Re: ignorance is strength

Hagbard Celine (
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 17:50:17 -0400

I William Wiser wrote:
> Michael Lorrey wrote:
> >You vote for your elected representatives, so its your fault what they do to
> >you.
> I'm not trying to shirk responsibility here; if I don't take charge
> of my own world, how will I get what I want? However, your statement
> seems to suggest that I have a lot more control over who gets elected
> than I think I do.

You vote only for a platform and a person. Once elected, that person is
free to implement their platform any way they like. Indeed, they can do
the opposite of what they say they would. You have little power over who
gets elected. You have no power over how they actually govern. To say
your vote counts would be a gross overstatement.

> Keeping in mind that there are many important things
> to deal with in the scientific and social realms, do you have any insights
> about how I might increase my influence over who is elected to a meaningful
> level?

The most meaningful thing you can do with your vote is not to use it.
You are making a statement, "I refuse to even consider the options you
have given me. They are all equally worthless."

Never vote, it only encourages them.

-- R.A.W.

Hagbard Celine

Not a clerk of the nostalgia of the declining ruling class.