I really love me some ole Albert Camus (obviously, considering the name and theme of this blog).
- Albert Camus
Political activism and even what I call 'anti-activist activism' is, unfortunately, completely fruitless and hopeless. Voting is worse, of course, but in most recent elections the majority of the voting population literally did 'vote for nobody'. Somebody got elected, anyways, and it changed nothing.
In our (allegedly, but falsely) so-called 'democracy', if you can, a) call it that, and b) being one of the worst forms of government available to a civilized population -- Obama was elected within a handful of points from Romney, and approximately 24% of the 'eligible voting population' (about 19% of the entire population) 'decided' on who would be able to impose his will on the rest of us.
But as long as we realize that 'not voting' won't change anything, neither, and that you need to do other stuff outside of the system to enact gradual and slow change, or to enact meaningful change in your own life in spite of the system (which is what is most important), then I think 'not voting' is good.
However, the moment you believe or convince yourself that 'not voting', or voting third party, or voting for Mickey Mouse, or voting for a Republican or Democrat of any kind, et al, can or will actually change anything in any meaningful way -- then you've, unfortunately, entered into the realm of self-delusion.
It is said that 'if you don't vote, then you have no right to complain'. Whoever says this has it backwards --it's only because I don't vote, that I have a right to complain. With that being said, it is what it is, and mere complaining does nothing.
It's time to stop making excuses. We have to take control of our own lives.
PS - I know this is direct contrast to an older post(s) I made in my more electoral activist days. My views have changed on this, since then.