Rally Against the Electoral Farce

<table><tr><td>WHEN: Starts at 5 PM Saturday, October 13th (the first anniversary of Occupy Chapel Hill)

WHERE: Peace and Justice Plaza, Chapel Hill, NC

WHO:
Anyone who wants to change their world directly, instead of through the narrow choices and occasional elections of democracy
Anyone who doesn't trust another batch of politicians to fix the mess that the last batch of politicians started
Anyone let down by Obama's false hope
Anyone sick of choosing a "lesser" evil
Anyone who knows politicians just serve the rich</td><td><img title="direct. rally. direct. rally." src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/purplewizard.jpg"></td></tr...

WHY:
The November election is coming. It doesn't matter. The amount of issues Obama and Romney differ on is nothing compared to what they agree on: unparalleled military domination; a growing prison system, the largest in the world, whose racist policies maintain the white supremacy this country was founded on; earth destroying resource extraction; a capitalist economy that rewards ruthless competition without concern for human cost. Under Bush, the nascent Obama generation could imagine that a new personality in the White House could change the problems the last politician piloted us into. And a new politician realized the shifting calculus, promising us false hope and false change. But after the failure of that experiment, we can be sure that the problem isn't personal, it is systemic. No matter who comes along, voting will never get us out from under our rulers.

This country is obsessed with voting to an unhealthy degree. Most people don't even vote, but it seems to be the only way anyone can think of changing their world. But voting is not an expression of our power; it only demonstrates our powerlessness: it is an admission that we can only approach the resources and capabilities of our own society through the mediation of an elite, ruling class. When we let candidates prefabricate options for us, we relinquish control of our world and abdicate our agency in shaping it. Real power can never be delegated, nor lived through anyone else. Real power means individual and collective self-determination--our ability to decide for ourselves how we're going to live every day of our lives--not settling between two unsatisfying and irrelevant choices every four years.

On the one year anniversary of Occupy Chapel Hill, come demonstrate that people power will always be in conflict with with the interests of the ruling class, be they elected or not.

Comments

I'll be there.
-C. Hedges

I'll, um, hold on, let me think, I was trying to make a point, but between that cutie in the first row, and all the pot I smoke, shit, what was I saying, oh, yeah, be there.

- The Crimethinc guy

(We here at Crimethinc know you guys agree with us, and not Mr. Hedges. That's why at the debate, we put up that incoherent babbling white savior figure, instead of a real, articulate individual that can forcefully get a point across through strong, polished, and disciplined rhetorical skill. So what if Mr. Hedges overall seemed more coherent. Does anyone actually listen anyway?)

troll fail

troll fail seconded

go cry troll failbot!

I got a suggestion...how about we start attacking Masonic Lodges and Temples...we should start crashing them mother fuckers up...

Only if you attack Christian/Catholic churches too.

dear snarky rollover person....ever think that "rally" could be a means to an end to get people in one place?

Don't question the rollovers. Their obvious stupidity is only a figment of your imagination. In reality, they are perfectly valid attempts at humor.

It's just that so often it gets people NOWHERE. Especially wen led by liberals posing as anarchists. There are militants out there who are just fed up with this shit, as they've been dong it for years.

im confused why this is controversial, its just a gathering to make some tangible frustration with the elections visible. hardly anything too srious to get worked up about one way or the other.

and im not really sure what you mean by liberals posing as anarchists. thats some nice trollbait or whatever but you prolly actually dont anyone involved, so whatever.

im one of the "militants out there who has been doing this for years," - doing lots of different things actually. im fed up with all kinds of shit, i still try and engage where i can in whatever way i think can be relevant or meaningful. In the lull of post occupy etc, in a lot of smaller towns on the east coast, there arent necessarily a lot of immediate avenues for anarchists to get wild, or contexts therein. There are things that have come out of this town that have been more exciting than this probably will be, to be sure, but there were also many many counter-info type actions and marches that have led up to whatever we have now here, similar to this one. If i could characterize it, it sounds to me like the goal is basically to present a visible and angry critique of democracy, meet some new folks who feel similar, etc. Its relatively low risk and rewarding.... Not sure why that is a bad idea....

on the other hand, youre probably just trolling. in da south sometimes we dont get sarcasm well.

lost

Dear Mr. Bigmouth,

Please tell us more about your plans for the rally.

Love,
CHPD

"Anyone who wants to change their world directly, instead of through the narrow choices and occasional elections of democracy"

Changing their world DIRECTLY... through stupid civilized slogan-chanting rallies? Please Worker, that shit was just too much than I can read! It's so desperately hipster and braindead I can't even argue.

Count us OUT!

Yeah, whoever you are ("us," really?), I trust you won't be missed.

So you will to the people who go to vote!

Wanna shut yourself to critiques from other anarchs? You deserve what you'll get, then.

I just wish that you'll make some use out of this rally, other than just slogans and a few smashed windows.

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