Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Voting versus Electoralism


I’m an anarchist and I vote — within collective projects, occupations (the good kind), neighborhood assemblies, and other directly democratic face-to-face structures, wherever and whenever I find them. Such voting is miles apart, conceptually and systemically, from electoralism and how much it distracts from the real work of us remaking society.

So as some of us anarchists tried to encourage a few presidential election cycles ago, “Don’t Just (Not) Vote.” It’s what we do 24/7, 365 days of the year (minus a few minutes in a voting booth, for those so inclined) via our own self-organization that matters, that might, with collective strength and decision making, actually get at the root causes of all that ails our world and, simultaneously prefigure better versions of social and ecological relations.

Land! Freedom! Dignity!

(And if you’re also so inclined, here’s a short read about “Democracy Is Direct” that I wrote in the long ago days of the anticapitalist movement of the early 2000s. I would substantially revise it today, but its main message would remain the same: let’s decide our lives, together, for ourselves. https://cbmilstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/democracy-is-direct/.)

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This entry was posted on November 4, 2014 by in Dispatches from Rebellious Spaces.
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