Regarding the debate on whether and how to participate in the US presidential election, I think Michael, Vincent, and Bill outline the different strategies very well. However, there is one issue that seems to me to be in danger of being forgotten. That is, the whole discussion – except perhaps the abstain argument – tends to appear to assume that the US is actually a democratic country, at least to some extent. In other words, the different arguments appear to assume that our participation in the electoral system could actually make a real difference. What I would argue is that although it might make strategic sense to get involved in an electoral process here or there in one way or the other, we really should put a lot more effort in democratizing the US political system itself. We need to completely counter the two types of common sense that seem to prevail, that either: the US is a fully functional democracy or that is not fully democratic but that one cannot do anything about it except to game the system here or there (by voting strategically).
ZNetwork is funded solely through the generosity of its readers.Donate