Henry Rollins on Why Anarchists Need to Finally Fucking Vote

I’ve never been a fan of the anarchist movement. First off, shouldn’t you call yourselves collectivists or something? The whole anarchy thing is just bad linguistics. Nobody tells me what to do man. Secondly, I get that some of this stuff is cool in theory, but in practice it often ends up being people who protest but don’t vote as far as I can tell. Which is weird considering that protests take a bunch of effort but do very little to influence policy and voting is easy as shit yet does in fact make at least a bit of an impact. I’m smoking legal ass weed as I’m writing this for instance (coming soon to all of Canada).

Also, isn’t it a bit odd that you’re supposedly super rebellious and yet the one thing that religious billionaires are trying to get you not to do is the one thing where you’re like:  “You know, doing exactly what corporate America wants is somehow bucking the system, just in this one situation, because laziness”. Sure. Anyway, it’s good to see someone else who has far more influence than me and actual connections to that scene chime in about it. Oh yeah, are you even fucking registered yet? Get on it already, Jesus Christ.  (From Calvin’s Canadian Cave of Cool):

I hate “we’re fucked.”

I mean, I don’t want to shame anyone who has said it, thought it, or posted it. I have too. But as a philosophy, as a statement of belief, I hate it. Because it means you’ve given up.
We are absolutely NOT fucked.

Things are so bad. This country has taken a turn that I could never have predicted. It is absolutely fascist, nativist, and extremist. It’s every bit as scary as it seems.
But we are not fucked.

I read a long-form article on the Russia hacks in the New Yorker not long ago. However much you think that influenced the outcome, it was an instructive piece of journalism. There is very little indication that there was a specific political agenda that was being wished for. The goal was simple: Sow chaos and undermine the faith of Westerners in their own institutions.

This is really important to think about right now.

I have a high regard for Mueller and I think his investigation will have some influence. But don’t wait on him to save us. He can’t. And don’t wait on impeachment. I would support it fervently, but it is nothing to bank on. And especially don’t assume Trump can’t win again. He absolutely can. Our best bet – better, even, than all of our protests and actions – is actually voting.

It’s so square. It’s so old-fashioned. Many of us involved with the hard-left or anarchist scene have been trained to disregard it.

Fucking don’t. NOT NOW, guys. It is the best tool at our disposal. Yeah, you can say that they will sabotage it, reject it, whatever. “Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.” In other words, don’t create troubles before they exist. Anything seems possible to me right now, but it remains the case – despite hacked voting machines and gerrymandering – that there is no known mechanism by which our government can deny massive voter turnout.

Take back the House in November. Then take back the Presidency in 2020. The worst thing we could do is pretend that these are givens. I never, ever, ever thought that this piece of shit could sit in the Oval Office. I was so humbled by my error. Therefore I assume he could take it again – I know he could – unless we accept the threat as real.

When we say, “We’re fucked,” we roll over. We defeat ourselves. We do their job for them. Don’t do that. We are NOT fucked. We are in a fight. It sucks. It’s hard. People are suffering. The earth is suffering. It will get worse.

Read the rest over at Calvin’s Canadian Cave of Cool

Oh, hey and if you were looking for a piece about how the Rollins Band are actually great almost in spite of Henry Rollins’ vocals, this is a decent one. I’ve been saying that for years actually.

 

Thad McKraken

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Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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