[APR-news] Alternative Press Review - November 2, 2004

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Alternative Press Review - Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream
Tuesday - November 2, 2004

"Voting is not an act of political freedom. It is an act of political
conformity." - Wendy McElroy

"Voting is not an expression of power, but an admission of powerlessness." -
Fred Woodworth

Part-time Anarchists: Voting for Empire
By Jason McQuinn

I won't argue that non-voting in the statist electoral spectacles of late
capitalist empire is any sort of absolute principle of some sort of pure or
genuine anarchist practice. It isn't absolute; it is just a centrally
important, hard-won point of understanding for would-be radicals of any kind
that within modern nation-states the electoral process will almost
inevitably involve a narrow spectrum of choices which most of the time will
directly support capital and state in some form or other. Whatever else it
may mean, in the United States of America in the early 21st Century a vote
for any national or state candidate is a vote for empire.

Anarchists have forgotten their Principles
by Lawrence Jarach

Historically and traditionally, anarchists have held that electoral
politics, parliamentarianism, representative democracy, and all other forms
of government that claim their legitimacy through so-called popular consent,
are a sham. Just as much as a monarchy or a nakedly authoritarian
dictatorship, democratic regimes are based on the implicit threat and the
periodic use of violence in the form of the club, the gun, and the cage. All
governments exist to maintain, reinforce, and extend the property relations
of capitalism, an economic system based on the expropriation and
immiseration of the many (those who must obey) by the few (those who can
order). This inherently hierarchical and brutal system could not continue to
exist without the State, which creates and enforces the exclusive legitimacy
of currency (the medium of exchange) as well as the exclusive legitimacy of
violence (the police and other military formations, as well as institutions
of incarceration).

by Richard Oxman

With the whole country teetering on the brink over the question of "Should I
go with Leonard or John?," I thought I it was time to put in my two cents.
Peltier, out from Big House and into the White House, would honor freedom in
a way that Kerry, co-drafter of the Patriot Act, could...never.

Other articles of interest

Elections Are A Scam

As in every election we're now being bombarded with propaganda about how
"your vote makes a difference" and associated nonsense.  According to the
official version ordinary citizens control the state by voting for
candidates in elections.  The President and other politicians are supposedly
servants of "the people" and the government an instrument of the general
populace.  This version is a myth.  It does not matter who is elected
because the way the system is set up all elected representatives must do
what big business and the state bureaucracy want, not what "the people"
want.  Elected representatives are figureheads.  Politicians' rhetoric may
change depending on who is elected, but they all have to implement the same
policies given the same situation.  Elections are a scam whose function is
to create the illusion that "the people" control the government, not the
elite, and to neutralize resistance movements.  All voting does is
strengthen the state & ruling class, it is not an effective means to change
government policy.

Act Responsibly: Don't Vote!
by Wendy McElroy, LewRockwell.com

It is commonly said, "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about
the outcome." The opposite is true. By playing the game, voters agree to the
rules. Only those who don't play and withhold their consent have a right to
complain about the outcome, especially since the winner will have his hand
in the non-voter's pocket.

The war on Iraq has made moral cowards of us all
Scott Ritter, The Guardian

More than 100,000 Iraqis have died - and where is our shame and rage? The
full scale of the human cost already paid for the war on Iraq is only now
becoming clear. Last week's estimate by investigators, using credible
methodology, that more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians - most of them women and
children - have died since the US-led invasion is a profound moral
indictment of our countries.

US tried to stop Al-Jazeera broadcast

Full transcript of bin Laden's speech

US terrorists take major losses across Iraq

US terrorists prepare mass murder campaign against Fallujah

Kuwait oil output halted by blackout

Nigeria strike call: Oil giant Shell branded an "enemy of the Nigerian

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