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October 5: Cheshire, England: AUDLEM WAKES. Traditionally, the first person to get drunk at the event was proclaimed Mayor of Audlem for the coming year. Beats voting! Every saloon a voting booth!Today is also, fittingly, in this time of Voting Hoopla,
FEAST OF THE EMPIRE OF LIES.
US: FEAST OF THE BALLOT BOX.
"Vote early, Vote often."
— League of Empty Gestures & Self-Abdication
Teach your children well
Their father's hell
Did slowly go by
& feed them on your dreams
The one they picks
The one you'll know by
Don't you ever ask them why
If they told you you would cry . . .
— Crosby, Stills, Nash and maybe Young, "Teach Your Children"
US: Your Vote Counts?: "They tell me I'm the most powerful man in the world. I don't believe that. Over there in the White House someplace, there's a fellow that puts a piece of paper on my desk every day that tells me what I'm going to be doing every 15 minutes. He's the most powerful man in the world."
— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan on an unidentified aide
& ran. Escaped. You returned the million dollars. You
restored the lady's virginity.
You were decorated 46 times in rapid succession by
the King of Italy. Took a Nobel Prize. Evicted
again, you went downtown, slept at the movies,
stood in the breadline, voted yourself a limosine.
— Kenneth Fearing, except "1933",
from Poems (NY: Dynamo, 1936)
While off the Isle of Cyprus in a boat,
I saw the head of Aphrodite afloat,
& told her I’m an Anarchist & do not vote.
She answered, “That’s alright”.
I said, “0 figment of the classic mind,
There are some crucial concepts to which
you are blind!”
She only nodded so as not to be unkind,
& said, “Good night”.
“Oh, stay!” I cried, “There are so many things
We should discuss: The power of unnecessary kings,
The sexual oppression of which Sappho sings . . .”.
But she sank out of sight.
— Judith Malina, LOVE & POLITICS
Every vote for a governing office is an instrument for enslaving me.
Dr. M.E. Lazarus, II9
Voting is "merely a labor-saving device for ascertaining on which side force lies and bowing to the inevitable... It is neither more nor less than a paper representative of the bayonet, the bully, and the bullet."
Benjamin R. Tucker, 1889
If we cannot by reason, by influence, by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice, mend the bad places of civilization, we certainly cannot do it by force.
Auberon Herbert, 1894
Is not the very beginning of privilege, monopoly and industrial slavery this erecting of the ballot-box above the individual?
Benjamin R. Tucker, "The Ballot-Box Craze", 1882
"A man that would expect to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that thinks men can be turned into angels by an election is a reformer & remains at large."
— Finley Peter Dunne
Fifty percent of the people in this country don’t vote. They simply don’t want to be implicated in organized society. With, in most cases, a kind of animal instinct, they know that they cannot really do anything about it, that the participation offered them is a hoax. & even if it weren’t, they know that if they don’t participate, they aren’t implicated, at least not voluntarily. It is for these people, the submerged fifty percent, that Miller speaks.
— Kenneth Rexroth, "The Reality of Henry Miller," Bird in the Bush.
Germany: With six million unemployed, chaos in Berlin, starvation & ruin, the threat of Marxism, & a very uncertain future, the German people turn to Hitler by the millions.In the presidential election, Hitler receives over eleven million votes (11,339,446) or 30% of the total. Hindenburg receives 18,651,497 votes or 49%. Since Hindenburg does not get the majority, a run-off election is held. In the campaign that follows, Hitler crisscrosses Germany in an airplane, descending from the clouds into the arms of growing numbers of fanatics, at ever larger rallies. He gives them a positive message, promising something for everyone, then ascends back into the clouds.
"In the Third Reich every German girl will find a husband!" Hitler once promises.
Erica Roe, a busty bookseller from Petersfield, streaks topless at Twickenham at the rugby international between England & Australia, capturing headlines with her 40-inch bust during the height of the Falklands War.
I was supposed to be at work in my bookshop...
Her streak has been voted into the top (sic) 100 Greatest Moments in Sports.
US: On Strike? Earl Anthony becomes first pro bowler to win more than $1 million. Anthony, voted "Bowler of the Millennium" later falls down stairs in his retirement & dies August 14, 2001 as a result.
US: Zonker Harris receives one vote for the governorship in Illinois."Reader, suppose you were an idiot. & suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. "
— Mark Twain: Manuscript note, c.1882.
US: Smog-Brains? The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes to lobby the US Congress to rename the Angeles National Forest the "Reagan National Forest." Says Sierra Club spokesman Bob Hattoy,"Naming a national forest after Ronnie Reagan is like naming a day care center after W C Fields."
No Kosher Pork?: "Young Elvis" stamp whops bloated "Vegas Elvis" stamp in a vote contest conducted by US Postal Service.
Over a million votes tallied reveal four factions. Auntie-Fat Elvis faction argue he died on drugs; Auntie-Dead Elvis say he shouldn't get a stamp because he's not dead, he lives in Paraguay with JFK & Neil Armstrong. Meanwhile, Got mail?
