TOTW: On democracy, electoral politics, and voting
Like so many anarchists, perhaps your brain has begun to hurt and your to stomach churn when you hear yet another conversation about the USA presidential election, or talk of any election or democracy for that matter. With the election a little more than two weeks away perhaps now is a good time to pause and reflect on our anarchist analysis of democracy, electoral politics, and our actions leading up to and beyond this election cycle.
The anarchist critique of democracy has been quite popular over the years including numerous discussions, debates, and essays. Anarchists have made and continue to make solid critiques of democracy, electoral politics, and statecraft. Most recently CrimethInc. created an online and offline discussion group(s) to further examine the ideas behind anarchism and democracy. While the discussion has been somewhat slow (online) recently, we’d like to dissect some of the questions and post some others here.
How can we use the word “democracy” to inform our conversations around our use of language? What examples from your local experience illustrate the difference between anarchistic and democratic models for decision-making and action? In what ways are your personal relationships democratic? In what ways are they anarchistic? How do we make our anarchistic values more comprehensible and convincing than democratic principals? What are your favorite (or least favorite) anarchist critiques of democracy?
What happens after the election? What will the future of anarchist ideas and actions look like under Trump or Clinton? Does it matter for anarchists who wins?
And finally, this may seem absurd to many who read this site, but are you voting? If so, why and for who?