The Lesser of Two Cannibals
June 4, 2008 § 18 Comments
Suppose we have two and only two viable candidates on the ballot for the highest office in the land. Both candidates have promised to federally fund the vivisection of live children for medical research, and will have the power to do so through executive orders if elected; but you think one will do less damage than the other in other areas and for other reasons.
Any act you perform which materially cooperates with a candidate’s medical cannibalism must be proportioned to its end. Among other things, this means that your act must be efficacious in actually achieving its end (in this case, prevention of the additional damage you expect to be caused by the other candidate).
But an individual act of voting in a national election is not efficacious in achieving any material end. It has no impact on the outcome of the election whatsoever.
On the other hand, an individual act of voting in the postulated election is efficacious in one respect. It is efficacious in turning you into the kind of person who is willing to vote for a cannibal.