August 26th, 2004

Montecristo Captain Quixote

Letter to my friend Herb, on the lesser of two evils.

Empire is bigger than either of the major parties. It is bigger than both of them combined. Picking a president in November (stipulating only for the purposes of interesting discussion that your individual voice counts for much of anything at all) is merely a case of rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. The problem is bigger than the democracy you think has a chance of fixing it. Unfortunately for us all, it is not bigger "democracy" (government) that can fix the problem, because over-large, over-centralized, IS the problem. Our best chance for survival is to stop drinking the seawater. Unfortunately, everyone is too thirst-maddened to consider that a "sane" option. The answer is for people to take back their liberty -- and you can't do that by voting, which is, by definition, delegating more of it away.

As we have argued before, the "Lesser of Two Evils" argument is no argument at all for voting, as the lesser of two evils is still evil. It is no compromise to be heading in the wrong direction half as fast. The Sydney Morning Herald article "Alliances and the American Election" though, raises an even more interesting hypothesis. The "Anything But Bush" Democrats have been running around cynically trying to sell their guy to the voters as "The Lesser Evil," but what if he's not? What if Boy George is "the more harmless candidate" simply by reason of what his incompetence and lack of trustworthiness is likely to effect in the long run? I am not one to choose "lesser evils," but when the real lesser of two evils cannot even be identified, you must concede that the strategy is a fool's errand.

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."
~ Judge Learned Hand