Some of Aleister Crowley’s supporters are conflicted about whether to vote for Aleister Crowley or the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson. Some have pointed out that, unlike Aleister Crowley, Gary Johnson is alive, American, running for President, and actually on the ballot in many states. We at AC2012, however, believe the most effective vote you can cast is one for Aleister Crowley. Continue reading to learn where Gary Johnson and Aleister Crowley agree on the issues, and why you should vote for Crowley anyway…
Note: See also our post comparing and contrasting Aleister Crowley with Ron Paul.
The Libertarian Party
First of all we’d like to mention that we recommended in 2009 that the Libertarian Party nominate Aleister Crowley for President. After all, they would get more votes that way.
That said, before we explain why you should vote for Aleister Crowley instead of Gary Johnson, let’s consider the Libertarian Party in general for a moment. Do have a look at Aleister Crowley’s platform and you can see how he would certainly agree with many positions held by the Libertarian Party.
The Libertarian Party is the only party that puts the issue of liberty at the core of all considerations, and that’s exactly where Aleister Crowley would place it as well. It’s no surprise then, that many supporters of Aleister Crowley are also supporters of the Libertarian Party, and that some have considered voting for their candidate.
On the other hand, there are a number of positions held by the Libertarian Party with which Aleister Crowley would disagree.
You see, Aleister Crowley’s political philosophy transcends the typical spectra of left-right, libertarian-authoritarian, and liberal-conservative. He upheld the liberty of the individual, and the potential exists for laws to be created on any part of the spectrum which successfully maximize this liberty.
Although the Libertarian Party might agree with Aleister Crowley about ending prohibition, or eliminating traffic signals, or guaranteeing sexual freedom, Aleister Crowley also supported policies which the Libertarian Party would probably oppose. These include:
- A minimum wage, sufficient for a person even to make investments
- Medical assistance as a human right
- Six months of welfare for new mothers
- Aptitude and vocational testing by the state
- The death penalty for corporate executives who create problems for the country
We can see from the above examples — examples which are on the opposite side of the political spectrum from Libertarianism — that Aleister Crowley did not hold a partisan ideal, but rather looked for how specific policies might help individual people to be more free. The Libertarian Party would eliminate the minimum wage, deny that basic healthcare is a basic right, stop all welfare programs, and allow corporations to run rampant (though, on the upside, Libertarians would not bail out the banks).
For more about the Libertarian Party and how Aleister Crowley’s politics transcends partisan politics, be sure to listen to the Occult of Personality interview with AC2012 creator, Frater Enatheleme.
Now that we’ve talked a bit about the Libertarian Party, we can get to the main subject of this post, Gary Johnson.
Lots of people are going to vote for Gary Johnson. Everyone who votes for him knows he won’t win, and they are voting for him anyway because they want to see his ideas enter the national conversation. People voting for Johnson believe that with a significant turnout, it will draw attention to the Libertarian Party platform. We get that. Really, how could we argue with that logic? It is after all the same argument we have for our campaign.
Gary Johnson and Aleister Crowley have a lot in common. They agree on a number of important issues, and Gary Johnson has the benefit of being, you know, alive. And like, American. Another thing they have in common is that neither will win.
But here is the thing, and it really is this simple: everyone expects that there will be a small number of votes for the Libertarian candidate. People will have one of two reactions to these votes:
- They will blithely ignore the Libertarian vote.
- They will resent the Libertarian vote for causing the other guy to win.
How many people will look at the Libertarian vote and exclaim, “Wow, that Libertarian Party really surprised us this year! What are they saying that so many people find compelling?”
We do not predict that the Libertarian Party website will experience a flood of new visitors after the election. We do not think that the Libertarian Party will suddenly find itself in the spotlight, even if a record number of people vote for Gary Johnson. Finally, we predict that there will not be a record number of people voting for the Libertarian Party candidate.
On the other hand, if Aleister Crowley gets just 1% of the vote — or even half a percent! — just imagine the shock, horror, confusion, and outrage that will cross the minds of Americans that day. It might take some time for the news to come out (the 2008 write-in results took almost a full year to trickle out to the media), but we do think that our votes for Aleister Crowley will be mentioned by the press. When that happens, a lot of people will be scratching their heads. They will wonder what Aleister Crowley said that people find compelling. They will wonder if there is more to Aleister Crowley than the “Wickedest Man in the World” nonsense.
And they will Google it.
This is why we think you should vote for Aleister Crowley instead of Gary Johnson. If you vote for Gary Johnson, you’ll be counted among many other ignored voters. If you vote for Aleister Crowley, you might play a part in spreading the Law of Liberty further than it has ever spread before.
If you’re going to waste your vote, don’t waste it on Gary Johnson. Waste it on Aleister Crowley.
News! Check out this new campaign ad, below, independently created by one of our supporters, Frater Puck! (Be sure to see the complete collection of our campaign videos!)
This of course leaves out the fact that if any third-party candidate got 5% of the votes, they would then get a cut of the Presidental Election Campaign Funds (PECF, this election year each candidate got $91,241,400 to run their campaigns.) I’d love to take that money away from the two parties we have now and get it into the hands of a third party, making them a viable third party in the 2016 election year.
Or we could all let the two party system continue to rule the country.
While that is true, it’s a paltry sum compared that spent by the major parties, and wouldn’t have any effect on their dominance. Unfortunately the fantasy of having more than two viable parties in this countries is just that.
Doing nothing will change nothing.
Right, which is why we do not advocate “doing nothing,” and on the front page of the website we specifically describe the problem of inaction. This campaign recommends that we all vote for Aleister Crowley, which is an action that has effects in the real world.
Thanks for the opportunity to address your concern. Now that you have progressed to using rhetoric, we’ll remind you that this website is here to promote the AC2012 campaign, not to promote other campaigns. Therefore we will thank you to discontinue campaigning for your preferred course of action here.