elections

[VIDEO] Voting & Electoralism: Steelman Debates Steelman

This video is a debate between two fictional characters: One in favor of voting and electoralism, the other bitterly opposed.

https://youtu.be/Mv7naNWfZ4A

My personal opinion is I don’t have a problem with voting but believe that electoralism is harmful. Regardless of whether or not you vote, we should focus on building a mass-movement to win reforms by our own actions and build our capacity for revolution.

This video was published two weeks before the 2020 U.S. election and uses it as an example. However, the issues discussed and arguments made can generally apply to any “democratic” country in any year.

Chomsky Promoting Bumper Sticker History

Chomsky uses misconceptions about the history of German radicalism to argue for lesser evil voting.

The US Election is Over: The Capitalist Nightmare Continues!

With the election of Biden to the post of “leader” of the so-called “free world”, many are celebrating. The US ruling class are, of course, delighted to see the back of Trump whom they accuse of having made a complete mess of protecting US interests. The embarrassment of the previous four years can now be swept under the carpet and business as usual can recommence.

The Election is Over: The Capitalist Class has Won

Statement from the Internationalist Workers' Group, affiliate of the ICT in the USA.

Preparing for Electoral Unrest and a Right-Wing Power Grab: An Analysis - Peter Gelderloos

In the following analysis, Peter Gelderloos explores the motivations and capabilities of the various factions that are likely to participate in the forthcoming conflict over the outcome of the 2020 election, describes how this figures in right-wing efforts to establish a revamped white supremacy in the context of the existing democratic system, and reviews what we can hope to accomplish by resisting. This article was first published by Crimethinc.

How did the Belarusians come to rebellion against the dictatorship

People infrint of police forces in city of Minsk capital of Belarus

If you had asked people in Belarus how long the dictatorship of Lukashenko was left in early 2020, they would have looked at you like a fool. In a respected dictatorship, such questions are not asked, because you know what can happen. And in general, it so happens that the reign of the great leader is timeless. But the situation has changed so radically over the last 8 months that Belarusians took to the streets and for the first time in the new history of Belarus they fought back the police in at least 33 different cities of the country.

Winds of Change in Belarus: Neither Dictatorship Nor Democracy Offer Anything for the Working Class

The onus lies on the workers of Belarus to seek their own solution outside of the futile battle to refurbish the shabby window dressing of democracy.

Why We Don’t Vote - Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

In September 2020 Aotearoa will experience a General Election. This article by Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) puts an Anarchist case against voting in such events.

Poland: Populism Strikes Back

The seventh democratic presidential elections in Poland since 1990 have ended on 12 July 2020. Official statistics show the highest ever turnout, with a record-breaking 68.18% of the entitled electorate choosing to cast a vote in the second round.

Some Reasons To Not Necessarily Care About Election Cycles