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Vote, vote, vote , vote!

November 6, 2012

So, lately I’ve heard people proclaiming their refusal to vote and doing so in some smug hipster way that implies their refusal to vote is something that should be respected. Now, there’s a school of thought that states that you should respect people’s opinions no matter what. I did not go to that school. So I say, fuck those people.

Because there’s nothing, not one fucking thing, about choosing not to vote that should be a point of pride.

The primary reason given is “my vote doesn’t matter,” which is pure bullshit. I find it so amusing when people claim some variation of this, as if the presidential election were the only thing on the ballot. Every vote matters and given that not a few state and local races in the past few years that have come down to fewer than 100 votes and in some cases fewer than 50 anyone who claims their vote doesn’t matter simply can’t count or doesn’t care.

Do you know why it’s so hard for people to vote in some places? because their Republican election supervisors systematically make it hard for people to vote. Everyone in Ohio, Texas, and Florida who chooses not to vote? You are fucking it up for the rest of us. Because of you, our votes are in danger when people are able to vote at all.

Look at this:

People waiting up to 15 hours to vote. YOUR FUCKING FAULT.

I’ve also got some friends who claim to be anarchists and…OK, y’all go sit over there. Grown folks are working.

Their reasoning is as follows from

Anarchists Who Vote Are Like Atheists Who Pray

The similarity lies in the inconsistency displayed between stated belief and actions. But, in reality, the consequences of an anarchist who votes are far worse than mere inconsistency. An atheist who sinks to his knees is engaging in a personal act that has no necessary impact on the right of others to remain standing. By contrast, the anarchist who votes is legitimizing a political process that he knows will be used by the State to violate the rights of others. After all the anarchist’s definition of the state is as “institutionalized violence.” Only if he believes the State is not institutionalized violence can the anarchist vote in good conscience. Upon accepting that belief, of course, he ceases to be an anarchist.

Let’s talk about inconsistency for a moment. Anecdotally, based on the people I know who call themselves anarchists, the call themselves anarchists. They call themselves that while enjoying all the benefits of modern societies. So, yeah. Anarchists, by definition hold the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, or harmful, until in my experience, the need the state and then all bets are off.

Guess what? That’s remarkably hypocritical and makes it impossible to take people who do this seriously.

Further explanation from Issues in Anarchism

Many anarchists oppose voting for three reasons. First, they believe it to be ineffective, at best resulting in minor reforms. Second, taking part in elections has historically resulted in radicals becoming part of the system they oppose rather than ending it. Third, because some claim voting amounts to an acknowledgment of the state’s legitimacy. Most fundamental is the idea that representative democracy itself is fundamentally flawed. In essence, the state uses the theory that it is democratic to gain power over the populace, and then uses force to suppress any dissent. Nonetheless, the state in reality almost never serves the interests of the populace in general, but simply produces the illusion that it does this solely to gain power. Governments operate at the expense of the public good, and can serve no other purpose regardless of whatever form they take. During the 2004 US Presidential election, the anarchist collective CrimethInc. launched “Don’t Just Vote, Get Active,” a campaign promoting the importance of direct action, rather than electoral change.

I talked about the “my vote doesn’t matter, crap. Aside from that, your country is a community too. It’s the largest community on which you have the opportunity to exercise a direct affect and doing otherwise is an abrogation of the responsibility you bear for enjoying the benefits of society. It’s fine if you chose to abrogate that responsibility but I think it’s important that people are honest when they do so.

Either way, I’m happy to make decisions about your life for you. Sadly, I’m not the only person who is.

In the end, this is the most important thing to remember

It’s not too late. This is advanced citizenship people. It’s time to step up. Go do a job.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 6, 2012 1:05 PM

    Preach it, sister!

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