Really confused as to how/why people are playing into Owen Jones/Russell Brand voter-shaming tactics.
You do realise that they are no different than other Oxbridge types and/or millionaires who continue to uphold the imbalance of power and wealth in this country in their favour?
This is clever on their part, because they’re making you feel like the problem instead of them. Then you think you can change things by participating in a system that continues to serve them. Then the cycle can continue for another five years – at least.
Virtually every part of our current sociopolitical system serves the wealthy – even welfare and benefits. Housing benefit, for example, keeps those in poverty barely surviving month-to-month while simultaneously lining the pockets of property owners. Practically none of that money actually goes toward improving the financial situations of those in poverty. It actually just pays the mortgages of people who already own property.
This voter-shaming is absolutely nothing different than other forms of victim-blaming. By shaming people who don’t want to lower their standards by voting Labour or don’t want to vote at all, you are blaming oppressed/exploited/marginalised people for their own oppression/exploitation/marginalisation instead of the people who are oppressing/exploiting/marginalising.
This is the exact same thing as telling someone that they’re asking for and/or attracting violence by wearing certain kinds of clothing instead of blaming the people that commit acts of violence.
Exactly the same.
But who am I kidding? This kind of shit still happens all the time.
As I said in my post on Suffragettes, you cannot tell oppressed/exploited/marginalised people how to respond to this harm and/or police their responses. This makes you part of the problem. Not wanting to participate (or spoiling your ballot) in an extremely flawed representative democratic system that has historically and contemporarily harmed people in your social position(s) is a valid response.
It’s also crucial to remember that people aren’t born with inherent oppression/exploitation/marginalisation/vulnerability. Society, and the people acting within it, are the ones who make people oppressed/exploited/marginalised/vulnerable. The majority tend to think otherwise, which is why they continue to point the finger of blame at them – like people want this kind of life or something? Gross.
I understand people don’t like the Tories. I also can’t stand the Tories, but this is your daily election-week reminder that Labour is not any better.
Russell Brand said, ‘Labour will listen’.
No they won’t.
They will pretend/appear to be [kind of] listening until Thursday while they spout tonnes of bullshit rhetoric like…
‘We support the Living Wage’
Labour backs a minimum wage rise to £8 by 2020 and this is not a Living Wage.
‘We want to end exploitative zero hour contracts’
Zero hour contracts are a symptom of a wider social system that exploits workers. Workers will continue to be exploited in different ways even if zero hour contracts are phased out, because they’re not tackling the root of the problem – a.k.a the system they seek to maintain.
Also: Congratulations, you have acknowledged worker exploitation! Now you are even more shit for not doing anything about it.
‘We will tax Banker’s Bonuses’
Why are they supporting Banker’s Bonuses at all? Just cos’ you tax them doesn’t make you the people’s champion. This is a faux redistribution of wealth.
These are all actions that are presented to us as radical change, but aren’t.
Did you forget that Labour invaded Iraq? Did they listen then? No, they killed thousands of people.
Did you forget that Labour implemented WCA and hired ATOS? Did they listen then? No, they killed thousands of people.
These are just two of many Labour-backed policy decisions that have killed thousands of people.
So yeah, perhaps, marginally fewer people will die under a Labour government.
But this is not a revolutionary choice.
This choice upholds the status quo.
What kind of world do we live in that will readily support power-hungry murderers just because they murder less people than other, marginally worse power-hungry murderers?
They don’t deserve an award.
They don’t deserve your vote.
They deserve nothing less than the bin.