The AQUA satellite updated this week. The latest global atmospheric temperature data as always will be ignored by almost everyone. Of little interest to politicians and voters is the current decadal trend. In the last 10 years, man has emitted more CO2 than any other decade in history but the global temperature trend is falling.
And yet, two of the three major political parties in Canada promise to make energy (and therefore everything) more expensive to encourage people to use less energy so we can save the planet from a theory that is clearly demonstrated to be false at worst or irrelevant at best.
I hear it casually said this time of year that “if you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.” This really encapsulates the chasm between liberty and democracy. Surely the right to dissent is something that is inalienable to all people regardless of who they vote or don’t vote for. The aphorism reveals much about the lengths people go to pretend that democracy is somehow morally different from tyranny.
The act of voting is just pretending that you consent to whatever happens next. If I vote for a party that loses, I still am stuck with policy I disagree with but the perception is “at least I’m entitled to complain.” Not voting on the other hand means that you are not giving your consent to anyone with the same result. But do you see the subtle difference? Voting is an act of consent that absolves every moral issue involved with taking people’s property and everything else the state does that would be immoral for an individual to do. In other words, acts of the state that violate my liberty or property would be seen as tyranny if it were not for the voting pretense. Therefore those who do not vote are in fact a threat to the moral legitimacy of the state. It is no surprise then that our collective unconscious is chock full of pithy memes that act as foot soldiers for maintaining the status quo. They reinforce they way we think about the moral legitimacy of those who rule over us.
In the present instance I put those who aspire to rule over me on notice. I think your intended policies are either dishonest or incompetent. I will not vote for you.
Neither do I exchange my consent for the right to complain. Both remain mine to apply how I see fit. And if a new government steals more of our wealth on a false theory, I will complain loudest of all.