Death to the United States: A Reponse to Dale Carrico November 9, 2012Posted by Summerspeaker in Anarchism, Occupy Wall Street.
See here for context.
Voting for a President isn’t properly a matter of voting for a God to worship or a daddy to order you around or blame everything on.
Please tell this to your fellow Democrats.
It was going to be either Obama or Romney. Those were the only two options.
Only because people believe this. In describing political reality, you create political reality.
If everything better short of your ideal is going to be identified with a billy club to your skull — even when it literally isn’t, even when fairer and more supportive makes lives better in ways even your own rhetoric entails you would prefer to the alternative — then your theory has lead you profoundly astray, you will never have anything that matters, you will never help anyone in ways that are legible to the stakeholders in question, your life cannot be meaningful or worthwhile.
The state, whether run by Democrats or Republicans, literally is a billy club to the skull. Guess who was mayor of Chicago at the NATO summit back in May. That’s right, Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama White House Chief of Staff. How about in Los Angeles at the eviction of the local Occupy Wall Street group? Antonio Villaraigosa, another Democrat. Oakland? Jean Quan. Along with Obama, the last two indicate the hollowness of diversity and inclusion under the liberal status quo. I recommend this analysis. As mentioned in another post, I don’t particularly care whether folks vote. However, I do fiercely oppose the insistence on voting and the celebration of oppressors like Obama.
If freedom is experiences only in temporary localized episodes your politics is literally indistinguishable from the most uncritical acquiescent consumer who experiences freedom watching tv or exing on a dancefloor. If action is random acts of vandalism and disruption your politics is literally indistinguishable from the most uncritical inefficacious criminality (which after all is also symptomatic of class/race/patriarchal stratifications and normalized abused but hardly activist for that).
I submit that dancing and criminality do more to improve the world than voting ever has. With that foregrounded, I don’t advocate these things alone but as part of a larger transformative strategy. As Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón wrote, “Revolutionary workers: Cultivate disrespect.” Direct action and disobedience get the goods.
You really seem to want to help, you really seem to care about equity-in-diversity, you really seem smart: you need to get over yourself and help out for real and leave this pseudo-radical anarcho-masturbation techno-transcendentalist nonsense behind.
This ain’t gonna happen. I don’t want to help so much as want to live free alongside my comrades. Mutual aid is the kind of help I practice.