D: For whom are you going to vote?
A: I won’t vote.
D: But you are so into politics, so why don’t you vote then?
A: I’m not into politics. I am an anarchist.
Conversations along these lines I always have to conduct when some so called “elections” are due. Even better than the question about my voting behavior I like the question about “whom I will give my vote”. For me, this expression, “to give MY vote to somebody ELSE”, is paradigmatic for this absurd spectacle called election: Why should I give another person MY vote? Why can’t I just speak for myself? In my opinion, the entire tragedy of the recurrent election spectacle is inherent in this expression of “casting my vote”. People are talked into this illusion of minimal participation and they accept the fact that they are governed by other people but even worse: They even defend this system of authority, they celebrate themselves for their popular sovereignty (the literal translation of the term democracy). And even when they discontent for once, then for them it is enough to elect another politican every four or five years. As if anything would change by this.
This system of representation and majority rule which is called democracy has not been changed since it came into existence. Already the Attic democracy rendered political participation possible for only a small percentage of the local population. Slaves, women but also citizens of lower classes were excluded from political participation. Others, who were allowed to participate in politics rule over them. Many people in Germany today are not entitled to vote either, including people with certain diagnosed disabilities, people younger than 18 years of age, people lacking German citizenship, certain prisoners and many more. Thus, democratic participation remains reserved for certain priviliged people. The representatives for which these people vote will then rule over them and everybody else.
But even the right to vote (what a generous gesture of a state to allow her mature citizens such a thing!) will not necessarily grant people influence or even representation. On the contrary! The principle of majority rule of a democratic systems comes in as a really handy tool to defend the interests of the majority society against the interests of marginalized minorities. Anyways, the principle of representation muzzles any form of individual representation of interests. It replaces it by corrupt party politics which only care about the maintenance of power. The centralism of politics and administration is at the most useful for educating people according to certain rules in order to be better able to rule them and to control them.
Any attempts to organize oneself beyond this nation-state in an autonomous and voluntary manner in order to be able to satisfy needs, and any attempts to come to decisions with all affected people in a consensual way without any external interference are eyed critically by government institutions and are regularly stopped violently. They are so much afraid to lose governmental influence, they are so much concerned about maintenance of power and supervision.
However, the citizens themselves seldom view democracy as system of governmental authority. Often it is regarded as “the best possible political system” and as “a form of government of civilized societies” (whatever that may be). Thereby on the one hand democracy is seen as an export product of western societies which is brought into apparently less “civilized” parts of the world, in conformity with colonial and neo-colonial strivings, like it was done with the Christian faith doctrine. On the other hand democracies like Germany consider themselves not too good for cooperating with autoritarian and fascist regimens when this helps to get rich or to protect themselves against “unwanted” immigration.
In doing so, democracies do not founder on their own aspirations but ruther fulfill their actual function. They establish a system of global and local rule which assures their citizens of certain privileges when they, in return, are willing to submit to governmental rule. Ideologically, this relationship is strengthened by the illusion of participation, especially on the occasion of elections.
Out of all these reasons I am a declared enemy of democracy. I oppose this form of control over myself and over other, I refuse to take part in the spectacle of elections. Instead I am trying to alter my life in my own way, I am looking for autonomous and collective ways to make my dreams and desires come true. And I am declaring myself an enemy of the existing ways of life. Because only when one day the destruction of of this democracy, of this state will be successful, I will be able to be free.