If you’ll pardon me for conflating Samuel Johnson and Bruce Charlton, the first Whig was the devil and universal suffrage is his instrument.
Where there is a vote, there the decision-making process has become a matter of psychological manipulation; displacing virtue and truth, trampling beauty. . . .
Once people have become used to relying on a procedure as utterly indefensible as voting to make their most important decisions, once they have been induced to regard voting as if it was not just ethically acceptable but in fact the pinnacle of goodness, the one-and-only ethical behaviour; then these people are embarked on a path of apostasy, inversion of values, and self-destruction.
People who have given their allegiance to voting as the most valid, authoritative and moral decision-making procedure have been manipulated into a self-reinforcing psychosis in which a system of zero validity, zero authority and zero morality is treated with quasi-divine reverence.
Tomorrow is the holy day of democracy in the US. You should not celebrate this holy day. In other words, don’t vote.
Instead, you should watch this documentary about a modern democratic ideal, Marion Barry. It’s available to stream on Netflix. Behold, the decision making process of democracy! Progress!
There are three main reasons you shouldn’t vote.
1) If you’ve found your way to this dark and irrelevant corner of the internet, you likely know (whether you accepted all the logical conclusions or not) that everyone is not created equal.
Voting used to be confined to a ruling class that had vested interests in the long-term stability of society. It’s now the ultimate expression of equalitarianism, an orgy of non-judgmentalism, a carnival of wishful thinking.
No decision of any kind should be made by asking everyone what their opinion is and weighting their responses equally. The quality of our governance has declined as our system has come closer and closer to this (ultimately religious) ideal.
2) Let’s face it, you have no business governing others. If you vote for an idiot (which is a certainty unless you write somebody in) your are not held responsible for your failure. The notion that all can govern all is another religious belief that’s just plain wrong.
3) The major issues are not up for a vote anyway. The leftward march of our politics continue regardless of who is elected. Any sense you have that you have some control over this is an illusion. By giving in to this illusion, you make it worse.