[Marxism] Stupid Elections

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Thu Nov 4 11:13:48 MST 2004

How can so many people manage to fume about Ubu's "majority"
of "votes" without ever mentioning the word DIEBOLD?  This
really, really stupid election was even phonier than the 2000
farce.  To the loss and regret of all of us, Those Who Decide
chose not to dump UbuPOTUS. Why?  Are the deciding members
of the US capitalist class so weakminded that they caved in
to their most stupid and piratical faction?  Is their economic
situation so fuckedup that even the trivial "progressivist"
concessions to be expected from a Dumbocrat president
have become unaffordable?  Are they so committed to
unending military adventures that a draft and the fascistic
repression necessary to enforce it cannot be entrusted to
a "Liberal" administration?  Has it been decided that real
elections (ie. bougeois democracy) "have lived" (Cicero)
and that henceforth only dieboldized virtual plebiscites
are to be permitted?  History will give the bad word.

As to the pathetic campaign put on by the Party of Craven
Capitulation (I mean the Dumbocrats--the Republicons are
the Party of Malignant Stupidity), the only question is
whether Kerry intended from the beginning to throw it
to his fratbrother or whether someone persuaded him
that the fix was in *his* favor?   But really, how could
anyone have imagined that this Designated Loser was
really contesting an election when, in the first debate,
he was asked why people should believe he would do as
well as Ubu in a 9/11 situation--and instead of delivering
a knockout punch by starting with "Well, you know, I
couldn't possibly have done worse, and neither could any
of you watching this debate right now"  and going on to
two minutes detailing UbuPOTUS's criminal nonfeasance,
he went straight into a rhetorical clinch about how strong
a leader against "Terrorism" he, Swiftboatveteran JFKerry
was, is, and would always be.  In comparison,
the Max Baer/Primo Carnera bout looks like a model of
honest, vigorous competition.

Shane Mage

"When we read on a printed page the doctrine of Pythagoras that all 
things are made of numbers, it seems mystical, mystifying, even 
downright silly.

When we read on a computer screen the doctrine of Pythagoras that all 
things are made of numbers, it seems self-evidently true."  (N. 

Original message:

>Ulhas asks:
>>Are foreign policy questions the really decisive ones in the US
>"foreign policy" is never at issue in US duopolist politics.  The issue
>in today's Stupid Election is The War.  And what makes this election
>really, really stupid is that the vast majority of antiwar Americans,
>including, apparently, most of those posting on this list[LBO],  have so
>succumbed to ABB Dementia that they are actually voting *for*
>the war by giving their vote to a pro-war candidate without
>even a trace of a "tactical voting" rationale.
>Shane Mage
>"Thunderbolt steers all things...It consents and does not
>consent to be called 
>Herakleitos of Ephesos

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