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A vote for Kerry is a vote for war.

In 1873 Friedrich Engels polemicizing against the Spanish anarchists said:

“As soon as they were faced with a serious revolutionary situation, the Bakuninists had to throw the whole of their old program overboard. First they sacrificed their doctrine of absolute abstention from political, and especially electoral, activities. Then anarchy, the abolition of the State, shared the same fate.... They then dropped the principle that the workers must not take part in any revolution that did not have as its aim the immediate and complete emancipation of the proletariat, and they themselves took part in a movement that was notoriously bourgeois. Finally they...sat quite comfortably in the juntas of the various towns, and moreover almost everywhere as an impotent minority outvoted and politically exploited by the bourgeoisie.?

One of the fundamental problems of political Anarchism is that, in general, it does not seek to build a political alternative to the government in power, but instead seeks to influence that government by scaring it to the left through street actions.

Yet it is an illusion to think that that any capitalist government, Democrat or Republican, can be moved to the left. This goal, when it fails, often leads to the type backward movement into liberal thought that we see here expressed by Ingrid. Our goal should be to move the people to the left of the Democrats, through street actions and other forms of education that expose the truth. In bringing more people to the left you build more resistance to the war and the other capitalist crimes of the Democrats and Republicans as well as planting the seeds for building a revolutionary party. In building that movement and political alternative we may either force concessions from the politicians or be met by more repression, but you will never force the Democrat Party to the left, nor will you ever gain anything by getting them elected.

The goal should not be to move people back into the Democrat Party of war, racism, sexism, homophobia, racism, etc. Ultimately the goal must be to build a political alternative to both the Democrats and Republicans that is capable of transforming our entire society. We will never get that by campaigning for the Democrats.

Tell the people the truth, say it loud, and say it clear: A vote for Kerry is a vote for war! If Kerry is elected we will be struggling against Kerry’s war policies for the next four to eight years.

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