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Oh well / Oh hell

Here's a pretty old legacy post from the blog archives of Geekery Today; it was written about 20 years ago, in 2004, on the World Wide Web.

I suppose that I’d feel worse about all this except that I never pinned too much hope on electoral politics–let alone lame-o weak-kneed liberals in the first place. It sucks, but we’ll have to find some way to muddle through–even, perhaps, to resist–and we’d have to do that no matter came out on the top of the heap.

By the way, Greg Palast thinks that Ohio and New Mexico were stolen–based on the exit polls and on worries about ballot spoilage. (He predicted that this would be a problem beforehand, and today he argued on Air America that he was right–based on the disparity between exit polls in Ohio and New Mexico.) If this is true, then I hope people will make something of it–and by people I mean you, because Droopy and Smiley Face have already made it painfully obvious they aren’t going to make a fuss. But as for myself, I’m thinking about voter initiatives and ways forward that don’t involve spending my time on these jerks. (The other, more important, parts of the way forward are education and direct action, but since many of us are going to be thinking about defensive voting in various ways, I do think it’s helpful and important to think about smarter ways of going about that.)

In the meantime, I hope that Democrats are thinking long and hard about the arguments that led them to pick electable John Kerry over Howard Dean–and giving themselves a good, hard kick in the ass over it.

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  1. Sergio Méndez


    I agree with you, when you said in another post of the imperious necessity to construct a political alternative to Democrats and Republicans (as far I am concerned, Democrats are done after this election). And I agree with you with the need to construct a resistance to the upcoming attempts of Republicans to destroy civil liberties. But the question is HOW? How will that resistance be constructed? How to seriously construct a new political party of the left? I don’t know the answer to the first question. To the second, I suspect the only alternative is to unite many of the small left wing parties (that are not authoritarian) with the libertarians. But libertarians seem to me too much conservative in most of the cases to even consider the idea. What do you think?

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