One can only be made sick by all the bargaining that takes place between political parties so that the party leaders can find the “right” people. Those, that is, those that will become their pawns at the next municipal elections. Of course, the subservient party members still ruminate the same rotten mottoes about “social consent” and “common good”, calling upon all of us to follow them like obedient sheep and vote for them.
But follow them where? To the destruction of every form of human freedom and communication? To the absurd logic of the exploitation of man by man? To the hundreds of evident but also undisclosed scandals (stock market, the State’s Department of Land, “bribes”, “illegal” permissions)? There where power and capital, close accomplices as always, devour the savings and incomes of the proletarians? Or shall we conform to their “pro-popular” politics, when with various pretexts (European Union, road safety) they vote for laws that go from increases in fines to the pathetic law regarding the Patients Card (which has turned public hospitals into private clinics)? Despite continuing problems (damaged roads, traffic problems, lack of meeting spaces for civilians, buildings inaccessible to people with special needs, etc.) and the inability on the part of “experts” to solve them, the parade of ridiculous and ambitious candidates in the media continues on a daily basis.
But what are elections, really, and what is their true role? They are the means that the State uses to succeed in the total subjugation of its citizens, with as little reaction from them as possible. Their role is to create, through the concession of superficial freedom, the impression that with one’s vote, one actively participates in the shaping of one’s life and true needs. By dragging people to the polls by a law which they themselves actually created, they ask of people to elect their next rulers and suppressors. They offer various pitiful choices, which are no different in colour (red or blue) or in where they place themselves (right or left). In any case, all rulers share the same goals: the perpetuation of the lack of human freedom and the suppression of every social revolt. Thus they keep people drowsed and separated. They use as a pretext various oppositions between political parties (which are, however, imaginary) which are duly suppressed when there is a call for interest. At the same time, we become witnesses to sickening collaborations between political parties that take place so bluntly, without even the “necessary” hypocritical appearance that they have got us used to. And as for the supposed rebels and “independent” candidates who proclaim that they look out for the common benefit, outside of party procedures, it’s not even worth the effort to bother with them, since they themselves revoke their own proclamations.
As far as municipal elections are concerned and specifically local self-government, their role is multi-faceted and much darker than that of other processes. They constitute another invention of the Statists, which ensures the possibility of greater control and direct access to society’s internal mechanisms. Because unarguably, mayors and members of the municipal council, too, even though seemingly closer to the people, also execute State orders. And, as anyone can realise, everyone works according to the orders of the capital, adjusting their programmes not to the common good, but to the best possible service of every suppressive creep. If, anyhow, things were any different, then cities would have a different face and not that of boredom and monotony which contributes to the suffocation of every creative feeling – a feeling that can, however still be developed inside us, if only we ourselves keep ourselves truly free. For, despite the efforts being made, nobody can control the thoughts and feelings of an acute person.
We as anarchists and as fighting people, prompt everyone to an electoral sabotage, thus maintaining an attitude of personal dignity. So let us show to the autocrats of our lives that we are not weak-willed, but that we are fighting for a better world, for a society without States and dominators.
INVALID – ABSTENTION