A bunch of Communists walk into a bar…

One day Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, and Rosa, arose from the grave and decided to all go out drinking.

The more they drank the more they decided to debate about theory.

Lenin and Rosa got into an argument about democratic centralism.

Stalin punched Trotsky when they started arguing about state capitalism.

And Mao just left the bar without paying his tab.

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“Happy” Election Day, VOTE! My Personal Endorsements

It’s election day, so VOTE while you remember that voting is not a panacea. Our problems will not all be fixed at the ballot box, but the ballot box is a front on the class war and only a terrible general forsakes any front.

So vote, vote, vote! In the spirit of the day I though it might be a good idea to list my endorsements for the propositions in the California elections.

Before we proceed please note these are MY PERSONAL ENDORSEMENTS, they are not the official endorsements of any group I am affiliated with.

Nor will I be taking an official stance or endorsement on every proposition, I am focusing my energy on the races that will most likely effect the most marginalized people where I live.

VOTE NO ON PROP 6

The Gas Tax is regressive, this is true, however their is no language in the proposition about what will be the replacement revenue source for California’s ongoing and already underfunded infrastructure repair.

VOTE YES ON PROP 8

The fact that for-profit dialysis clinics even exist is disgusting to me. If these things are going to operate in the state then a cap on their profits must be implemented. Such profit caps mean that these companies will have to refund some of their profits to their employees and customers, which means an increased movement of money which can only benefit the economy.

VOTE YES ON PROP 10

Costa-Hawkins is one of the most uneconomical and undemocratic laws to exist in California. To rob localities of their own ability to regulate their own markets is the epitome of that blatant lack of democracy. Where I live, Sacramento, has the fastest climbing rent rates in the nation, which is causing displacement and homelessness that is disproportionally effecting people of color. My city needs meaningful rent control, something that is hindered by the existence of Costa-Hawkins. Prop 10 is one of the most important things to vote on in this election.

VOTE NO ON PROP 11

This is blatantly anti worker and just plain dangerous. To keep EMT’s on call during their break time will rob them of energy and cause them to perform poorly. I was in a car wreck in March and if my EMT’s had not been well rested I might not have gotten out of that destroyed car so easily. Give workers their breaks, especially the people whose job is to save lives.

Leftists, You Don’t Need to Have All The Answers, But You Need to Have Some Answers

It’s all well and good to say, “Smash the system!” I support and agree with that statement whole heartedly.

However if we are not offering a genuine alternative to the status quo and the systems we are attacking then Leftists are screwing over ourselves by weakening our argument and, more importantly, we are screwing over the people we are trying to organize and liberate.

It is the staple of conservatives and reactionaries try to argue with us. I have lost count of how many times I have heard, “Well if you hate capitalism so much, what are you saying should replace it?” In all honesty Leftists are not obligated respond to this. Leftists are not obligated appease this sense of entitlement. We do not need to explain every point about every thing they believe, especially any Leftist of a marginalized group.

However when organizing if we are not offering the masses the clear alternative to the systems we rail against then we are doing a disservice to the capabilities of building momentum and we are weakening our foundation for our movement.

To put it bluntly, it is an insult to the victims of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism to say “smash the system” and not make it clear that there is an alternative to organize for.

It is the calling card of the “lifestyle anarchist” to say smash the system for the sake of saying smash the system. Do not mistake me, this is not an attack on anarchism nor any other form of Leftist theory. What I am saying is that when we say “smash the system” the alternatives we are offering must be made clear so that the unengaged will want to become engaged.

It is all well and good to say “smash the system” but if you are not making it clear that you are offering an alternative, whether that alternative is anarchism, Marxism, or social democracy, you are insulting the very people you are trying to liberate. You are not giving the victims of the system what they need. You are simply validating your own need to decry the status quo when you offer revolution for the sake of revolution. Which is all fine and dandy until the system is actually smashed and then there is nothing in place to help lift and protect the disabled or the otherwise marginalized. The current system does not do that at all, yet if we do not make it clear we are offering a structure that does protect the unprotected then we have lost.

It’s all well and good to say “smash the system” It is not all well and good to ignore the implications of what comes after the fact. It is not all well and good to put your own need to feel validated as a revolutionary ahead of the actual needs that go into a revolution.

Smash the system, and make it clear that when it is smashed there is something to organize, and hope, for.