Laying Bets: W Will Win

Joe R. Golowka joegolowka at
Wed Aug 16 11:17:56 PDT 2000

From: "jf noonan" <jfn1 at>
> On Tue, 15 Aug 2000, Joe R. Golowka wrote:
> > It makes a difference. Voting implies that you approve of the system.
I do
> > not and not voting is the closest thing we have to voting for none of
> > above.
> Uh, no, you can show up to vote with a big magic marker and
> write: "None of the above" on the ballot and drop it in the
> can.

The number of people who do that is not reported. The number of people who don't vote is. And if a lot of people did that they'd make up crap about non-of-the-abovers the same way they do about non-voters. Besides, writing none of the above on your ballot is basically the same thing as not voting. In both cases you aren't participating in the faud of representative "democracy".

> This not only insulates you from the twits that will tell you
> that you have no reason to complain if "you're too lazy to go
> and vote", but if enough people do it will amount to a "none of
> the above" ballot option.

Joe R. Golowka JoeG at

"Candidates say "vote for me, and I will do so-and-so for you." Few believe them, but more important, a different process is unthinkable: that in their unions, political clubs, and other popular organizations people should formulate their own plans and projects and put forth candidates to represent them. Even more unthinkable is that the general public should have a voice in decisions about investment, production, the character of work, and other basic aspects of life. The minimal conditions for functioning democracy have been removed far beyond thought, a remarkable victory of the doctrinal system." -- Noam Chomsky

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