Settling in and calming down.

Tue, 02/07/2012 - 18:44 -- rhelwig

Good Morning!

So far life in Seabrook seems to be the slower pace and lowered level of interruptions that I've been needing. Yesterday I was able to concentrate for several hours on getting that website transitioned to a live state - even with a bunch of things that went wrong. I was able to get them straightened out and the client is pleased.

This morning I got to try out the new pair of $15 shoes I got yesterday at Walmart. I think I jogged about a mile and a half or so, which felt good. The tendinitis in my left arm also appears to be gone so I don't have to wear that brace anymore.

Tonight I'll be attending the Seabrook deliberative session. Its been a while since I've done that - I missed the one in Grafton, and Manchester doesn't have one. I got registered here in Seabrook yesterday, which was painless and quick.

Of course, as someone who calls himself a voluntaryist and agorist, I do vote pretty much as a defense mechanism. I just can't stop using that tool, and here's why.

Not voting as a failed strategy

Around 2000 or so, when I was living in Shakopee MN, the tax-and-spenders in the town wanted to raise some money to expand the recreation center. The existing recreation center was losing money, and they thought it was because it just wasn't big enough and didn't have enough "stuff", so in their minds the obvious thing to do was make it bigger. And of course the only way to do that was to raise taxes.

So the town put it to a vote, and it was shot down. But that didn't satisfy the proponents. They came up with one that was just different enough that they could get it on the ballot without violating the voting version of double jeopardy, and they also made the vote a special election in February. Why February? I believe its because they knew that the elderly, many of them on fixed incomes and not in favor of raising taxes, would be less likely to take the risk of going out to vote in the worst winter weather.

The result is easily predicted: the turnout was very low, around 14% of eligible voters bothered to vote and yet the measure just barely passed. Only about 7% of eligible voters cast a ballot in favor of the thing, but that was enough to make it "legitimate".

The lesson I take from this is that no matter how many people we can get to stop voting, as long as there's a small cadre of statists that do vote the masses will accept the results. This is why I find it necessary to continue to vote, even if only defensively.

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