Democracy for the People by the State
As the media fueled spectacle of election season heats up, many are experiencing a serious case of déjà-vu. Let us start with that upset that took place in Iowa, Donald Trump losing to Ted Cruz in this year’s caucuses, with presumptive showing Hillary Clinton in a deadlock with Bernie Sanders.
Once again we find ourselves engaging in the same stupid debates with liberals, so-called “progressives” and other fair-weather radicals about the pitfalls of electoral politics all while being talked down to as though we’re just naive contrarian ideologues, who don’t know what we’re talking about.
Looking back at a historical perspective you will better understand what I mean;
1977: Jimmy Carter – U.S. backs military rulers of El Salvador. 70.000 Salvadorans and four American nuns killed.
1991: Bill Clinton to present: American planes bomb Iraq on a weekly basis. U.N. estimates 500,000 Iraqi children die from bombing and sanctions.
2006 – 2009: 746 people killed in drone strikes – at least 147 civilians of which 94 are children.
Once politicians get into office they inevitably reveal themselves to be the minions they truly are.
When the money’s coming your way you don’t ask any questions.
However, rather than learn their lesson, the cheerleaders of revolution by the ballot box always manage to find a new leftist rock star to root for,
I love being a part of this says Bernie supporter. This is what it’s all about… the political revolution.
It’s a trap
And the whole cycle begins again.
But that Bernie Sanders was able to tie Clinton… Allow me to break it down for you.
Elections are intentionally designed by the powers that be to channel people’s anger into reinforcing state power. What makes representative democracy such an efficient system of social control is the fact that it is highly dynamic meaning that it allows the state to constantly reinvent itself in order to adjust to changes in the political environment.
Under capitalism, this is generally a euphemism for class war and other associated tensions, such as nationalism, anti-colonial resistance, religious and ethnic sectarianism, and struggles against patriarchy, hetero-sexism and white supremacy.
Basically representative democracy works like a complex system of pressure valves. When one is popping off calling an election is often the easiest and most effective way of chilling people out.
Often, those in power will just roll out a shiny new puppet, or pick a leader from the social movements who can be counted on to do their dirt.
This new puppet can then claim that if elected they will use political power to fight on behalf of the people in the street.
I will introduce legislation that will make every public college and public university tuition free.
There is something so familiar about this.
This moves struggles out of the real world and into the realm of electoral politics, which can be more easily managed by corporate and state media outlets, PR firms, and greasy campaign managers.
“But, aside from the campaign themes I want to address some of my long-term plans”! Yes, I’m sure they’re great… but they are not important. See, my job is to get you in. Once you’re there, you do whatever your conscience tells you to do”.
Elections give people the illusion of control over the direction of society. Because I’m voting for pizza too!
When in fact, the whole system is rigged, the B2 bomber has a piece of it made in 48 out of 50 states to make sure that if you ever tried to phase that project out you will get howls from among the most liberal members of congress.
No matter who wins an election the real winner is the state. And individual states exist within the incredibly powerful and all consuming matrix of globalized laissez faire economics.
The United States is the world leader in running this con… which shouldn’t be a surprise, since we invented it.
Despite our politicians constantly preaching democracy abroad state institutions are always ready to intervene anywhere in the world to make sure that said democracy doesn’t threaten the interests of the multinational corporations who fund their campaigns.
1982: U.S provides billions in aid to Saddam Hussein for weapons to kill Iranians.
1983: White House secretly gives Iran weapons to kill Iraqis.
1989: CIA agent Manuel Noriega (also serving as president of Panama) disobeys orders from Washington. U.S. invades Panama and removes Noriega, 3,000 Panamanian civilian casualties.
1990: Iraq invades Kuwait with weapons from U.S.
1991: U.S. enters Iraq. Bush reinstates dictator of Kuwait.
Gangsta capitalists use their political pets to launch wars, trade embargoes, assassinations, and coup d’états abroad and yet people still cling to the belief these same evil fucks will ever allow their control over the state apparatus that they use to maintain their domination to be challenged by something as random as a vote?
Who’s fucking naive now?
HOWEVER, enter the Donald. Is he for real? Pray that he is and maybe, just maybe things will change.
A word of warning to the real Mr. Trump, bring your own Praetorian guard lest the Secret Service pull a JFK on you.
Oh, and as an afterthought, consider Palin for VP…
Dedicated to my friends Don Papi and Jim Tonic