Russell Brand: Don’t Vote – It Only Encourages Them

Writer and comedian Russell Brand is generating some controversy by stating the obvious: the electoral system is incapable of redressing the inequality and injustices facing people today. What we need is a revolution. As anarchists like to say, “if voting could change anything, it would be illegal.” In Volume Three of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, I included a piece by Eduardo Colombo on “why anarchists don’t vote.”

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  1. “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” — H. L. Mencken

  2. Coming from a member of the ruling class, this is a meaningless admonishment.

    I doubt that he has parted with much of his wealth.

    He will be fine no matter what happens.

    • Just because Brand is wealthy doesn’t mean that voting will accomplish anything, nor does it mean that revolution is not the only real alternative.


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