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November 11, 2016

“No Place to Go With Your Vote”

Filed under: American Revolution, Freedom — Tags: , — Russ @ 4:19 am

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Where can I GO with this thing?!

Where can I GO with this thing?!

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Here’s a quote I saw in an internet comment: “I have to say that I think the duopoly is also part of the problem with holding politicians accountable, sometimes there is no place to really go with your vote.”
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That’s a common sentiment and superficially seems reasonable enough, but even so it strikes me as peculiar.
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By now such a thought reads to me as if it’s meant literally: One’s vote is a physical thing one is carrying, like a bomb with a lit fuse, and one must physically go somewhere safely to dispose of it. Thus if there’s only two or three bomb-proof receptacles where you can deposit your bomb, you must choose one of them. Or it’s like a barrel of toxic waste one accumulated which one has to dispose of somewhere.
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I’ve never thought of my vote, or anyone’s vote, in such a way. It’s only a potential, and if there’s no way to render it kinetic, it doesn’t exist anyway. In that case to go through the ritual anyway is just idle fantasizing or entertainment or whatever.
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No place to go with your vote? But that doesn’t exist as any real thing, so you don’t need to go anywhere with it. Free yourself. Let it go.
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The fact is, electoralism under corporate rule has zero to do with democracy and political participation. On the contrary, corporate electoralism is anti-political, the consumerist version of politics. It is to true participatory politics and democracy what McDonald’s is to fine cooking and cuisine. Electoralism has been the subject of systematic indoctrination and propaganda precisely in order to help discredit and suppress true politics and democracy. By now it’s succeeded even in eradicating the very idea of these, and almost everyone inertially, without a thought, takes it for granted that voting is the essence of democracy, the beginning and the end. But this is nothing but one of the biggest of big lies.
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Freeing our minds is the first step toward liberating our actions toward the goal of true freedom. We can start by taking it as axiomatic that anything the government, corporations, mainstream media, mainstream churches, academia, NGOs, celebrity flacks, or anyone else “respectable” wants us to do, is absolutely something we mustn’t do. Or, in such a case as belief in the electoral cult, which we must stop doing.
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In saying this I don’t mean there’s never a context for voting. I mean that voting can be meaningful only as the tactical extension of a fully coherent and strategized anti-corporate movement and campaign which exists and operates from outside the system.
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Only when we have created the place where we are, will we then have a place to go.
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4 Comments

  1. […] about good and evil the way I do. This world cares more about the images of the propagandist. Thus the circus world, to give just the most extreme example. . . . […]

    Pingback by What Shall This Man Do? | Volatility — November 13, 2016 @ 9:26 am

  2. Hi. You sound like you need some encouragement. I’m one of your silent readers. I don’t comment cos I don’t have much to add. In fact I’ve learned more about GM food from you than anyone which suggests you have a rare talent for getting this across. I’ve never been sure till now if you were a loner or an org. Don’t even remember how I found you, but I get yr newsletter now. What can I say? You’re good. Keep going.

    Comment by lafayettesennacherib — November 13, 2016 @ 2:33 pm

  3. Woops I think I commented on the wrong post

    Comment by lafayettesennacherib — November 13, 2016 @ 2:37 pm

  4. Thanks for the good word, at both posts.

    Comment by Russ — November 13, 2016 @ 4:38 pm


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