by Phil Maymin: Einstein
Was Wrong When It Came To Socialism
One guy beat
another guy in vote totals this month, but they both lost, even
in their combined total, to None of the Above. For the fourth Presidential
election cycle in a row, and the 27th time out of the past 30, most
eligible voters opted not to vote.
the candidate with the most votes has gotten an average of 22
percent of eligible voters; all of remaining candidates combined
have averaged 20 percent of eligible voters. None of the Above
has dominated the past century with a 58 percent average.
is the implicit support of the people for government policies.
When a candidate sweeps into office on a large majority, other
elected federal officials, fearing for their own future campaigns,
go along with the new proposals. When a candidate earns a meager
victory, they are less prone to hop on. Indeed in eight of the
last thirty elections, the winning candidate didn't even get a
majority among those who chose to vote: his resulting mandates
were much weaker.
about nobody? Nobody has been consistently winning in a landslide.
Nobody's supporters are loyal and reliable: once you vote for
nobody, you almost always vote for nobody. Government media would
have you believe that nobody's supporters are lazy, shiftless,
racist, uneducated, ignorant, bad citizens. They are disparaging
the majority of adult Americans, the silent majority that places
nobody first, the silent majority that knows, despite all the
rhetoric, that nobody listens, nobody will protect us, nobody
What if nobody's
mandate won? What if no new laws had been passed for the past
four, eight, sixteen years -- would we be worse off, or much much
Phil Maymin [send him mail]
is an Assistant Professor of Finance and Risk Engineering at the
Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He is the author of
Your Inner Yankee
His latest book is Financial
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