I set about writing this as a piece on JC. That’s Jeremy Corbyn, not Jesus Christ. Although new studies show that he may actually be the messiah. But I perhaps should title it “why Avram doesn’t vote”.
I was born in Chesterfield, and for the first 19 years of my life (until I left) Tony Benn was my MP. Mr Benn was hard core, socialist left. I disagreed with his political views, but I really liked him. Why? Because he was a good man. He was principled, he understood democracy, understood that he worked for his constituents and that he was only borrowing power from them.
JC is cut from the same cloth. Another good, principled man with whom I share little common ground, politically speaking. This is why I like the man, but will never vote Labour. I’ll never vote full stop, but I’d never vote Labour.
So this picture is of the political compass. Up and down represents the authoritarian-libertarian axis, and left and right represents the collectivist-individualist axis. It also shows where the political parties were at the time of the 2015 election.
At the time of the 2015 election, both Labour and the Conservatives were firmly on the authoritarian right, with Labour to the left of the Tories, naturally. Labour has moved steadily to the right in recent years, most noticeably after the war criminal, Tony Blair picked up the reins.
Labour will undoubtedly retrace its steps and move to the left, but I suspect that even with JC as leader, the political landscape, combined with the remnants of New Labour will limit how far to the left he can move.
Can you see me on the picture? Yes, that’s me, bottom right. All alone on the libertarian right. The libertarian right means I hold two kinds of belief:
1. I deeply resent state coercion. States and governments are institutions which exist solely because of their ability to enforce their rule by violence. I value individual liberty above all else. This puts me on the bottom half of the compass.
2. I’m a strong supporter of free markets. I’m a believer that I should be able to work, to earn a living, and to trade the wealth I earn for other goods and services without coercive measures imposed by governments and backed up by the threat of force. This puts me on the right.
Do you see what’s around me in that part of the compass? That’s right. Nothing. No parties. Being a voluntaryist means I wouldn’t dignify the political system by voting, but even if I did, there’s no party that’s near me, politically speaking.
Here’s another nugget for thought – we rightly pour scorn on Americans for choosing their politicians based on who is best for Israel, yet plenty of British pro-Palestine activists are choosing JC because he is best for Palestine.