I wrote this article today and posted it to my little website and a new Election Boycott mailing list I started a few days ago: I posted a link on Twitter and one guy retweeted it, but some other guy (now blocked) told me I was "a crazy person." Okay, I've never claimed otherwise. Then I got an email from a Green Party voter I know, who told me about all the wonderful things people are doing, like the Wal-Mart strikes and protests, the Bail-Out the People Jubilee that is buying up debt and cancelling it, etc. I agree those are good things, but they are being done by people, not by the government. Anyone familiar with US labor history knows that if labor strikes are too successful, the government will machine-gun a few hundred people to ensure continuing corporate rule, and as for the debts, the reason they're being sold so cheap is because they're uncollectible, so while some people who couldn't pay anyway will feel better about having their debts cancelled, and might be able to restore their credit ratings and go into debt again, the collection agencies are getting paid for debts they otherwise couldn't collect and couldn't sell. The reply I got was that I was missing out on all the fun and bonding of protests. This is what I wrote back: Okay, so I'm alone, but I really don't feel lonely and I don't even feel sad. In fact I'm laughing my fucking head off at the stupidity of voters. They don't know that the US has a two-party system where third parties are deliberately and systematically locked out? They don't know that the US has a winner-take-all electoral system where the winner gets all the power delegated to them by all the votes, including the so-called protest votes? They don't know that they're voting for everything they're protesting? Well, of course they don't know that the state is the problem, not the solution. They're not anarchists, so how could they know that? Voting in the US isn't even mandatory--it isn't something that people might find themselves having to do just to survive, like working. But the truth is that my website only has a couple dozen regular readers and the mailing list only has 8 subscribers so far. So there's the impasse. Voters think I'm crazy and I know they're fucking stupid. That really doesn't make for good communications.