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Wednesday, August 5 - 2:37pmSanction this postReply
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If you don't vote for freedom, you're a moral monster who is also committing a Natural Law crime. If you don't publicly support, and privately vote, for political freedom, then freedom will never win. I notice that about 95% of all Objectivists and libertarians publicly support and vote for slavery. They support welfare statism and tyranny based on the pitiful "lesser evil" and "it's an emergency" excuses. What amorality and irresponsibility. When it comes to political science, 95% of all Objectivists and libertarians -- including Ayn Rand -- are intellectual incompetents, moral lowlifes, and practical failures. They never publicly support or vote for freedom. Then they plaintively ask why political freedom never advances or wins. Gee, I wonder.



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Friday, August 7 - 11:50amSanction this postReply
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I think one way to look at it is that although this year the D might be better than the R, or another year, the R might be better than the D, the party out of power gets upset and more mobilized and is highly likely to win the next time.  So you are essentially voting for D this time and R next time, or R this time and D next time, either of which will grow government and erode freedoms in different ways, or you can at least vote for the Libertarian and try to help them build up their vote percent to get more visibility.



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Sunday, August 9 - 3:49amSanction this postReply
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First of all, I pay attention to the candidates in local elections. I vote for the person, not the party. As I said to Mark Hunter, the larger the electorate, the less your vote counts. At the national level, you are just making yourself feel good, whatever your decision. As important as voting is, donating money to campaigns is the real test of personal commitment. Again, I donate at the local level. As with any other interpersonal involvement--or reality in general, if you stop to think about it--you accept trade-offs. You can manage much of your own life. You have less control over others. So, you necessarily accept that whoever the candidate or whichever the party, you will not approve of 100% of their policies. And you do not need to. 



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Thursday, August 20 - 7:44amSanction this postReply
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It is premature to expect much from the electoral process.  First, we must teach enough people the basic principles involved.  Then we can hope to achieve something significant from the electoral process.



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