if anyone reads this, im not looking to start a battle.
but I hate politics and voting. pssht to that.
I have to deal with politics (legislation, politicians and such) in my job, mostly because politics work to smooth the exploitation of animals animals and I try to stop that from happening.
I agree that politics and voting aren't the answer. People think it is different on the local level, but community officials are just as corrupt as the people on Capitol Hill.
The system is messed up. In 2000, I organized a Green Coalition on my university campus and actually pulled a large number of people out to vote for Nader. I thought the election year would be a good tool to get people interested in important issues. I knew Nader wouldn't win, but that wasn't the point. The point was to get people interested in making change beyond the ballot box.
Don't get me wrong, I think Nader has a lot of integrity, but the focus on reforming the electoral system misses the point. I always made a point that I had organized the Campus Green Coalition based on direct action, but I found that few people where interested in doing things directly. That's the problem with voting and politics. (Many of the people that joined the coalition actually didn't take it seriously and only supported it because it was a Republican state. At an election party they were all pulling for Gore to win.)
I find that the party system of organizing is corrupt, and it diverts all energy to the electoral process. And if the Green Party was corrupt, you can bet the others are also corrupt. This was more evident in the "anybody but Bush" election. Everyone was directed away from good direct action work to campaigning for a "lesser evil."
People become disempowered. They vote for people to think and act for them. The whole system is a form of hegemonic control, where by people buy into there own oppression. People complain about the election being stolen, but every election usurps our ability to make real change in the world.
Goldman was right. Don't buy into the system.