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A modern commentary that is non-academic and non-bureaucratic is the tradition of the Non-Voter. Not everyone should have to burden the weight of democracy. Some people should get a pass. Whether it be to learn more, abstain from an argument, or pursuit a working grind or maybe self-declared mental limitations. We ought to view non-voting as admirable and a form of peacekeeping.
We should make efforts to collectivize with like-minded people.
This being said, although that is a duty of democracy. Why don’t we give it time? When I was 18 I had a head of steam and I was ready to vote. I am still ready to vote when the time comes because I keep myself informed. As a writer, I practice the exercise of opinion. This could be an exhausting and boring duty to some. Also a Democratic population unhinged would have a battlefield of tribalism. A moderate democracy ought to be recognized and celebrated.
What is wrong with sitting out?
(Utilitarianism suggests happiness ought to be considered in situations of scarcity. The U.S. had a capacity issue with taking votes in the Democratic primary. Site closures mean they can accept fewer votes per location. Economics wise it allows passionate voters to participate and apathetic people to sign out. If political movements aren’t speaking to you. Or even maybe you reject the concept of the state entirely. (Hopefully not the second one.) Maybe you feel unattached to the debated issues. Or even from your own intellect. Either way, we should allow a tradition of sitting out and peacekeeping. I think Political science in school is designed to demand democratic participation. However, we have to acknowledge feelings of alienation especially when consider the Socialist and Libertarian traditions of politics.
For the record I voted once from a non-voter family member’s residence in municipal politics. I think since he paid the bills he ought to get the credit for that vote. Even if it went no where. Objectively speaking Duncan Armstrong was a weak politician. My website definitely gets more traffic than his did. It is sad the Progressive municipal movement was soley up to him. Jim Harrisson is definitely a media savy mayor.
I just also think we overemphasize voting and underemphasize donating as well. A Capitalist would theorize that donating would actually make democracy more accurate. Not that I am a capitalist. However, I think democracy is partially now about resource management.
Ashton Deroy writes: New York Times posted an article by Kimball Allen titled my Mormon family loved until I came out. I figured that not to detract from his story that I would tell my story as well. Also, to help me come to terms with some mutual prejudices I have faced with more Conservative communities as a devoted Religious Socialist. The truth is I would say I am related to two types of families. One that is very Libertarian on my father’s side & another that is much more Conservative on my mother’s side.
However, believe it or not, I have a relationship to Mormon faith that predates my new harmonies in the family life. We did participate in church activities and meet members of the Mormon community when we were younger. So in my writing as a Socialist, I want to honor a group of people I did grow to know & respect when I was younger. I love my Mormon family culture because I do believe it captures good ideas for the community, they share many of my beliefs for Justice and they value organizing time for discipline in education.
I feel very happy that my mother feels welcomed by this community and that they continue to show interest in me & my brother’s lives as adults. This is truly a privilege and I will reflect upon it as such. Again I do carry some prejudices to Conservative culture however I want to write this with pride in sharing my background with my readers.
Ashton Deroy writes: Let us face it, many people among my income class do not desire to grow old. The tedious life of living poor in a country that increasingly includes the wealthy in the overdeveloped economy while leaving us behind. It is very tempting to quit this life. I am a Socialist who panics about the Social & Environmental decay of society. The future seems bleak & people seem like they have stopped paying attention to what Society needs.
The last time I was ready to call it quits on my life was 4 years ago at 22 years old. I turned off my brain & started doing crazy things. Like taking an ill-advised bus trip to North Bay from North York. Where the bus took me near a forest fire.
I got sick from smoke inhalation. This had me down for a week at a stranger’s house where I went to get high. This was the craziest place my declining mental health ever took me! Fast forward 2 years later.
I am in a relationship, near fixing my life & moving to a safer address as of March. What I discovered is? When you are looking to live a longer life there is something essential you need to do. Ask yourself “Who inspires you to grow old?”
Tommy Douglas was the father of Canadian Socialism. He was anti-war, pro-health care for all & he did economic reforms that saved a collapsing economy. Near 80 years old Tommy Douglas was struck by a bus. However, he recovered by his 80th birthday. He is a true symbol of Canadian kindness, resiliency & intelligence.
Not the biggest fan of her current Conservative stances. However in 2011 Grandma Pat & I both voted for Canada’s Socialist Party the NDP Party. Like it or not? Grandma Pat was a big part of the reason I became a Canadian Socialist first before I ever voted Liberal. For that, I am glad I had her guidance. Being a Socialist means you have principles of community, compassion & Sustainability. Being a Liberal tends to mean you stand on a meaningless Progressive mishmash of ideas. She is a testament to the fighting spirit of Rural Canadians & she is a part of a generation that raised Rock & Roll, hippies. Like my Dad and my Uncle Rick.
Kaylib is my significant other & my best friend. Truth be told I could see growing old in a dignified way with a partner like Kaylib. Around him, I behave rationally & really think things through. I would say that some of my best writing has happened because Kaylib got me to think more deeply about what I was going to say. The other part about Kaylib that inspires me to grow old? I really want to see the successful person he becomes. He is so intelligent & he understood Statistics in my Loyalist College diploma program when a lot of my classmates in 2019 did not!
This blog was written in 2020. A year that would begin a downward decline of public mental health. Statistically, Mental Health issues related to suicide are at an all-time high within Ontario. The CAMH wait for services is way too long. Yet mental healthcare remains primarily Privatized.
