To the staunch supporters and nothing-ever-changers

‪Are you a “staunch supporter” of any political party? You’ve confused politics with religion or sports. The point of the party you vote for getting into government is not for your team to win, nor for your church to conquer and convert the unbelievers.

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The point is to be responsible custodians of something bigger than all of us: the present quality of life of everyone in our community, and the future quality of life for those who will come after us.

When I vote, I don’t just vote for me.

Not just me.

Not just my immediate or extended family. Not just my executive team. Not just my board. Not just my major shareholders. Not just people working in the same industry as me. Not just people who went to the same set of schools and universities as me. Not just people who live in the same community as me, were born in the same country as me, speak the same language as I do at home, or who make the same choices about gender, marriage, religion or recreation as me. Not just the members of a party or the people who vote for them. I vote for everyone.

I wish you would too.

Not the immediate future.

Not just the future bounded by election promise and first term of government. Not just the time between the introduction of a tax cut ‬targeting me and the inevitable claw-back of that tax revenue from some other constituency I’m not a member of. Not just the first term, or the second term. Not just my generation, or the next, or the next. I vote for all generations.

I wish you would too.

Even when I worry that nothing will ever change.

Because if we expect our politicians to behave like the worst politicians they can be without getting sacked or going to jail, that’s how they’ll behave. Opting out and paying a fine instead of voting guarantees no positive change. Donkey voting and casting an invalid vote guarantees no positive change. Voting for the same party each time because you’re a staunch supporter guarantees no positive change. Voting for a party because it’s the party your parents voted for guarantees no positive change.

I vote for the chance that I might influence a degree of positive change.

I wish you would too.

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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