The Only Choice on November 4th

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critical problem we face today is the same one all mankind has faced:
the State, those monopolists who claim the right to break the laws
that they make and enforce. How to restrain them is the critical
problem of all sound political thinking. Making matters worse, this
gang now has a monopoly on the money and the ability to print it,
and they are abusing that power at our expense.

How does voting
change the situation? Neither of the candidates for president wants
to do anything about the problem. On the contrary, they want to
make it worse. This is for a reason. The State owns the “democratic
process” as surely as it owns the Departments of Labor and
Defense and uses it in ways that benefit the State and no one else.

On the other
hand, we do have the freedom not to vote. No one has yet drafted
us into the voting booth. I suggest that we exercise this right
not to participate. It is one of the few rights we have left. Nonparticipation
sends a message that we no longer believe in the racket they have
cooked up for us, and we want no part of it.

You might say
that this is ineffective. But what effect does voting have? It gives
them what they need most: a mandate. Nonparticipation helps deny
that to them. It makes them, just on the margin, a bit more fearful
that they are ruling us without our consent. This is all to the
good. The government should fear the people. Not voting is a good
beginning toward instilling that fear.

This year especially
there is no lesser of two evils. There is socialism or fascism.
The true American spirit should guide every voter to have no part
of either.

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. [send him mail] is founder and president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, editor of, and author of Speaking of Liberty.

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