A Strategy to attain a Government for a Free Society

Law establishes Freedom

A free society is based on law which establishes that a person can seek compensation for all types of assault and all types of theft. All tax and regulatory legislation contradicts law and decreases freedom.

An Anti-political Party Platform

An anti-political party (a libertarian party) would have as its platform the repeal of all tax and regulation legislation. The consequence of this would lead to Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) being voluntary positions, privatization of all government services, and no government bureaucracy.

Politics

Despite what a dictionary definition of politics might be, politics as practiced means candidates for the legislative assembly “buying” votes by promising government services and special privileges for certain groups. Politics also means passing regulatory legislation which blocks competition for large businesses. All political parties have their customized variation of vote “buying” consisting of basic government services, private, labour, and corporate welfare, plus some combination of funding and regulations for special interest groups.

The Anti-political Vote

Convincing voters who are currently voting for a political party to switch to an anti-political party is unlikely. What about eligible voters who don’t vote? Why don’t they vote? My guess is that some are too lazy or don’t care. Is it possible that some are disgusted with politics or see no way that their vote can counter the corruption in politics? The proposal here is that half the non voting eligible voters could be persuaded to vote for an anti-political party.

The Numbers

How could an anti-political party get elected? Let’s look at the numbers. What follows is a look at the last five elections using percent of vote figures for each party. It is assumed that half of the non voting eligible voters were persuaded to vote for the anti-political party. Percent voter turnout is the actual figure. The percent of total eligible votes (everybody who could have voted) is shown for each party. Adjusted percent votes is what the voter turnout would have been with the added anti-political vote.

2015

2012

2008

2004

2001

% of Eligible Vote

% of Eligible Vote

% of Eligible Vote

% of Eligible Vote

% of Eligible Vote

% Voter Turnout

57

54

41

45

53

Conservative

16

24

22

21

33

Wildrose

14

18

3

NDP

23

5

3

5

4

Liberal

2

5

11

13

14

Other

2

2

2

6

2

Anti-political

22

23

30

28

24

Adjusted % Votes

79

77

71

73

77

Under these assumptions, the anti-political party does quite well. Usually a party with 25% of the total possible votes would form the government. These percentages would not translate directly into elected MLAs because that happens at each constituency level, but it is still a good indication of the outcome of the election.

Politics versus Anti-politics

Libertarians are unlikely to win the political game. Libertarians don’t believe in politics; they can’t stomach it; their heart is not in it. A libertarian party is not likely to beat politicians at their own game. The best strategy for libertarians is to appeal to people who have a similar view of politics. This would mean running under the anti-political party platform.

Summary

This anti-political strategy is practical, plausible and the only realistic possibility for a libertarian party. Could it be over optimistic? Maybe, but the game of politics is downright depressing.

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