My comment, at Radley’s place, a few days ago:
?A vote is nothing more and always an attempt to push someone else around by electing a proxy to do the pushing.?
Yup. Voting voting is delegated coercion.
It?s also a despicably cowardly act. No one I?ve ever met has the audacity to personally do to their neighbors what a vote-fueled government does.
Would you approach your neighbor’s employer and demand a portion of his pay? Would you prevent someone from attempting to save his own life with an experimental drug? Would you have the balls to go to your neighbor’s house and use force to stop him from eating duck liver? Of course you wouldn’t. But voting lets you do those very things, without getting your hands dirty or risking your own hide.
SaltyPig recently points out that he wrote about this very thing five years ago:
When confronted directly with first-person moral decisions, most people are quick to answer in favor of liberty. So what happens somewhere between lemonade-stand-land and the modern state to make people such hooligans by proxy?
Voting is all about abdication of responsibility and delegation of coercion to impose mere preferences upon others.