As you are probably very well aware, it’s an election year. Political flame-wars are currently 100% of your social media content, and everyone has a precious viewpoint that simply must be heard. The time has come to list the most pro-vaping political ideologies.
Note: Every political ideology has countless schisms and variations. The author acknowledges the danger of generalizing political ideas, and is writing this blog for entertainment purposes only.
For vapers unsure of their political orientation, I would recommend taking the political compass test.
Without further ado, here’s a list of the best political ideologies to vape to!
Libertarianism is a political philosophy that advocates decimation or abolition of centralized government. Libertarians can be left-wing, right-wing, socialist, or anarchist, so it’s hard to generalize this ideology. For the libertarian love of personal freedom (especially in the face of increasing federal regulation of vape products), libertarians get an A+.
Modern conservatism in the United States draws heavily from free-market libertarians. The Tea Party and the new Alt-Right movement has swung conservatives further away from centralized government, and populist disdain for the FDA is well-known. Advocation of free-market economics gives modern conservatism (otherwise known as classical liberalism) a place on the list.
“Anarchism” is a loaded term. When folks think of anarchism, they think of violent revolutions, or graffiti at skate-parks. Anarchism has many manifestations, from Social Anarchism, which calls for the abolition of private property, to anarcho-capitalism, which rejects the government for suppressing the free market. The common theme is anti-heirarchy, and anti-big government.
4. Direct Democracy:
Direct democracy is an off-shoot of democracy in which people represent themselves in government policy. Direct democracy is an extremely idealistic form of democracy, which empowers the people to an extreme extent. Since millions of Americans are vapers, a Direct Democracy would allow vaper voices to be heard.
This form of government is a bit obscure, and hasn’t had much real-world practice. Technocracy is a society governed by “technical decision making,” using an energy metric of value. In a technocracy, currency would be replaced by energy certificates denominated in unites such as ergs and joules. For vaping’s technology-driven solution to the nicotine crisis, Technocracy is on message.
6. Laissez-Faire Classical Liberalism:
Classical liberalism was an early form of free-market capitalism that called for a “slim state.” The government was responsible for warding off foreign invaders, protection of private property, constructing public institutions, and public works. Laissez-faire capitalism means little or no government intervention in market affairs, which means, in the case of vaping, no FDA regulations.
In a nutshell, vaping’s ideal government would enable the public’s voice to be heard, and/or restrict government intervention into market affairs. As the US government operates now, we have a massive centralized government that regulates and taxes the majority of capital, and public opinion, no matter how popular, is not directly represented at the executive, legislative, or judicial level. A quagmire of bureaucracy stands between the business and the consumer, and between the people and the government. The current system favors elites and oligarchs, and anyone beneath the threshold of prestige is forced to suffer.
To contribute to the fight against unfair regulation, be sure to contribute to the Right 2 Be Smoke Free Coalition! This may be our best bet in the war on the FDA.