Democrats, but that’s not the signal the world at large will be receiving. The world at large will not think that I voted against the Democrats. It will think I voted for the Republicans. Worse, the Republicans will think I voted for them. They will falsely believe that they have my approval.

And I just don’t want to lie to the people on the election day.