by Winter Jones
The following essay was written prior to the 2016 US election.
In case you are reading this well past October 2016, let me fill you in on how society was going. We had an upcoming presidential election here in the nation known as the United States of America. While it has always been clear to me that elections are total bullshit, I don’t think it was very clear for most people. The keyword here is “was”. As of at least mid-2016, it was clear to absolutely everyone that the government was far from democratic. We were being bombarded with messages telling us to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
Clinton was an established, calculating, clearly corrupt, neoliberal warmonger belonging to the party known as the Democratic Party. She was the secretary of state for part of the Obama administration. So add drone strikes, the NSA, and tons more war crimes to the list. I guess that means she isn’t an option right off the bat, cross option number one off the list.
Donald Trump was a far-right, ultranationalist, racist and all around bigot. It was recently revealed that this man’s vile sexism had manifested in a shocking way. He talked about having the right to sexually assault any woman he wanted to, and having it be acceptable due to his social status. This came out after countless horrific statements were already made by him. For example, he said at a speech:
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.
So he is DEFINITELY off the table as well.
Well shit, I guess that leaves us … no options. We are basically completely fucked. This is ignoring the fact that capitalist democracy is completely illegitimate in the first place.
Having the choice to choose a ruler every four years is a horrible choice. Instead, why not have no rulers. We don’t need government or capitalism. We don’t need racism, sexism, transphobia or homophobia. We don’t need bosses, police, currency, wars, or environmental destruction. We don’t need to do any of this bullshit.
But what do we need? That’s a simple one actually. The answer is total and complete revolution. This means completely and totally destroying the existing social order and establishing a new one. The new social order that must be established is anarchist communism. That is a classless, stateless, currency-free society. That means that there would be no more wage labor, no more police, no more private property, no more bosses, no more wars, no more politicians, no more governments, and most importantly no more hierarchy. Society would be run collectively by everyone. From each according to their ability, to each according to their need. A system of local councils that federate across society that are run via consensus or direct democracy would be the instrument of social organization. Production of goods would be done for human needs instead of private profits.
It will involve building revolutionary unions, mass strikes, seizing of workplaces by the workers, the formation of councils to run the local area, the formation of workers’ militias, and the defense of the revolution. Above all, it will be unpredictable.
This revolution will not happen in day, a month, or even a year. But it would begin changed the very structure and fabric of our society at the very start. And the end of the revolution will be when we no longer have social hierarchy. It won’t be easy and it certainly won’t be without a fair share of violence. But nothing good ever comes without a fight. And at the end of it all, it will certainly be worth it.
The following was written after the election results were in.
So Donald Trump is now the president of the United States. This doesn’t particularly surprise me. What does surprise me is that both the House of Representatives and the Senate are both firmly Republican Party, meaning that Trump will get his way on every single issue. This means his wall and the mass deportation of Mexicans and Muslims is a real possibility. But let’s not pretend that Clinton would be much better. Elections are a sham, and this one was an especially big sham. Don’t blame the people who didn’t vote or voted for third parties. They are the people who at least have the moral high ground. The real enemy here is not Trump or Hillary, but the very system they are a part of. By merely voting and allowing the status quo to perpetuate, you are part of the problem. The only solution is a libertarian socialist revolution.