Monday, September 3, 2012
Nowhere do “politicians” form a more separate, powerful section of the nation than in North America. There, each of the two great parties which alternately succeed each other in power is itself in turn controlled by people who make a business of politics, who speculate on seats in the legislative assemblies of the Union as well as of the separate states, or who make a living by carrying on agitation for their party and on its victory are rewarded with positions.

It is well known that the Americans have been striving to shake off this yoke, which has become intolerable, and that in spite of all they can do they continue to sink ever deeper in this swamp of corruption. It is precisely in America that we see best how there takes place this process of the state power making itself independent in relation to society, whose mere instrument it was originally intended to be…. We find here two great gangs of political speculators, who alternately take possession of the state power and exploit it by the most corrupt means and for the most corrupt ends – and the nation is powerless against these two great cartels of politicians, who are ostensibly its servants, but in reality exploit and plunder it.
Frederick Engels, 1891. Commenting on the illusion of democracy presented by the American two-party electoral system in which both the Democrats and Republicans in reality merely take turns oppressing and misleading the nation in the interests of the wealthy elite. (via socialismartnature)
Friday, March 30, 2012
If you believe the US is a democracy, if you believe in the rule of the many and not the rule of the few, then the Citizens United ruling could not be more troubling. But what if this is not a democracy? What if this, as Dionne suggests, is an oligarchy of billionaire capitalists? More horrible to ponder, what if democracy is yet more intellectual cover, another one of those illusions, for the exploitation of American workers? Then the theory of the ruling class fits perfectly. Citizens United and the United States were made for each other. What if democracy is just an illusion? | John Stoehr (via ronmarks)
Saturday, November 26, 2011

thesoapboxschtick:

“The trouble with the Electoral College”

Did you know it was possible for someone to win 20% of the popular vote and still become President thanks to the electoral college system?

VERY INFORMATIVE. EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THIS. 

Without the electoral college George W. Bush would have never been president…

I mean, you would never have a candidate win Massachusetts AND Mississippi, but the Electoral College sucks nonetheless.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Our democracy is supposed to be a government by, of and for the people. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what race you are or where you live in the country – we all get to have the same amount of power by going into the voting booth on Election Day. But those who passed these laws believe that only some people should participate. The restrictions undermine democracy by cutting off the voices of the people. Judith Browne-Dianis, via The GOP War on Voting; Rolling Stone

(Source: seriouslyamerica)

Sunday, August 28, 2011