Many non-political libertarians refuse to vote because it legitimizes The State. But the Libertarian Party is also an educational platform. Here’s why everyone should vote Libertarian.
If the Libertarian Party of Texas fails to get 5% of the vote in a statewide election in November it could lose ballot access for the future. That means it could take as much as $250,000 to fund the petition drive necessary to regain ballot access. This would not only be a major setback for the Texas LP but since LPTX is a major factor in the success of the LP nationally the shot could ricochet throughout the Party nationally.
Certainly LP members and supporters will not let The Establishment Parties silence the voice of “Minimum Government and Maximum Freedom.” Mark Miller, according to his campaign manager Lauren Daugherty, has the best chance of getting that 5% requirement for the LP in Election 2016.
Yet many people in the libertarian community who firmly believe in those sentiments refuse to take part in elections because voting – the act of participating in an inherently corrupt institution called “government” – just gives legitimacy to that institution. These are anti-statist and therefore non-voting libertarians who self-define as voluntaryists, agorists, anarcho-libertarians or hold similar convictions. Voting, the reasoning goes, means giving one’s sanction to a person who wants to use government as a coercive weapon.
Being anti-statist is laudatory, but here is why voting for Mark Miller anyway will not violate anti-statist principles.
1. You know perfectly well that your one vote, even coupled with hundreds of others, will not elect any Libertarian to statewide office so stop using that as an excuse for failing to support your fellow Libertarians. Even with the anti-insider sentiment sweeping the country it’s a simple fact that Libertarians will not win any major political positions in an essentially conservative state like Texas. But Mark Miller can win 5% of the vote and that’s the strategy. More on this later.
2. The LP is not and has never been “just a political party” in Texas or anywhere else. It’s an educational platform. Running candidates for public office is a perfectly legitimate way to introduce people to the non-aggression principle that no one has a right to coerce, intimidate or defraud anyone – including especially government operatives at all levels.
3. Your vote represents what you say it does, not what someone else says. When you vote for Mark Miller you’re not giving your sanction to the Statist Quo political system, you’re helping to educate people about libertarian philosophy now as a step toward discovering your voluntaryist, agorist or anarchist philosophies in the future.
4. Education, education, education. Forget everything else. Not voting can help others come to understand your principles when you talk to them one-on-one but when your vote contributes to that 5% total you’re very easily and quickly helping to reach many more people who are already libertarian but just don’t know it yet.
Dr. Mark A. Miller, PE, is running for Texas Railroad Commissioner (RRC). Here are a few quotes from Campaign Manager Lauren Daugherty’s email:
“The RRC is one of the most powerful organizations in Texas as it regulates and promotes the oil & gas industry.” “Unlike his opponents, Mark Miller is an expert on oil & gas topics. He’s worked as a petroleum engineer for over 4 decades, including 18 years teaching related topics at UT Austin. Mark has his PhD in petroleum engineering from Stanford. He’s exceptionally well qualified to serve as RRC and far more qualified than his Republican, Democrat, or Green opponents.”
The bottom line for voluntaryists, agorists, anarchists and all anti-statists is this: Voting for LP candidates isn’t about winning political office; voting on purely educational grounds will help attract more people away from statist policies and toward your own beliefs.
So libertarians should vote to win, vote to educate, or just vote to monkey-wrench The System. Short term or long term it’s a win for libertarianism.
Find Mark miller’s profile at Who’s Mark? Get more information at the candidate’s website and Facebook page. Get his Five Star book from Amazon.