elections

Don't Mourn. Organise.

A statement from Edinburgh Anarchist Federation on the results of the Scottish independence referendum, and what comes next.

Electoral Insubordination – Miguel Amorós

A personal appeal in favor of civil disobedience in response to the Spanish electoral law (which does not prohibit abstention, but rather the refusal to serve as a poll supervisor if you are selected to perform that civic duty), with quotations from Bakunin, Thoreau and Etienne de La Boëtie, reminding us that “when you hear the word ‘democracy’, what they are really talking about is parliamentarism, the political form best adapted to the dominance of oligarchic interests”, rather than “assembly-based democracy”.

A Note on the Civil Society Offensive – Miguel Amorós

Some comments on the most recent wave of civil society agitation in Spain (Summer 2014), defining the purpose of this movement as “[preventing] the formation of social institutions that are outside of the system and beyond its control, that is, truly self-organized institutions” and channeling popular grievances and rage “into the swamp of politics”.

Agitation the greatest factor for progress - Mother Jones

An extract from a speech by Mother Jones about the importance of agitation and the uselessness of voting, in combating the abuses of capitalist industry.

Election developments in Greece

The results of last weekend's European and Local elections have done little to change the political landscape of Greece. However, they are another sign of the fragmentation of the political scene.

The rise of Swedish fascism

Right-wing parties are on the rise across Europe, and Sweden is no exception. The far-right and populist Sverigedemokraterna (the Sweden Democrats) now have representatives in both the Swedish and European parliaments, and their popularity shows no signs of waning as September's general election fast approaches.

Election 2014: why Willy Wonka shouldn't win - Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

As the elections in New Zealand approach, the anarchist Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement give a brief rundown of the different candidates in the running and look at what they do or don't offer for working class people.

To vote or not to vote: should it be a question?

This article looks at the upcoming elections in South Africa on the 7th of May. As part of this, it looks at the dangers of activists promoting parties and electing to vote for one party or another, and how this creates and feeds into illusions in and about the state.

People died for your right, not your obligation

2014 and 2015 are, in a row, two big years for electoralism. I'm already fed up with it.

The early IWW, the preamble and the break with political socialism

Thomas J Hagerty

A short article on the IWW, electoral politics, the State and the questions it raises for revolutionaries today.