Message to Jacobin Magazine: Economic Suppression is Far Worse Than Voter Suppression

by | Nov 27, 2022


Imagine two criminals:

Criminal 1: Forcibly stopped a woman from having a 1 in 10 million vote to determine the governor of New York

Criminal 2: Forcibly stopped a woman from getting the job of her dreams via occupational licensing regulations even though a willing employer wanted to hire her

You are the judge in both trials, which criminal should get a longer sentence?

Criminal 1’s actions may be offensive, but have no effect on the outcome of the woman’s life since a one in 10 million vote will make no difference. Even if by some miracle she happened to be the deciding vote, politicians are liars and whoever she elected would likely keep all of their bad promises and follow through with none of the good ones.

Criminal 2 however, has forcibly stopped her from directly experiencing the life she wants to live. Eight hours a day, five days a week, she is worse off because a Democratic Imperialist is criminalizing a capitalist act between consenting adults. She now is also deprived of getting on the job experience, and getting her foot in the door to an industry she is passionate about.

The Democratic Imperialist cheers for four years of college where people works for four years and thousands of hours for $0.00 an hour, but the second they want to be productive and learn real skills, the Democratic Imperialist vilifies you and threatens to separate you from your family by putting you in jail for not obeying arbitrary commands of “economic regulation”.

Economic regulations forcibly kept people like Elvis Summers and Jay Austin from giving homeless people houses.

Economic regulations forcibly kept people from feeding the homeless in Phoenix. Some people who bought food and wanted to give hungry people food to eat, but believers in economic regulation forcibly stopped such an exchange from being made.

This is Democratic Imperialism. It doesn’t matter if your neighbor forcibly stops you from doing something peaceful, if a vote is first take, or if someone 12,000 miles away forcibly stops you. It’s imperialism nonetheless.

Democratic Imperialists not only deprive millions of poor people of job opportunities, but also advocate their purchasing power be severely limited with regulations. You want to buy a product or service with the money you earned? Too bad, Democratic Imperialists haven’t given it their stamp of approval.

Needing a drivers license to vote in a scam election? PURE EVIL AND HURTS THE POOR AND IS RACIST AND SEXIST AND XENOPHOBIC AND CLASSIST.

Needing 30 licenses and 16 years of indoctrination to make a voluntary exchange? Very good and helps everyone!

Democratic Socialists cannot consistently claim to support the poor while also supporting they be jailed for participating in capitalist acts between consenting adults. 

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Keith Knight is Managing Editor at the Libertarian Institute, host of the Don't Tread on Anyone podcast and editor of The Voluntaryist Handbook: A Collection of Essays, Excerpts, and Quotes.

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