US: Florida, Re-vote early, re-vote re-often. There are a lot nobodies running & ready to lie, cheat & steal the election.
"The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return."
— Gore Vidal
American democracy is perfect...the rich to ravage the poor & convince the poor they wanted it."Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so."
— Gore Vidal
US: Florida counts presidential ballots (more or less)... England: The Vote Nobody election campaign proves successful today in the Bristol ward of Easton. An Autonomous Zone is declared after 145 people voted for Nobody & just 5 for the council. One staunch anarchist spoiled his ballot paper. Sorry we Sorry we can only guess what he was wiping. what he was wiping.
England: The Vote Nobody election campaign proves successful today in the Bristol ward of Easton. An Autonomous Zone is declared after 145 people voted for Nobody & just 5 for the council. One staunch anarchist spoiled his ballot paper. Sorry we Sorry we can only guess what he was wiping. what he was wiping.
US: New garbage can is mistaken for ballot box. Some Redford Township votes wind up in trash, according to today's Detroit Free Press. Talk about throwing your vote away.Part of the problem: The new green rubberized garbage can doesn't look trashy enough.
"It looks so good I'm surprised they're not putting mail in it," Heldenbrand said.
To make the trash container more recognizable, township officials put two orange signs on the trash bin stating: "This is a garbage can."
The container will be checked for ballots each night, Heldenbrand said.
Thanks to Bleedster Scott Langill, Flipside, for sending this
US: Democratic Convention, Los Angeles, Ca., 14th-17th.
"The twentieth century has been characterised by three developments of great political importance:
> the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power;
> & the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of
> protecting corporate power against democracy."
— Alex Carey (from "Taking the Risk Out of Democracy")
Anarchists flaunt counter-culture; Special report: the US elections.
The banner spells out the theme of the gathering: "Whoever they vote for, we are ungovernable".
US: Despite wasting a record 3+ billion dollars urging the American electorate to vote, only a minority of eligible Americans can be bought. Many among the vast majority are convinced none of the candidates could possibly represent them or are worthy of their vote.
We must discover new frontiers... People have been standing for
centuries before a worm-eaten door, making pinholes in it with
increasing ease. The time has come to kick it down, for it is only on
the other side that everything begins.
— Raoul Vaneigem
US: In election day aftermath Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bartlett (cleverly disguised as Martin Sheen), in the West Wing, seems to be the only president the country has ... as the electoral college, state of Florida & the Supreme Court poise themselves to prove nobody's vote counts.
“One thing you can’t hide,
Is when you’re crippled inside.”
— John Lennon
US: Ballots reviewed in Florida after Bore loses to Gush by margin of 666 votes. Meanwhile, Cuba offers to send poll watchers to Florida, apparently to observe first hand how rigged elections work.
US: Florida. Vote counting goes on. There are so few voters one might wonder why it takes so long.
US: Disney World. Your vote counts. & counts. & counts. As in a'courting we will go. & just keeps going. & going...
US: Florida...overcast, another gray day, highs in the mid-300s...the more things change, the more they remain the same.
The Vote Nobody election campaign proved successful this past May in Bristol, England:
An Autonomous Zone was declared after 145 people voted for Nobody & just 5 for the council.
One staunch anarchist spoiled his ballot paper & wasn't counted.
US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Deserter George W. Bush is inaugurated US president after corrupt elections. She bleeds for you ...
Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris is canonized as the Joan of Arc of the Republican Party, in a triumphant onstage appearance at her home state's inaugural ball.
"In France it was Joan of Arc; in the Crimea it was Florence Nightingale; in the deep south there was Rosa Parks; in India there was Mother Teresa & in Florida there was Katherine Harris," said singer Larry Gatlin as he introduced Harris to an adoring crowd of Florida Republicans.
"I'm pleased & proud," Bush's brother Jeb, the Governor of Florida, told Reuters of his older brother's inauguration as 43rd President.
"I'm also pleased to be here with all of my friends from Florida because we made it happen."
"Those who cast their vote decide nothing.
Those who count the votes decide everything."
— Josef Stalin
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George W. Bush calls for the replacement of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Yassir Arafat as head of the Palestinian Authority. As of this date in 2004, neither has seemingly beheaded the other.
US: The campaign staff of the Elder Party's inveterate presidential candidate announced today that Cthulhu will not be running in the 2004 election.
"George W. Bush has undermined our entire campaign platform," complained one staffer, who went on to explain that Cthulhu's presidential campaign slogan has always been, "Why Vote For The Lesser Evil?"
"Ever since Dubya rose to power, the Great Cthulhu is the lesser evil. How could anyone — or anything — compete with his vile policies and sinister agendas?"
"If voting could change the system it would be illegal."
— Reality Is What You Can Get Away With
"Make no laws whatever concerning speech & speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that `freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license'; & they will define freedom out of existence.
Let the guarantee of free speech be in every man's determination to use it, & we shall have no need of paper declarations..."
— Voltairine de Cleyre, "Anarchism & American Traditions"
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