Why Voting Is Dumb

Liberal democracy sucks

indi.ca

--

Democracy is just a game of class struggle, and right now the rich have rigged the game and are taking it all

Voting is dumb and Aristotle said so. He said, “all the magistrates should be chosen out of all the people, and all to command each, and each in his turn all: that all the magistrates should be chosen by lot, except to those offices only which required some particular knowledge and skill.” His preferred method was sortition, something closer to jury duty than the periodic anointing of the rich we call elections.

Old Aris continued,

The Athenian ideal of democracy was that every citizen had power. They didn’t delegate it to rich dudes who put their faces on the most vases. The people went to ‘parliament’, they served as magistrates, they had direct power. That’s the idea of democracy. Power to the people.

The common retort when Aristotle is brought up is that ‘they had slaves back then’, as if we don’t. Greek democracy was at least openly awful. We’re just hypocrites. Citizenship is still violently exclusive, look at all the ‘illegal’ people in America that are simultaneously ‘essential’ workers. Millions of people live like this, as wage slaves. As Dimitry Kochenov says in his book Citizenship, “citizenship is a very effective abstract legal tool to justify essentially random violence, humiliation, and exclusion.”

Democracy is just a set of rules for playing the game of class struggle. That’s all it is. Rich people have rigged the game so that we stage a big bribery festival every four years, anoint one or another rich guy, and call it a democracy. It’s a farce. To paraphrase Aristotle, voting is fucking dumb.

What Does Voting Get You?

Just look around. Elections in the US cost billions of dollars. Roles as ‘high magistrates’ (committee chairs) are openly bought and sold, while representatives openly take bribes (donations) and insider trade stocks. It’s a farce. As Tom Ferguson wrote in 2011:

--

--

indi.ca

Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at www.indi.ca, or just email me at indi@indi.ca.