Friday, 16 September 2005

Last thoughts before tomorrow

After a gruelling campaign that seems to have lasted several months, the smoke and fireworks are about to clear for one day, and you are left with one choice that is wholly yours to make: who you are going to vote for, or if you're going to vote at all.

Your vote is the one thing you do that politicians actually do listen to. If you do want to send them a message, tomorrow is the time.

Politicians only understand one thing at election time: that you voted either for them or against them. If for example you hold your nose and vote Team Blue just to get out Team Red, then Team Blue will see that as a vote for them, and an endorsement of their people and their policies. That you don't see it that way is irrelevant: an endorsement is what you've just delivered, and three years of Blue-tinged bossiness is what you'll receive--and you will have voted to receive it.

Don't forget what the Blue party did last time they were in power. Don't forget who introduced the RMA and the NCEA. Behind Brash the same pathetic old hacks are still there. And as Lindsay Perigo points out in the latest Free Radical, the pathetic old hacks are still the ones writing Blue policy:
National under Don Brash has been a huge, but entirely predictable, disappointment. The runaway success of his Orewa 1 speech should have taught Dr Brash that this was the way to go. The same ringing advocacy of one law for all should have been brought to bear on all policy areas: the economy, defence, health, education … Instead, what has he done? He has capitulated to marshmallow middle-grounders in all of them.
Don't just vote against Hard Labour by giving your vote instead to the marshmallow middle-grounders. Vote instead for what you do believe in: Your life, your liberty and and your pursuit of property, prosperity and happiness. I can only repeat what I said the other day in this speech:

There are 20 parties this election. 19 of them think it’s OK to help themselves to your money and boss you around with it. We don’t. We say that’s wrong.

We say that at this election there are twenty parties but only two choices: Nanny State in nineteen different guises, or Freedom, and Libertarianz.
It's true. If you want nannying, vote elsewhere.

Only Libertarianz promises to get government completely out of your pocket, out of your face, and out of your life. How will we do this? I answer that one here, in What's the Point of Political Activism, and here in Brushfires of Liberty. In the former I argue:
Who should you vote for? Vote for yourself. Only a vote for Libertarianz allows you to do that. "It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
We are that tireless minority. Your vote gives our efforts wings.

At this election, I urge you to free yourself from the politicians. Cast a vote for your life, and for your liberty. Cast it for Libertarianz. We may not be in parliament this election, but you can be damn sure our ideas will be. Your vote will help that happen--every vote cast for Libz will help it happen. Every vote for Libz is a message to Parliament saying "I own my life!"---it is a message the politicians will hear, and that we will keep on making them hear.

If you do want to start getting your life back from the politicians this election, then Vote Libz. Any other vote is just a vote for more of the same.

And after the election? I invite you to join us in 'Putting the 'P' into Politics', and help keep the brushfires of liberty alight! We at least know that if it's your freedom you want, there are no shortcuts.

BTW: Readers of Not PC are invited to call in and join other highly intelligent, like-minded people at an Election Night gathering in Mt Eden, where we can celebrate at least some politicians losing their job.

WHERE: 45A View Road.
WHAT: BBQ and BYO wine, whiskey, what-have-you.
WHEN: Sat Sept 17, from early evening on.

See you there!


  1. "We are that tireless minority"

    You mean "tiny", surely?

  2. Ah, Nameless One .. didn't your mum tell you that size doesn't matter?! It's what you *do* with what you've got, see. This election I've been bombarded with all manner of parties talking 'freedom matters', 'nanny state', 'let people keep their money', 'property rights', etc. So it might largely be lip service at this stage, but even 5 yrs ago we were the only ones talking all that. Ideas do eventually take root - as long as the tireless minority keep banging on!

  3. I did it, did I it, it's done. Made it to the right end of Little Collins St in Melbourne this time, and with an hour to spare. I think the name 'Libertarianz' is going to raise alot of eyebrows tomorrow night.

    The ladies at the Victorian Electoral Commission said they were glad it was over at last. They'd been kept busy with around 500 Kiwis trooping in to vote. My bic biro wasn't good enough, had to go over the ticks again with an orange marker. And the balots were black&white, last time I'm sure all the logos were in colour. What with that!?

    If I were still in Waimakariri it would have been Libz or nothin'. But Rodney Hide is an economics student, philosophy student, forklift driver and truck driver. Just like me. Epsom voters with a candidate vote to spare should use it to reward the nieche he imperfectly occupies as an incentive for others polys to do the same. They've started their lipservice precursors already! Lets keep that snowballing!

    Come on! Get Rodney in there to stick up for Private Property Rights Amendment Bill.

    Wake up tomorrow, get down to Jubilee Hall and fan the flame Epsomites!

  4. Thanks for the invitation. If I were in Auckland, I'd love to come see you good people for a BBQ in View Rd.

    I'm living in Southampton, England right now. So thanks for standing up for freedom in New Zealand!



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