In Intro to Libertarianism on January 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Voting is the first step toward legitimizing the illegitimate. “We can send men with guns to coerce you to do (or not do) some act because the majority voted for it.” How is that morally different from ‘gangstas’ voting to roll a pedestrian, take his money, and buy a shared bottle of MD 20/20 with the proceeds? It isn’t. Not one bit.

It only encourages the bastards.— jtl, 419

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo via

Recently by Thomas DiLorenzo: Be Patriotic: Become a Secessionist

In the sub-discipline of economics known as public choice, an important concept is the theory of “rational ignorance.” First articulated by political scientist Anthony Downs in the 1950s, and expanded upon by economist Gordon Tullock and others, the theory of rational ignorance holds that it is perfectly rational for individuals to largely ignore politics, or even not to vote. There are only twenty-four hours in a day, and we all spend most of our time doing our jobs, pursuing an education, raising families, paying bills, and planning our private lives. We rationally spend very little time becoming informed about politics and government policy.

From an economic perspective, it is irrational for most people to vote in presidential elections since, in a country as big as the United…

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