I'm not saying you have to vote, and I'm not saying you have to like it. I AM saying we have to understand that voting is, completely unsurprisingly, seen as a useful political tool by many. And if we want to build the necessary networks to create extragovernmental power, we have to do it with people who vote.
When we speak to voters and potential voters with contempt, at best we are pushing away politically marginalised folks who are necessary for building parallel power structures to the state, At worst, we are putting forward the image of some kind of leftist equivalent to blackpill.
It's useful to discuss the failings of electoralism. It's useful to discuss labour organising. It's useful to discuss civil disobedience and direct action. But like it or not, elections are perceived as the biggest political engine in the world.
A reminder for anti-electoralist anarchists - it's fine to pursue building power outside of the voting booth. In fact, it's necessary if we want to build a strong and stable extragovernmental network of power. However, deriding other leftists or otherwise disenfranchised folks for engaging in in their communities through voting is dogshit politics.
Quite often, burning a trashcan is considered violent but evicting someone from their home is not. Signing a policy into action that will leave millions without healthcare is not considered violent. Poisoning drinking water is not considered violent. But resisting those things is.
What is ‘violent’ is always defined in favor of those in power and in favor of the status quo. Maintaining the status quo is rarely seen as violent, challenging is almost always is.
A thing to understand about those that oppose ‘non-violence’ is that it isn’t an opposition to acts that do not involve ‘violence’. The opposition is against activism that rules out ‘violence’.
And one of the reasons (besides things like 'we have every right to fight back’ and ‘nonviolence is an ideology that holds us down and protects the state’) that we oppose ‘non-violence’ is because that ‘violent’ is a term that can be warped to mean anything you want.
Lots of new ideas on how to generate more interesting fronds and petals (solid color shapes on a layer beneath) but my brain doesn't have anything left at the end of the work day. So I just opened it up, refamiliarized myself with the code, and generated a few ones I thought looked nice.
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