Should We Bother to Vote When Revolution Is Inevitable?
“Even supposing the chief good to be eventually the aim for the individual as for the state, that of the state is evidently of greater and more fundamental importance both to attain and to preserve. The securing of one individual’s good is cause for rejoicing, but to secure the good of a nation or of a city-state is nobler and more divine.” –Aristotle
Richard William Posner
It should be kept in mind that the words nation or city-state may very easily be replaced by tribe, family, society, civilization or species.
“Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” — Thomas Jefferson in a Letter to Richard Price (8, January, 1789)
The American working class is on the brink of extinction. A strong, financially secure, educated, informed and cosmopolitan middle class is a serious threat to tyranny and totalitarianism. That’s why there has been a vigorous, systematic dismantling of ours since the Nixon era.
That’s not to say that efforts toward that end were not made prior to Nixon, but that those efforts were redoubled and became more obvious, even to the casual observer, at that time. Does your vote matter?