Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils: a Vicious Circle

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      The presidential election is once again upon us, and, once again, I am wondering if I should sit on the sidelines. I have never casted a vote for a president even though I became a US citizen a long time ago. This is not just because I am lazy. That, I might be. But laziness has not prevented me from doing a lot of things in life that I dread, such as going to the proctologist. So, what is it that prevents me from voting for a president? Is voting for Donald Trump or Joe Biden worse than having a colonoscopy?

      Ever since I arrived in the US, I have heard people say that they will vote for the “lesser of the two evils.” My first experience with this bizarre logic was in 1968, when Americans had to choose between “Tricky Dick” Nixon or “Dump the Hump” Humphry. I had just arrived in the US and was being inculcated in a high school “civics education” class into believing that voting in America is a duty. As a teenager I wondered what kind of civic duty forces you to choose between two evils. I also wondered what people expected to happen if instead of an evil an angel became president. More than half a century later, after spending a lifetime studying political economy, I am still wondering. But this much I can say without getting bogged down in complicated, theoretical arguments.

      There are two major parties in the US and they both represent “capital.” But since defining capital is very controversial among economists, let us simply say that both parties represent money, the kind of money that begets more money. This kind of money is sacrosanct. It is a deity. It is worshiped by almost everyone. Having this kind of money, or being backed by it, is essential for getting elected, especially since most voters rely on advertising before voting for a candidate. Many voters, even if poor, admire and highly respect those who have a lot of money.



      So, what should I do, should I vote for Trump or Biden, or just simply sit it out again? Both candidates represent money that begets money, both would keep the existing social order in the US intact, both would support butchers around the world that are friends of the US, and both will try to overthrow those governments that are not subservient to the US. But Biden will bring back normalcy, will try to resurrect the aura of presidency, and will try to remake the image of the US empire. Trump, on the other hand, will continue on his sociopathic path, will continue to amuse the rest of the world with his idiocy, will make the other “leaders” of the world laugh at his ignorance, and may destroy the US empire from within.


    • #361309
      David the Gnome
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      Becomes to resist when you realize that both parties and the system itself…. rotten to the core.  IMO and all that.

      Sanders was their chance for redemption.  Now?  I have no interest in supporting either party.

    • #361311
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      Is the writer just being sarcastic here?  Should I bother reading the article to find out?

    • #361314
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      In the same vein as when Biden says he would put things back to be as usual, and we say Oh fuck no, “as usual” was horrible.  Pretty good summation in the article about just how awful the US has been.


      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

    • #361318
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      Normality is boring even if it worked—which it doesn’t.

    • #361336
      Passionate Progressive
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      But Biden will bring back normalcy, will try to resurrect the aura of presidency, and will try to remake the image of the US empire.

      A PR program to disguise the war crimes and flawed experiments at democracy at home and abroad….no thanks.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

    • #361339
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      And doesn’t he have a nose that Chuck Schumer would die for!  Think of how far he could push his reading glasses on that proboscis!

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

    • #361365
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      @h-32 Just stop for a second and remember what “normalcy” is right now.

    • #361463
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      If I don’t vote for a ‘lesser evil’ I don’t vote. That’s what authoritarians want. Not going to go there. We each decide how to balance ‘evil’ vs ‘good’.

      The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.

      "Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect." JG

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.

    • #361465
      Ohio Barbarian
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      @peacecorps That already happened. 2000, 2004, and in the 2016 and 2020 Democrat primaries. That’s the new normal. Elections won’t change shit, at the national level, anyway.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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    • #361493
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      As Abbie Hoffman said, “If voting really changed things, it wouldn’t be legal”

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #361513
      Babel 17
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      The MSM promises a return to those halcyon days once their bosses guy gets elected.

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