The Case for Strategic Voting in Elections
By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org

Vote‬ defensively. Vote offensively. Vote when there is someone worth voting for. Vote locally where we have more agency over the outcomes. Reject the ideology of our oppressors. Not voting says nothing to the ruling elite. It doesn't threaten their legitimacy. They don't care if you don't vote. They don't care if 90% of us don't vote. 50% already don't. And that's exactly what they want.

Meanwhile, Republicans run candidates, organize, get them into office, and get their base to vote, and they get the government that they worked for. They make the rules. They pass the bills in the state houses. They obstruct in the congress. They elect activist republican judges to the judicial branch. Government makes a difference for them. It works great for them. They own this country because they have seized the levers of government for themselves. Brownback has done untold damage to Kansas. The lack of any serious challenge from the left has made a difference to how Kansas has been run into the ground due to his actions and the actions of the reps that run the state from city councils to county commissioners to the state house.

Meanwhile, the left in large swathes believes voting is idiotic and abstains from the realms of politics altogether, then questions why the government doesn't work so well for them.

I'm not saying the Democrats that run for office aren't a part of the problem. My point is that, we, as the public, who are more progressive, don't engage. All the good progressive folks that aren't centrist right-leaning Dems don't believe in running for offices of government. The majority of progressive people don't want to get involved in local politics. And that's where things stand today.

But maybe with the Sanders revolution, we can turn this shit show around. We need to get real progressives in every local position of government from the bottom up. If Republicans can make government work for them, I'm pretty damn well sure we can make it work for us. We just need to start doing what they do, and that starts with ending this debilitating allergy to political engagement.

 

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Here are six articles that make the case for strategic voting in elections (deployed in tandem with direct action, horizontal organization and other forms of activism):


One Example of How the Left Has Internalized the Ideology of Their Oppressors
Tim Hjersted · "Ideological hegemony is the process by which the exploited come to view the world through a conceptual framework provided to them by their exploiters." - Kevin A. Carson
The Anarchist Argument For Voting In Elections
Paddy Vipond · As another election season approaches, we are faced with the age old anarchist dilemma: To vote or not to vote. I do not expect this article to answer this question once and...
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Tim Hjersted · People can say with conviction and confidence that voting will never make a difference - but it's still a belief, and possibly one that may be too ideological for our own good...
Why I'm Supporting Bernie Sanders in the Primaries, but Am Endorsing the Movement
Tim Hjersted · And why the 'vote / don't vote' debate has been one of the greatest strategic disasters of our time.
Why Not Voting Is Such a Pitifully Ineffective Form of Protest
Thomas G. Clark · Of the most commonly recurring themes that keeps popping up in the comments sections beneath my work is the "if only everyone stopped voting ..." type is probably the most...
Organize or Die: Never in the History of the World Has an Election Destroyed a System of Oppression
Jean Allen and Frank Castro · Vote or Die. That's the dichotomy rap mogul P. Diddy popularized back in 2006 in an effort to marshal the nation's youth to the ballot box on election day. Fast forward two...

 

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The Case for Strategic Voting in Elections