Reposted from Zero Hedge. [edited]
Democracy has become a religion and anyone who criticises it is labelled a heretic.
How many times have you heard the mantra ‘if you don’t vote, you can’t complain’? Whereas, actually, the opposite is true, ‘if you do vote, you can’t complain.’ It is no coincidence that the emergence of the philosophical concept of the ‘Social Contract’ runs parallel to democratic development in the modern era.
In political philosophy the social contract or political contract is a theory that addresses the questions of the origin of society and the legitimacy of the authority of the state over the individual.
Social contract arguments typically posit that individuals have consented, either explicitly or tacitly, to submit to the authority of the ruler or magistrate (or to the decision of a majority), in exchange for protection of their remaining rights. The question of the relation between natural and legal rights, therefore, is often an aspect of social contract theory. Source
Democracy legitimises authority. Every time you vote you sign the Social Contract.
If you vote and your ‘favoured’ candidate does not win, you have absolutely no right to complain because by voting you have accepted the process and are bound by it’s result.
The policy differences between different candidates are exagerated. This encourages you to sign the Social Contract by making you believe that you have a real choice. But the choice is an illusion because the true policy differences are slight and 99% of leadership is management, keeping the bureaucratic apparatus of state moving and reacting to events. For the overwhelming majority it makes little difference which candidate wins any election.
Only the wealthy and powerful who can expect some kind of reward (in the form of patronage, largesse, contracts etc, for their financial, political, and media support) have a dog in the fight.
Your role, by voting, is to legitimise this corruption.
Democracy encourages our leaders to pander to a selfish and fickle electorate who only want jam today and who will punish any politician at the polls who does not give it to them.
As a consequence the farsighted, fairminded and responsible leadership that the world needs in the 21st century, is completely absent, made obselete by an evolutionary process which rewards the shortsighted, corrupt, ambitious, greedy, and vain.
In 1974 in the UK there were two general election. The first in February was inconclusive and it led to another in October. In the run up to this second election the leaders of all the main political parties made the most extraordinary undeliverable promises to buy the votes of the British electorate. The electorate will always vote for what they want, rather than what they need. The electorate are no better than a cohort of infant school children. Aristotle thought that democracy was a perverted form of Government which served the indignant (or capricious) mob at the expense of the broader interests of the state and it’s citizens.
You can not vote for your freedom because the ballot is a signed contract which binds you to a democratic system specifically designed to defraud you of any choice.
Only by not voting can you opt out.
This does not mean that you will not be subject to the tyranny of the majority – but you will be free.