I was born in a country where we didn't have the right to vote until 1994, people fought for this right, people died for it, and it stands as a reminder of what a lot of the previous generation fought for, and they are proud of having the right to vote.
When I speak to the previous generation, they still feel like voting, and the democratic process still works and brings about change. However, many of my peers and I feel that it does not, that it is more of a cosmetic change while the system remains the same.
The US elections are underway, and it's taken up most of the media coverage, people are so divisive and talking about how things are going to change depending on who gets elected, but ask yourself, have things really changed? Take out all the identity politics, the cosmetic arguments and changes to laws and look at the results.
How many countries citizens feel they are better off from what Government provides them with NOT what the private market brings them. We often talk about we're better off because we have this and that, but most the modern conveniences don't come from the government they come from the private sector.
If we really dig down to it, the government produces a whole lot of nothing at a very high cost to its citizens.
We can't see the real losses
When I talk to people about what they think of government, they tend to excuse all the issues and look at the so-called good they have done, oh they build homes for the poor. But no one says it's poorly constructed homes, at an over-inflated price, built by someone who got kickbacks and not because of merit.
We don't see the job losses government regulation puts into play; we don't account for all the misery they cause. If governments were so effective, why are we in the shambolic state we are in today under their so-called watch?
Surely we have to call time on their overreach as it continues to become less and less effective. Still, it seems more people have the idea that bigger government means better, yet when Amazon gets bigger and kills competition we cry? Why does the government not abide by the same rules and perceptions?
The Facebook feeling
The Democratic vote today seems like a parody it's all pageantry to give you the illusion you are contributing, and that progress is made by voting. It reminds me of those posts on Facebook like to save starving kids or something to that effect.
People will like and shaRe ita, and that's the end, they supported the cause, they feel they've done something when they have done nothing.
I feel like voting is the same thing, and it's so dismissive of all the issues. We call for people to get out and vote so they can ignore what those candidates you voted for doing for the next 4 years, only to repeat the cycle.
Surly your civic duty should you believe you had one should not begin and end with an x on a page.
Vote with your resources
I believe you cannot have civic freedoms if you don't have financial and economic freedom, what good is the freedom to work and freedom to express yourself if you have no job or means to express your creativity with the help of a good economy and economic opportunities.
We make such a big deal about the political vote, but we don't think about the vote we make every day with the way we save, purchase and how we fund the government.
I've become so aware of the raw deal I am getting I see no reason why I should be holding money that not only gets taxed and inflated away to buy me less of what I want but gets misused on things I don't want, this fiat money vote is tainted.
It's one of the reasons why I do daily cost averaging, there's a therapeutic meaning to it, seeing fiat get burned and transferred into Satoshis every day.
I feel this vote is the biggest vote I'll ever make and I continue to make it every day until things change, which I doubt they will. It's a sad state of affairs that you would rather trust random people running code on the internet to protect your wealth versus your government, but that's where we are now as a society.
Have your say
What do you good people of HIVE think?
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