abstentionism

Abstention: A Class Response to Capitalist Elections

By abstaining from bourgeois electoral politics and building our own revolutionary organizations we are best placed to build our own political forces up to take advantage of the political crisis of bourgeois rule that manifests itself in disaffection from the ruling parties. For workers, elections are an exercise of ritual humiliation perpetrated upon them by those who exploit them.

Abstentionism and anarchism

Camillo_Berneri

An article by Camillo Berneri arguing that electoral abstentionism should not be considered dogma by anarchists, written shortly after the victory of the Popular Front in the Spanish elections of February 1936. The translation does not imply endorsement.

The Electoral Trap

An article published on October 2017 in the first issue of 'Intransigence', a collaborative effort between the Workers' Offensive group in Miami and other internationalist communists in the United States. This article argues for principled abstentionism, or non-participation in bourgeois elections, citing their harmful role of integrating workers as willful participants in the capitalist order.