Important note on tone: As usual, remember Blogs are intended to be learning opportunities & Conversation starters. This is also is intended as an Autism blog so be mindful of that, but don’t let it spoil the great ideas. This blog has been an important tool I have utilized to practice mindfulness, self-promotion, and collaboration. Keep in mind As noted by indicators on the website I am an admirer & more importantly a learner of Socialist theory.
Ashton Deroy writes: It is tragically ironic that Monopoly was developed by a Progressive Economist to demonstrate ineffective unchecked powers of Monopolizers & Tycoons in a free market. “Yes, people Monopoly was made to prove Libertarian designed economies were oppressive and lead to mass financial bankruptcies!” Monopoly doesn’t celebrate free markets. It proves a point about sustainable cooperation making more functional longer-lasting economies. For more on the invention of Monopoly click here.
How I play a monopoly?
- I don’t develop my properties without the encouragement of the other players.
- I try to get all the spots I see as culturally significant. Referring to other blog posts you realize I am not going to be buying up Trenton Ontario’s Military landmarks in this cracked out version of this game. I want spots like the Grind, the natural parks & the Library. Then I tell players I won’t develop the properties so I can keep the game going fairly.
- I cooperate with players & trade them back properties that may mean more to them than me. That is because in a Socialist Society we believe passion is a major part of choosing a profession.
Three things you need to know if I leave a game of Monopoly with you:
- If I leave a game first & not bankrupt? I am tired of someone’s lousy behaviors about unsustainable market dominance. This happened in the game with my Uncle & cousin over the Christmas holiday. I am not even sure everyone understood that & I am okay with that. I also realize the game is no longer unpredictable & I am bored. No one is cooperating with my planning. No one is operating strategically. In a game of Monopoly where one player gets ahead too early, players should try to strategize to cut the wheels on that player. If you don’t do that though? that player will surely win… In real life this is where small interest groups all attach together & take down overly influential organizations. When we get to this place in the game? The game is no longer fun because the end result is a forgone conclusion. I left the game with my Uncle, his girlfriend & my cousin because I knew the cards in everyone’s hands. I knew the result would be Nicholas winning. Again this game is about proving the progressive economic theory about oppressive Free-market.
- If I leave abruptly? In High School East North Umberland Secondary School, we would play this game at the fasts where we raised money for developing countries. The Fasts were like gigantic sleepovers at the High School. They were fun & earned students volunteer hours. Sometimes I would play this at a fast. If I leave after 1-3 turns, I’ve literally decided I don’t want to commit to spending enough time with you to finish a full game of Monopoly with you. I am very good at telling who I am going to have an enriching conversation with. Someone with overly competitive tendencies, for example, is someone I may start this game with & not finish. It is as it seems, I disrespect you as a person & I wanted to waste your time. If you are a Capitalist you literally use the phrase “Time is money.” Which is absurd, but related to your own views of the world I have chosen to hit you hard with massive disrespect by wasting you & my time.
- Sometimes I am just exhausted- Even if you could play Monopoly with excessively cooperatively people. Which I never have, but I would like to. It is a brain exercise at the end of the day. Economics is my favorite topic… It is also somehow all at once… Boring, Nostalgic, Depressing, Uplifting, Enlightening, underthought & overthought! Again Economic theory related to Socialism, Capitalism, Communism & Conservatism is a sought out discussion. It is one of my favorite collections of topics. It is also draining & you need to take a break.
If we play Monopoly together? Remember I do not play to win, I play to cooperate fairly & sustainably. I will also probably be the first to leave the game, especially if the game is predictable. However, if I am eliminated later in the game I found people were playing interestingly. People who learn Economics, Business, Politics, Social Science & Sustainability see a simulation market differently. An overly predatory game is just a bad game if you are playing with a simulated economy. Something to think about is how could you change playing Monopoly? What would you do to design the game to run longer? Or to make it a better simulation economy?
Other games that tried to simulation economies. Click the names before the – to learn more about the games:
- Secondlife – Secondlife toyed a lot with Sale of player goods & services. It isn’t as fun as it used to be. Fun fact, one of the things the players used the simulated economy for was for the simulated sex trade. People also claim from within Secondlife it isn’t a game, it is a virtual world! In my opinion, if you simulate economies, “you are a game.” Also not an interesting game, most people are playing weird games of House.
- The Sims – Based on designing dollhouses & simulating life. The Sims also begins toying with simulated economics a lot in the Sims 2 & Sims 3 series. In fact, in Sims 3 you could go around buying privatized businesses & firing all the employees. This was something I made my Sims bad guys do… I have never been much for capitalism & I am not very creative. Tirnua, was an Eco-Socialist Simulator in my opinion & it was created by the same developers who created the Sims Online.
- Socialist Monopoly– This may be one of the most non-sensical things I have ever seen in my entire life. Much like the Star Wars BattleShip game… I will buy it at some point! It seems idealistic, unpredictable and simply absurd. I am down to try it!
Fun fact, you could replace the Capsim Business Simulation at Loyalist College with any one of these games. It would not make a difference in the quality of education, you would improve the experience of the course 10 fold by simply it being fun. Yes, I believe you could replace that course with Monopoly and have it be just as productive! “Simulated Economies = games” Come at me bro, you Commerce & Business nerds! Fun fact kids, you will get more money out of learning to play Poker than playing with Simulated fantasy economies.