This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The non-voters win

In 2016, about 55% of all eligible voters cast ballots. That was a 20-year low. Of the 55% that voted, Donald Trump took about 26%. In case you haven’t already done the math, that means that a quarter of the population now gets to impose its preference on the rest, for at least four years. The 45% who didn’t vote, who chose not to confer on this candidate the right to govern them, and who therefore are not obliged to agree to this whole charade, are ignored completely. So much for majority rule.

This isn’t new. Things were worse in the 1996 election, between Clinton and Dole. In fact, the only time the government could claim to really have the support of the general population was in the mid to late 1800s, when voter turnout rose to about 80%. Aside from that, it really isn’t accurate to say that we live in a nation where the people choose their leaders. We live in a nation where some of the people–never a true majority—choose leaders for the rest, and the rest have to deal with it.

It does no good to say, “Well then, those non-voters should have voted.” What would that have changed? Aside from boosting voter turnout, giving the winner we didn’t want more legitimacy than he already has, and condoning a corrupt system, it would have changed nothing. Like so many of those pro-voting retorts, it only makes sense if you are already drinking the Kool-Aid.

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