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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Ann Narkeh Media’s 2017, so far. [PRAXIS]

Massive thanks to everybody in this ever decreasing filter bubble who’s still seeing and helping to share my stuff. Special yuuuge thanks to the four lovely people who have also kindly contributed £77 towards my doings this year.

Knowing that kind folks appreciate my stuff and have my back keeps me strong with the force. Thankyou all so much. 🙂

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I’ve sadly failed some of my Radical Resolutions for this year already. Still smoking. Such is life. Given myself to the end of this year to wean myself off fags and finally pack it in. I also failed to keep up with my commitment to producing weekly damage reports. Sorry. They took ages to put together and hardly anybody was seeing them.

I’ve been reflecting on the last period of creative activity and have arrived at some conclusions.

  1. My stuff is only reaching people if I spend time aggressively ‘Marketing and Distributing’ it. Endlessly reposting, retweeting , scheduling posts, messaging people who might be interested, directly ASKING them to help share stuff, tagging people etc…
  2. ‘Marketing and Distributing’  is compromising time which would be better spent creating new things (and if it’s not already annoying people, it will start to).
  3. I’ve over done it and am exhausted.

January has been Ann Narkeh Media‘s most productive month so far. I created an average of one new thing each day in January. praxis

I’m going to give myself a little break now, to develop new theories and strategies before getting stuck back in.

PRAXIS makes perfect…

‘Normal’ Service Will be Resumed ASAP.

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