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Published : August 24th, 2020
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Signs are emerging around the country directing people into churches and schools where they can cast votes for others who will represent them in the state apparatus.Only a few people actually do this.


The State in its various forms (local, state, and federal) is our proclaimed government, and voting in the State’s elections is our way of controlling the machinery that rules us, as I understand it. 


If this is true, then voters are responsible for a lot of mayhem — a LOT of mayhem.  Only the State can inflict such catastrophes as taxation, war, inflation, and economic crises . . . and the crippling response to a virus.  Apple, Google, or Whole Foods can’t, though they are often eager to cooperate with state mandates so they can market their patriotism.  Just about every headline we read has the State driving the narrative.  Even if a voter didn’t vote for the current incumbents, the responsibility still falls on all voters for endorsing a system in which a small minority makes decisions affecting the lives of everyone else.  (Politicians’ decisions often exclude themselves, such as when the State decides to go to war but sends others to do the actual fighting.)


Voters routinely condemn nonvoters for not participating in the State apparatus.  But why would a rational adult surrender his autonomy to anyone?  Most of us were born with a brain.  It can do such things as choose among potential rulers or reject the whole idea. Is life-living now the domain of experts other than oneself?


Is rejecting the State a form of social suicide?  Given current trends, with a major war on the horizon, massive unemployment likely to get worse, business shutdowns, and unprecedented social restrictions, all of which have State roots, the answer is quite the opposite: The existence of the State is the poison that’s killing us.


Is there another form of government that doesn’t involve the State?  The answer is profoundly yes, and we deal with it every day.  “Voting” happens constantly, not at State-designated intervals.  You likely know the answer but if you’d like to see my presentation, read the book or watch the free ten-minute movie.


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George F. Smith is the author of The Flight of the Barbarous Relic, a novel about a renegade Fed chairman and the editor of Barbarous Relic.com.
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