Re-engagement or Rebellion?


I was very pleased to be asked to speak at a conference during the election campaign to debate with Michael Sani of Bite the Ballot. The video below is a short highlights package of the full day. My main argument was that whilst I wouldn’t tell others not to vote, we need to be aware of the limitations of the electoral system wherever we live and that we should not forget that politics and voting are two different things. Voting is fleeting and separated by years, it’s conducted alone and in private. It is often conducted thinking in purely selfish ways about how policies affect us as individuals. Politics on the other hand and direct action in particular can be an every day experience. It is communal as we work together to find solutions to problems. Give me politics over voting any day. No, give it to me every day!

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