"Just a reminder that not voting causes even more harm to the already marginalized people of your country."
Submitted by BlackFlagged in Anarchism
Just a reminder that this is liberal propaganda. Your vote is meaningless. Worse, it actively harms your community by misleading them into thinking you can vote for change. You can't.
That's why Exarcheia's anarchists burned the ballot boxes the last go round in Greece. The leftists that were in power did nothing but harm to the people, and the rightists that replaced them did nothing but harm to the people. They each take turns on the political merry-go-round making the people they rule grow more and more impoverished.
There is no state apparatus that works for the people. The state is not on your side and it will never be on your side. Every politician whispering sweet promises into your ear will become thoroughly corrupted the moment they take power. No ruler is capable of serving your interests, only you can serve your interests.
No person that tells you to vote for a ruler to help your community or marginalized people is an anarchist. They either have no understanding of the nature of power and of the machinations of the state, or worse, are shills for the state and its monopoly on violence - Violence used to crush the marginalized people these shills claim a "good" ruler will serve when again and again every ruler that was ever elected throws us off a bridge and leaves us for dead.
All arms of the state, left and right, serve the same masters. The state functions by building divisions between people to convince them that they have choices. That they can control the direction of their society by picking a ruler.
There is no choice. The state's only interest is to accumulate power for itself. It has no interest in harm reduction. It has no interest in making your life any better. It has no interest in giving up even a modicum of its control over you. It wants more police, more prisons, more suffering for anyone that fails to conform to the state's demands.
Do not believe the empty platitudes of shameless electioneers.
Reject "anarchists" that claim rulers will work for you.
Between the Neoliberal Democrats and the increasingly openly fascist Republicans, I'm not entirely sure if that talking point is even remotely true. Assuming that every individual vote does matter (it doesn't); gerrymandering, voter suppression, and other means of manipulating the electoral system exist and the only solution that these people can put together is to waste time attempting to reform a broken system by using the broken system. I find it interesting that this talking point discusses the conditions of marginalized people of my country; I'm pretty sure anyone I vote for has no problem with brutalizing the same people that these electoralists claim to want to protect; whether it's through drone strikes overseas or domestically through police brutality.