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    Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:05
I like to share this (usually just the guide) during election cycles. Greg needs to write more essays.

Voting is a privilege. As such it requires responsibility. Irresponsibility when coupled with licence can lead to social tragedy. If one is to feel good about his or her vote, it is necessary to have an agenda to use as justification, and also to adhere to some sort of ideological protocol for casting a particular vote. Too often in the past, our generation has voted and formed opinion based on self-serving interests. "I know what is good for me, and I don’t really care about what is good for others, I will vote for the candidate or issue that benefits me the most" is a common way of thinking. This is an example of the simplest possible voting convention. It doesn’t require much worldly knowledge or social concern, it is simply a selfish desire for personal gain. This will probably typify most people’s thinking on their way to the polls this year, as it has in years past. But it does not make for a better society. Voting offers us a way to responsibly improve society. If you don’t care about such a goal, then voting isn’t a privilege for you, it's just a routine behavior that happens every four years, or worse, a way to implement evil policies that further degrade the lives of the careless and powerless. If you don’t care about improvement, you better hope that those who do go to the polls advocate your interests. Societal improvement is a somewhat nebulous concept because change is rarely teleological and it rests in the whims of the populace. Most people think that a candidate who wins an election can make the world a better place. This has rarely happened in history. It is the people, or the ruled, who make the world a better place by behavioral changes, and the ruler is usually only a by-product of this collective phenomenon. The process of voting, because it demands sharing of information, requires people to gain knowledge about their world. It offers an opportunity to question whether they accept the tenets of their representatives and of their society. When this occurs, people get informed, people can communicate their distastes, and their hopes. They feel useful and acknowledged by their fellow citizens. And through communication comes action, and eventual abatement of the stigmas that cause suffering and misery. An informed person is a content person. An informed society is a strong society, supportive of its citizens, aware of, and compassionate to those less advantaged. Finally, an informed vote is a responsible vote. It goes far beyond the election in question. The knowledge is carried through the life of the possessor, and it shapes the way that person views his/her position in society and communicates with others. All of this is a contribution to a better community and a more meaningful election.
AN UNORTHODOX PROTOCOL FOR CASTING A MEANINGFUL VOTE:

      1 Determine whether you care about the general well-being of society (If you do not, skip to step 7, if you do, continue on)

      2. Determine whether you are a privileged citizen (If you are not, then proceed to step number 6, if you are, read steps 3, 4, and 5 only)

      3. Examine not how well you will fare if a given issue is voted into law, but how poorly the under-privileged will suffer (no matter which laws pass a vote or who is voted into office, you will probably always still be better off than the people you fear you’ll become, namely the under-privileged).

      4. Create an ideological balance-sheet that details how much better you will fare, as a percentage of your current comfort level, versus how much worse the under-privileged will drop in their current comfort level (for instance, as a very banal example, a mere 2% drop in your current income, could provide a tremendous relative rise in an under-privileged household’s income).

      5. Vote for the issue or candidate that promises to balance the disparity between the privileged and the under-privileged classes, even if it doesn’t make you richer or if it provides a small compromise in your day-to-day comfort.

      6. Vote for the issue or the candidate who will make your life better.

      7. Abstain from voting

Finally, remember voting started out as a way for concerned citizens to play a role in creating a society that was good for all. Over time it evolved into the monstrosity it is today which is no more than a vehicle for selfish partisanism, and worse, a voice for those who want the law to preserve and increase the disparity between needy and privileged. This unfortunate turn of events has made us a hostile, hopeless people. We should remember that history is relevant, and can help us gain a perspective on our current situation. NO civilization persists without a strong sense of social welfare. The British empire expired once its subjects learned that through unity and enlightenment of the underprivileged came a new power structure and a new sense of national community, one strong enough to turn away any possible oppressors. We are headed in the same direction as the failed British empire as our privileged class increases in wealth yet shrinks in population, and our underclass grows in population and shrinks in wealth. Your vote is meaningless if it merely bolsters the selfish desires of a small privileged minority of citizens. A meaningful vote depends on the passage of issues or election of candidates that help to create a better scene for everyone, not merely the rich elite, and not merely provisional support for the poor. If you follow these guidelines, we will have a less polarized, more enthusiastic underclass, and a less greedy, more compassionate upper class; and the quality of our social fabric will be drastically enhanced.
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Did not expect 7

Also, personally, if I thought one person would fly off the handle from a few lines, I would probably change the words...unless it can really be defended as some kind of a political or social song, which if one went to law school, maybe one could pull off. But since one did not, perhaps one could spare another the agony of wanting something so incredibly, it feels like said words are sucking the life out of the another.

Feeling this way about a married person, whatever kind of marriage married person is involved in, is uncouth, to criticize myself in the most scathing way possible. I cannot fathom a wife that would allow such a crazed individual to be allured once again. Whatever. I so want to be done guessing about you.

I mean, I would be like- I'm out, bitch

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I also said who am I to tell you what to do? No one. Thanks for the misrep, bro
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Democracy is the tool the machine uses to make believe it's operators that they are in control. If you vote, you're a soul criminal.
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If you don't vote, your voice is just being ignored. It might look as a protest to you, but in the end you just give way to what other people decide.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cleverscreename Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/14/2018 at 00:50
Originally posted by friteman friteman wrote:

If you don't vote, your voice is just being ignored. It might look as a protest to you, but in the end you just give way to what other people decide.

is this not assuming that not voting is not a voice in itself?

triple negative? fuck yeah.
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Well, I guess it depends on how the voting system works in different places in the world. In Belgium, voting is a legal obligation. You must partake in the election (still you can blank vote). But blank votes are not taken into account at all in the counting. They're just ignored. Calculations are made on the basis of regular votes only.

On 10 people, 7 blank vote, 2 vote for A and 1 vote for B. A is credited with 66.7%, not 20%.

So in my country, a blank vote is not a voice in itself. In such a system, blank voting = letting other people decide. Statistically, it favours the party that most people vote for.
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i think thats more or less how it goes everywhere? whether you're obliged to vote or not i imagine thats basically how its calculated everywhere? so i think i stand corrected against the firm pole of friteman.

also i think this original post here is very cool. especially for someone like me who has a pain body around being forced to participate in things i fundamentally disagree with. i always liked gregs essays and the few times i looked i was never able to find them since the official br website took them down years ago. gregs rationale here is great. 
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Ivan is the one and only firm "Pole" of the BRpage. Fuck yeah!
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i dunno, i turned into a pretty firm pole after being exposed to gregs logic...
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