Bricks Not Ballots September 30, 2012Posted by Summerspeaker in Anarchism.
There are many ways to protest and resist militarism and conquest and planetary exploitation at the point of a gun, but voting when you are eligible to vote is not one of those ways, not at all, not even remotely, and to pretend otherwise is worse than wrong: it is likely an effort to engage in delusion the better to indulge in the benefits of the bloodletting all the while wallowing in an appallingly ignorant and inaccurate unearned sense of accomplishment when you are in fact enabling rather than resisting domination.
Whether you like it or not imperialist capitalism exists, and whether you like it or not this system harms billions of human beings on daily basis, and whether you like it or not voting has historically done approximately jack shit to end such horrors, and whether you like it or not you can physically and directly make a difference via tactics that have nothing to do with electoral politics, and whether you like it or not your throwing arm is one (one among many, but actually materially one) way of making a difference in the process that harms you and billions of your fellow human beings.
To be able-bodied in the most militarily mighty and capitalistic nation-state on earth burdens one with terrible responsibilities, among them the requirement to bodily resist the nightmarish status quo that causes the untold suffering of one’s fellow earthlings, even though your best throw is certainly never good enough and almost certainly won’t smash capitalism or the state on its own. There is certainly nothing ethically exemplary or practically useful about the denial of any ofthis, any more than there is in pouting protests of the facts of gravity or mortality. Those windows ain’t going to break themselves, folks.
(This post inspired by Dale Carrico and eir advocacy of mockery.)