[extropy-chat] electing ideas [was Re:Fahrenheit 911 - objectivereview?]

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 15 04:37:15 UTC 2004

--- Brent Neal <brentn at freeshell.org> wrote:

>  (8/15/04 13:29) Brett Paatsch <bpaatsch at bigpond.net.au> wrote:
> >Brent Neal:
> >
> >> I personally intend to cast votes based on pure spite in several
> >> elections just for this reason.
> >
> >Sounds like game theory tit for tat. 
> >
> Hadn't thought of it that way, but I think that you may be right. 

Which still doesn't demonstrate any evidence of voting rationally. Tit
for tat is decidedly an irrational, instinctual, strategy.
> I call it voting on the principle of least incompetence. I made the
> mistake in 2000 of voting for Harry Browne, the Libertarian
> candidate, because the thought of voting for an abject moron like
> Bush was morally repugnant (and because anyone that dumb must have
> smart handlers that'd be running the show, and I figured correctly
> that those handlers would be the same people that were in power
> during his father's presidency.) and voting Democrat was something I
> wasn't prepared to do. 
> So this time around, I'm voting "against someone" instead of "for a
> set of principles."  And honestly, I don't see any other way at this
> point to prevent the US from turning into a complete hell-hole. Kerry
> may be just as spineless as any other career politician, but there is
> a possibility that he may be 'educatable.'  So sayeth John Perry
> Barlow, at least. (c.f.
> <http://www.reason.com/0408/fe.bd.john.shtml>)  Actually, I think
> that interview pretty much sums up why libertarians of any stripe
> should not be voting for BushCo.  ("I don’t see anything
> particularly free about a plutocracy.")

The anti-any-war attitude of many US Libertarians is not shared around
the world. The French Libertarian movement, Liberte J'ecrit Ton Nom, is
decidedly pro-Bush, pro-Iraqwar, which, along with the US LP stance,
only seems to indicate that too many libertarians of any stripe are
generally contrarian in nature, not that their foreign policy is based
on a rational principle, despite what many might like to claim.

Mike Lorrey
Chairman, Free Town Land Development
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                         -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
Blog: http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=Sadomikeyism

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