This is an article I originally got off of infoshop.org, which is about some banner drops, and the letter by those who dropped the banners expresses quite clearly an anarchist stance against voting and elections. The banner drops in Milwaukee by some anarchists reveal how anarchists are already thinking about the elections as well as the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
More Banner Drops Against the Upcoming Presidential Elections
some milwaukee anarchists, 17.01.2008 15:40
On the morning of Thursday January the 17th three banners with messages reading “whoever wins we lose”, “9-1-08, St. Paul, It’s on!” and “let the end come: 9-1-08” were dropped on the East Side and in the downtown area of Milwaukee encouraging an anti-political perspective regarding the upcoming presidential elections.
Why not vote, you ask?
Some short answers:
1) The relationship and tension of our lives being out of our control is perpetuated through voting and the idea that other people are more qualified to order them (in all areas of life). It validates our continued domination, being only qualified to reproduce it, to ask for that which imposes itself upon us.
2) Voting is inherently reformist. No meaningful change can ever come about through it. It looks as if we might be able to change some things of insignificance, but only on the terms and within the parameters of what makes voting possible. It encourages that we look at details and never the whole of our social relationships. We could never vote to end the relationship we have between us and the infrastructure that counts the votes. We could never vote to end capitalism, the state, institutions of domination, etc. “If voting changed anything it would be illegal” a wise woman once said.
3) Voting takes the place of direct participation in the ordering of our lives as it creates meaning out of meaningless choices, preserving the illusion of individual agency where there is none to be found in the difference between options that present almost identical minor alterations to the misery of society (an in so doing recuperates the desires of exploited and oppressed people into a form that can be managed and controlled by those most responsible for exploitation).
Here it is spelt out a little more clearly. A gun has been held to our heads since birth and all the say we are allowed to have on the matter regards the color of the bullet. Whether it resembles an elephant, a donkey, or anything at all does not matter in the least. And you wonder why we are far from interested in dialog. Dialog would only ever exist as a means to blur our chains, to confuse and muddle the reality of our relationship. We know full well that the slave closest to the master depends on and develops the most affinity toward them. Servitude becomes their world and meaning in life.
We are only interested in one thing regarding your parasitic relationship with us. Ending it as soon as possible.
Eight months remain until the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention and you would do well to expect resistance. Everyone can smell the shit you peddle, they’ve just forgotten how to act and some are starting to remember. Your end will come.
some milwaukee anarchists