It's going to take more than voting
Posted Feb 9, 2011 8:30 UTC (Wed) by kleptog
In reply to: It's going to take more than voting
Parent article: Moglen on Freedom Box and making a free net
True freedom for society at large will be realised when things like governments, laws, and taxes are voluntary. True democratic government means you, personally, choose. Not the majority, not your grandfathers, or founding fathers, or anybody else... But YOU. YOUR CHOICE. Your choice to belong, to pay your dues, to obey their laws or to just drop out completely and move some place else that has something more of your liking. THAT is true Democracy.
There is nothing preventing you from picking up your belongings and moving to some other country more to your liking. I think the problem is you don't actually like the other places any better than where you are now.
So you already have the above situation, except you don't like the choices presented to you.
Also, find the use of the phrase "freedom for society at large" useless since it's completely vague what you mean by that. Governments by and large are accepted by people because they solve actual problems. Infrastructure simply doesn't get built out of the goodness of people hearts. Taxation is actually an extremely efficient way of paying for the million and one things the government does. If everything had to be individually calculated for each person, no actual work would ever get done.
Also, as pointed out elsewhere, this is an extremely American oriented view. ISTM the corporations are screwing you over far harder than the government ever will.
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