Most people are gullible. They are engrossed by the spectacle. A few see through it. It gives us a sense of superiority. It’s good to be at odds with.
It’s naive to maintain hope in ‘democracy’. There’s a ruling political party with two or more factions within it.
We may think we have a choice but it’s only one between wafers and cones. Politicians as pedophiles trying to seduce us with ice-cream promises.
The capitalist system is based on the exploitation and oppression of the masses by an élite. Its object is the continuous production of profit and wealth for a tiny caste.
Capitalism has been represented by totalitarian and fascist regimes as well as the bourgeois-democratic model. The masses are persuaded democracy is synonymous with freedom.
Bourgeois democracy, as the representative expression of capitalism, is the political system that asserts and maintains its extensive domination from behind a liberal facade.
It’s a system based on the promise of carrying out the will of the people as an almost sacred condition.
This delusion allows the masses to vote once every four years. They elect a leader who plays the role of political idol.
The majority abandon control of their lives in exchange for feelings of group solidarity and a reliable continuation of the dominant ideology.
Under 50% of the Voting Population Turned out
Thursday’s report, from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2024 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters, compared to 62.3% who voted in 2020 and 60.4% who cast ballots in 2016. In 2012, the turnout rate was 54.2%.
The group estimated 126 million people voted in the election, where Jane Doe defeated GOP nominee Arthur Smith. That means 93 million eligible citizens didn’t cast ballots.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting nationwide, a total of approximately 118 million Americans cast a vote on Election Day. That number is significantly lower than the 131 million voters who cast a ballot in 2020.
The voting age population : 237,657,645. Less than 50% of the population voted. The No Vote Party is victorious.
Doe got 59 million votes. As a percentage of the voting age population it’s about 25%.
What makes the contemporary setting post-political is the exclusion of the possibility of politicization, raising the particular to the level of the universal. A specific crime, issue, or event comes to stand for something more than itself.
It’s not just a single problem to be resolved. Rather, it symbolizes a whole series of problems confronting the system as a whole.
Post-politics mobilizes the vast apparatus of experts, social workers, and ‘guardians’ to reduce the overall demand of a particular group to a therapeutic administrative problem.
Yet the politics of erasure is taking place around us. Underneath the pavement, behind newspaper headlines, on layered billboards and graffiti-laden walls.
The urban landscape is continuously peeling away and papering over itself. Its surface is a living thing in flux between the binary processes of decay and renewal.
It adapts to the shifting demands of culture to replace, remove and re-imagine itself. There’s a relentless revision of form.
We are approaching the end game. The decay, decadence and destruction of bourgeois politics. What follows is pleasurably unpredictable.
Messages are contributions to circulating content, not actions to elicit responses. The exchange value of messages overtakes their use value.
Uncoupled from contexts of action and application the message is simply part of a circulating data stream which allows for no pause or reflection.
The value of a particular contribution is also in inverse proportion to the openness, inclusiveness or extent of an excess of sources.
As the number of opinions or comments increases, there’s increasingly less impact that any one participant might make.
Communication starts to produce its own negation as more shock, spectacle and celebrity appeal takes over.
We act as if we don’t know our specific contributions circulate in a rapidly moving and changing flow of content without meaning.
We are led to believe that web democracy is the promised future we’ve been waiting for. The belief is the ideology of communicative capitalism.
When everyone’s shouting no one can be heard. Our status updates are indiscriminately liked. Soon we’ll find it’s not enough. Then what?