Voting, Protest or Direct Action Alone Don’t Change Anything. We Need Them ALL AT ONCE. [PRAXIS, Blog]

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After much soul searching, I’m going to vote for the first time ever this Thursday.

Since holding my nose to register and receiving my polling card, I’ve arrived at a few personal realisations about the spectrum of activism I now find myself occupying.

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For a long time, I’ve understood that voting versus protest versus direct action are all false paradoxes. Voting and protesting are appeals to power (or demands from it), while direct action takes power back. Clearly, none of these forms are by any means mutually exclusive from each other. In fact, separated from each other they are all extremely limited methods of influencing change.

What I’ve come to realise is that the limitations of all these forms might only be overcome by practising them all at once.

People have argued this case with me forever, but I could never abide our hopelessly corrupt electoral system. They were frustrated by my unwillingness to participate in elections and I was frustrated by their willingness to follow a narrative controlled by the establishment.OS_DEMOCKRACY

I could never accept party politics because it never seemed like a feasible way of influencing actual change before. Parliament is (was?) too corrupt – tightly controlled by crude but effective hypnotists, (‘spin doctors’) on behalf of greedy, opportunistic psychopaths (‘masters of the universe’).

It’s terrifying that the kind of changes a Corbyn Government promise only seem possible now because they are so desperately overdue

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The sorts of changes we need to mitigate the effects of the various converging catastrophes around the world are monumental. I’ve been earnestly, relentlessly campaigning for these sorts of changes for a decade and a half now.

For a long time I signed petitions and protested, marching from point A to point B, but eventually I stopped wasting my time. Power either ignored, marginalised or suppressed all these forms. It felt like direct action was the only game in town if you really wanted to influence positive change.

I came to see parliamentary democracy as beneath my contempt. An elaborate spectacle to distract, divide and disempower us all.

So, instead of writing letters and occasionally ticking a cross in a box, I focused all my efforts on supporting small and increasingly large scale grassroots movements and direct action groups. (including campaigns to reclaim, unlock or otherwise Occupy Democracy).

Without fully realising it, I have been enduring the cognitive dissonance of campaigning outside the system for systemic changes. My only involvement in party politics has been cheering the few heroic exceptions and booing the many villains. Almost meaningless (except for the lulz…).

 

Unless we all actually negotiate with power, we can’t achieve the scale of change that’s necessary in time. (It’s already too late).

Until very recently, it felt like we were fighting an inexorable descent into unimaginably horrific dystopia. Then, from out of nowhere, Corbz has somehow managed to turn things around.

Where just a few years ago, our hopes and dreams were branded either naive utopianism or dangerous Thought Crime – they are now considered respectable, realistic and necessary.

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Reconsidering Voting and Democracy. [PRAXIS]

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Followers of this blog will be familiar with my longstanding position on fake democracy. I actively campaign for a real democracy but I’ve never registered to vote; ‘I don’t negotiate with terrorists’. ‘I refuse to legitimise a rigged game’. ‘Don’t vote it only encourages them’. ‘Whoever wins, we’ll still get corporate governance’,…(and other snidey one-liners).

I believe real democracy should be practised daily with our families, friends and the communities we share. If parliament conducted itself with the actual democratic rigour and discipline that most occupations, squats and protest camps do, it would be in a much better state than it currently is.

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Each time the electioneering machine starts up, I stand on the sidelines terrified by the effect it has on everybody, voters and non-voters alike. It’s horrible. You can’t just turn it off, because it effects (infects) everybody. We’re all supposed to have black and white  opinions on things which aren’t black and white and which otherwise wouldn’t interest us in the slightest…we’re supposed to pick a ‘leader’ and a ‘party’…(or snipe and heckle from the sidelines…)

I have expressed my cynicism about the state of electoral politics in this blog and elsewhere ad nauseum.

I’ve also discussed the paradox of the ‘diamonds in the rough’. Principled politicians who actually speak truth to power, offering us hope for a better world. Idealists, in an environment where we must hesitate before using the word ‘idealist’, or ‘idealism’. When did ‘idealism’ become an insult? Idealism should be a virtue but it is generally conflated with naivety….why?

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I’m only voting Labour because the Green Party asked me to

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I’m still deeply uncomfortable about participating in this coming General Election. I like Corbyn a lot, but Liebore are infested with backstabbing Blairite scumbags. Such a shame we don’t have a real democracy. ‘Voting’ is a massively overrated means of influencing change. Your daily life choices and spending habits carry far more weight than participating in Wastemonster’s BS pantomime…

Still, I fully respect the Greens so here’s some memes wot I made…

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Square (Profile pic):

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Fedbook Banner:

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A4 window poster (Colour):

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A4 window poster (Black and White):

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#GE2017: VOTE TORY – Campaign Video 2 [Post Satire]

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There now follows a partly satirical broadcast from the Tories.

Here’s the first Vote Tory campaign video by Ann Narkeh.

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Elephant in the Room [Post Satire]

Now with added Angry Band.

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BREXSHIT PANTOMEME #4 CONTEMPT

Theresa May’s clown costume represents her utter contempt for all of us proles.

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Having received some criticism on fedbook for this meme, I’ve started this poll on twitter. Is it sexist to point out that Theresa May wore a clown costume to deliver her speech?

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BREXSHIT neverendum is a FARCE [The Occupied Sun]

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While The World Burns:

BREXSHIT neverendum is a FARCE

They want us;

  • Confused

  • Divided &

  • Distracted…

By a Neverending Mass Debate

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Some say #BREXIT, Some Say #BREXSHIT, Some say #HOPEnotHate

The Occupied Sun Says:

On one level, Hatey Kopkins and that racist bloke are just pantomime court jesters. On another level, they’re hate magnets; lightning rods channelling society’s primal fears into hatred.

The few people who buy into their rhetoric hate; migrants, refugees, LGBTQ peeps and ‘foreigners’ while almost everybody else in our interconnected global society hates them and their brainwashed followers

As I write this, I’m struggling not to hate them myself, but I know that this hatred is distracting me (and everybody) from focusing on the systemic problems and solutions. And I know that there is no ‘them’ – everything is connected, we are all one.

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