A Note on Wisconsin
Here’s what happened: Those who call themselves “the left” chose yet again to set up everything in terms of the same old confrontation between the Democrat tribe and the Republican tribe.
They did it in a way which could never enthuse principled electoral abstainers or “apathetic” non-voters.
They did it playing on big money’s chosen battleground.
Given that pathetic setup, I don’t think this outcome was unexpected.
Meanwhile, the term “general strike” only briefly bobbed up in the dog days of the protests, only to sink again without a ripple. Indeed, the very people broaching the term were careful to stipulate that “we won’t actually do it because it’s illegal.” Heroes of democracy indeed.
Just like with Occupy in general, Wisconsin will need to start over, and this time completely renounce electoralism as a rule.
I found this piece via the Organic Consumers Association. I’m not systematically familiar with Counterpunch, having read many articles there in ad hoc fashion, like in this case. But I often see criticism of the site, and it’s sometimes the kind of thing borne out by a quote like this:
People, as a mass movement in the United States, are attracted to right-wing populism, embodied by the likes of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who recently won the recall election by an astounding 7-percent landslide.
Sure, there are refrains, such as “this was an auction, not an election,” and that “money won this election.” But people still voted and have agency. And Walker won by a long-shot.
Are they in the habit of validating phony elections by calling them “democracy in action”, and saying “the people have spoken” with great “agency”? That’s complete idiocy, and plays into the representation scam.
That’s a basic dividing line – does one consider the outcomes of representative government, whether directly rigged or just systemically rigged, to be legitimate, or not.
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