A Compelling Argument Not to Vote

Makes sense to me!   It’s pretty clear that our current two-party system is designed to protect a “ruling class” quite content to feather their corrupt nests by encouraging the voting sheep to think that they are truly engaged in a democratic process. Russell Brand makes a good case – actually quite brilliant – why we should all just have a good laugh and save our energy by not voting.

Mind you, I am a little sensitive when people use the term “revolution” since I visualize Bolsheviks running around throwing Molotov cocktails, but I suppose Russell Brand has something else in mind.  In any event, the days of college students sitting around in dimly lit bars discussing love and plotting the overthrow of corrupt regimes (visualize Les Misérables) seems like a distant anachronism as today’s “revolutionaries” sip their Starbuck’s double lattes and update their Facebook Page.

Please don’t expect it to get any better. For those inclined vote, I can only echo Mr. Brand’s wry observation which I paraphrase: “By exercising your Constitutional ‘right’ to vote, you are simply adding fuel to a thoroughly corrupt party-system that will use that leverage to prey on your gullibility.”

For those that wish to draw parallels with the past, my good friend Rudi recommends Gibbons and “Inflation and the Fall of the Roman Empire.” This delightful analysis by economist Joseph Peden, pretty much sums up why nothing much has changed among the ruling class – whether despots or democratically “elected” into office through rigged political systems.    Mr. Peden opens his 50 minute lecture with the following observation:

“Monetary policy therefore always serves, even if it serves badly, the perceived needs of the rulers of the state. If it also happens to enhance the prosperity and progress of the masses of the people, that is a secondary benefit; but its first aim is to serve the needs of the rulers, not the ruled. This point is central, I believe, to an understanding of the course of monetary policy in the late Roman Empire.”

Is it any different today?   I think not.


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