Does December even matter?


I ponder this over at Foreign Policy’s Transitions blog.

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  1. To disdain the December vote has consequences: a) Abdication of all rights to protest-kicking about, á la pataleo; b) Vacating what might be seen as the last practical room-for-manoeuver left to oppos at all at all; c) exposing oppo folk to unending and rightly aimed criticism from the real world because they chose (airily, with cavalier nonchalance) “not to legitimize those dreadful poeple”, in effect, shades of the last disastrous abstention; d) if authorities are obliged to spend time and energy on oppo activities – as substantial voter-turnout inter alia, they have less of it to advance their programs; e) fast-track entry into political limbo. All against a backdrop, however grey in current appearence, whereon are inscribed the words, “God’s Time is Perfect”, recently cited by some one or other. In ‘Cristiano’, if you self-destruct politically, you ain’t gonna be np place when God’s Time moseys in the door.

  2. There is nothing to be gain if oppo voters abstain. Nothing. Whereas if we participate and actually capture those regional positions, there is a chance that we gain something. IMHO a chance is better than nothing.

    • Correct. The way I look at it, abstention only works in contexts where you can actually not participate, for example, a fight, so there is no fight. Abstention in voting would only work if by not participating one could later not be affected by the results. The problem is that even if one does not participate in an election process, one is affected by it just as much as if one had participated.

      There really is no way to stay out. The fight takes place even without one’s participation, so chances of losing the fight increase. Abstention makes no sense in cases such as this.


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