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(en) US, Noam Chomsky Turning the Tide

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://blog.zmag.org/ttt/archives/000026.html)
Date Tue, 30 Mar 2004 12:30:39 +0200 (CEST)


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Contributor note: Boycotting election is not just refusing to take sides between
two or more evils - it is a bold demonstration against apitalist
democracy. Participation in election is not ´just choosing the lesser evil´
it is also a vote of support for the ´apitalist democracy´.
Opposing the boycoting of election is like suggesting to cross a picket line.
Ilan
Turning the Tide - copied from The official weblog of Noam Chomsky,
http://blog.zmag.org/ttt/archives/000026.html#more

We have several choices to make. The first is whether we want to pay
attention to the real world, or prefer to keep to abstract discussions
suitable to some seminar. Suppose we adopt the first alternative. Then
there is another choice: electing Bush or seeking to prevent his election.

Naturally, Bush has an overwhelming funding advantage, thanks to the
extraordinary gifts he lavishes on the super-rich and the corporate
sector generally and his stellar record in demolishing the progressive
legislation that has resulted from intense popular struggle over many
years. Since US elections are pretty much bought, he will therefore win,
unless there is a very powerful popular mobilization to overcome these
enormous and usually decisive advantages. That leaves us with a
choice: help elect Bush, or do something to try to prevent it.

It's a matter of judgment, of course, but mine is that those who favor
electing Bush are making a very serious error. The people around him
are likely to cause very serious, perhaps irreparable, harm if given
another mandate. Activist movements, if at all serious, pay virtually no
attention to which faction of the business party is in office, but continue
with their daily work, from which elections are a diversion -- which we
cannot ignore, any more than we can ignore the sun rising; they exist.

There are also tactical questions. Those who prefer to ignore the real
world are also undermining any hope of reaching any popular
constituency. Few are likely to pay attention to someone who
approaches them by saying, loud and clear: "I don't care whether you
have a slightly better chance to receive health care or to support your
elderly mother; or whether there will be a physical environment in
which your children might have a decent life; or a world in which
children may escape destruction as a result of the violence that is
inspired by the Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz-Cheney-etc. crowd, which could
become extreme; and on, and on. Repeat: "slightly better." That matters
to sensible people, surely the great mass of people who are the potential
victims. So those who prefer to ignore the real world are also saying:
"please ignore me." And they will achieve that result.


Posted by Noam Chomsky at March 25, 2004 10:40 AM
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