Pope Salmon the Lesser Mungojelly (mungojelly) wrote,
Pope Salmon the Lesser Mungojelly

My platform if I were to run for public office.

There is much talk about the absurdity of anarchist candidates. I have concocted a platform which I believe should appeal to anarchists and other advocates of direct democracy. It does not exactly contradict the absurdity, so much as exploit it. This is the only platform under which I myself would ever consider running for a public office.

The platform is quite simple, and has nothing whatsoever to do with any issues at all. The candidate would pledge (save perhaps true emergencies) to make absolutely no decisions themselves. The decisions would instead be delegated to a mechanism of direct democracy. The candidate would be a figurehead, and their vote would always be cast as the new mechanism demands.

The electoral system offers a promise, a promise to allow the people a chance to grab at the authority which only kings once held, a promise which we-- I speak here for anarchists, and for other believers in the possibility of true and direct democratic power-- have often derided as false, as worthlessly partial. What though if we were to take them at their word? What if we were to indeed take the power offered, and give it not (as they would have us do) to a single corruptible small human mind, but instead simply to grab the power and HOLD it?

Hold it indeed, hold it quite easily, I would submit, as who could dare run against such a system, if even partially functioning, on the astonishing platform that they would take the power away from the people at large and invest it entirely and unaccountably in themselves alone? Anarchist candidates are absurd indeed, but the absurdity has always belonged to the other party. Let us take them up on their fool's gambit.

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