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Last Updated on February 25, 2021 by John Galt

Michael Anton, writing at American Greatness, asks the question, “Why do the election’s defenders require my agreement?”

Some selected quotes:

The purpose of voting today is not to give the people a say in the direction of their government, nor to balance competing interests by alternating party control. It is rather to give a democratic veneer to an undemocratic regime.

The regime is in power, firmly. I, for one, do not believe it either will or can be voted out of power—though it may lose power from its own internal conflicts, contradictions, and incompetence. In the meantime, it can do what it wants and I can do nothing to stop or even impede it. If the regime really needs my belief for its legitimacy, then it’s much weaker, or at least more insecure, than I thought. 

Machiavelli says in chapter six of The Prince that for a founder-prophet to be secure, “things must be ordered in such a mode that when [men] no longer believe, one can make them believe by force.” Does this regime currently possess that power?

Is the latter quote the reason for children being forced to say that 2 + 2 = 5, just as 1984 envisioned?

Read, as they say, the whole thing.