Written by Phillip Corbin.

I am often told that because I do not participate in voting therefore I am somehow personally responsible for the state of affairs in which the elected politicians put us and the policies they enact.

Let’s engage in a thought experiment and turn this logic around on the statists who use this rhetoric by comparing it to other social institutions.

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Walmart has been the target of unethical labor allegations. As Walmart is a public company, anyone can register in its voting system and participate in the shareholder process where the CEO is elected and the business’s vision is crafted. Therefore, because you did not vote in the election process of Douglas McMillon, the CEO of Walmart, you are personally responsible for his unethical labor policies.

Tyson Foods is known to have abused animals. As Tyson Foods is a public company, anyone can register in its voting system and participate in the shareholder process where the CEO is elected and the business’s vision is crafted. Therefore, because you did not vote in the election process of Donnie Smith, the CEO of Tyson Foods, you are personally responsible for his animal abuse policies.

Monsanto is known to lobby to hide information about their food from consumers. As Monsanto is a public company, anyone can register in its voting system and participate in the shareholder process where the CEO is elected and the business’s vision is crafted. Therefore, because you did not vote in the election process of Hugh Grant, the CEO of Monsanto, you are personally responsible for his policies of hiding nutritional content from consumers.

Halliburton is known to have profited from the Iraq War in a conflict of interest involving Dick Cheney who was a board member. As Halliburton is a public company, anyone can register in its voting system and participate in the shareholder process where the CEO is elected and the business’s vision is crafted. Therefore, because you did not vote in the election process of David J. Lesar, the CEO of Halliburton, you are personally responsible for his policies of profiting from unethical wars by using his political connections.

Of course, you had nothing to do with the actions of those companies and will argue that you cannot be held accountable for the actions of their CEOs because you never gave them your support.

Maybe now you will stop holding me personally accountable for the actions of your government which you elect, you support, you fund, you cheer, and to which you pledge your allegiance even though I did absolutely nothing to give them power and grant no moral credence to their actions.