electoralism

[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.

Zasady socjalizmu (Program Erfurcki)

Zasady socjalizmu (Program Erfurcki)

1907 Polish translation of The Class Struggle (The Erfurt Program) (1892)
Zasady socjalizmu (Program Erfurcki)

The Class Struggle (Erfurt Program) Daniel De Leon translation

The Class Struggle (Erfurt Program) Daniel De Leon translation

We disagree with their electoralism but reproduce this text for reference.

The Class Struggle (Erfurt Program) 1892 Karl Kautsky.
1894 English translation by Daniel De Leon published by The People.
Semi-official commentary on the program adopted at Erfurt between 1891 and 1921 of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

The Class Struggle (Erfurt Program)

The Class Struggle (Erfurt Program) 1910

We disagree with their electoralism but reproduce this text for reference.

The Class Struggle (Erfurt Program) 1892 Karl Kautsky 1910 English translation by William Bohn published by Charles H. Kerr. Semi-official commentary on the program adopted at Erfurt between 1891 and 1921 of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

Canvassing is not organizing

Ray Valentine argues that the skills built in canvassing for an electoral candidate do not translate to organizing workplaces or tenants. This article first appeared on Organizing Work.

Making Asses of Ourselves

Jean-Carl Elliott reflects on the electoral approach to worker power, using the Fight for $15 and One Fair Wage campaigns as examples. This article was first published by Organizing Work.

Crisis and Mobilisation in the UK

A proposition for how Marxists, communists and anarchists could, or perhaps should, consider the challenge of building dual-power, and counter-institutions in the UK. - reposted on request of the author from https://medium.com/@aralkosig/crisis-and-mobilisation-in-the-uk-a51ebe57b39c

Teacher Strikes Show Social Movements the Way Forward

Michael Reagan of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation on the lessons that can be learned from the current wave of education workers' struggles in the US.

The Electoral Trap

An article published on October 2017 in the first issue of 'Intransigence', a collaborative effort between the Workers' Offensive group in Miami and other internationalist communists in the United States. This article argues for principled abstentionism, or non-participation in bourgeois elections, citing their harmful role of integrating workers as willful participants in the capitalist order.