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Should lovers of liberty vote? For some, this is a silly question; how else might one effect change? Others see the political system as nearly useless or worse, but even among those there are different views. Is a vote an act of violence to force your will on others, or is it self-defense? Walter Block will speak on libertarian views of voting and take questions on all things Austro-libertarian Wednesday, October 1st at 7pm ET!

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