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It's a Consciousness Problem.
06 Nov 2000
The past six months of east coast direct action, followed by this idiotic American presidential election, have defined the fact that at heart, it's a consciousness problem.
Following six months of direct action on the east coast in D.C. and Philly, plus working with the IMC's (print section), then cooking for the homeless and living in a federal shelter, and then returning to Berkeley to write, I really don't need this stupid American presidential election. I'm not voting for Nader! Voting for Nader is like drinking herbal tea to cure the plague. I'm boycotting the election, and it doesn't matter if that tactic contributes to Bush getting elected, either. The balance of power has shifted from government to the private sector...somebody oughta tell the Cambridge-Boston Greens. I lived in Washington D.C., (after helping to shut it down at the A16 actions) is moronic to believe that the world is being controlled from there. D.C. today is an inspirationless embarrassment to western civilization.
I returned to Berkeley, wrote and published, met with literati luminaries, drank German oktoberfest beer, am encouched at Oakland's notorious Hellarity House, ran out of cash, and finally realized that this whole thing about who or what controls the world is one bogus mental bunch of pure crap.
Having been in SF/Berkeley as a frontliner since 1974 (taking five years out 1985-90 to live in Cambridge, Mass. to be a principle Earth First! organizer, among other roles, in New England), it would be insane for me to believe that anybody or anything OTHER THAN myself and the other 24/7 participants, are creating the social reality that is my context for social life here.
I am presently unchallenged in Berkeley. Most of what I helped start has matured, and there are lots of people interested in participating in the San Francisco bay area. I liked being on the east coast again recently, but didn't find D.C. or Philly a good fit for me beyond the anti-globalization/fuck-the-republicans megaprotests. I would be interested in moving to Boston...but I require more than a hedge against homelessness. Offer me something serious in the way of longterm "mutual cooperation", and I can get a ride. Am awaiting your response, O Boston. Craig Stehr
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What will that accomplish?
06 Nov 2000
I have heard so many people saying that they are boycotting the elections. And when I ask why I get a lot of reasons why voting doesn't really matter. Yet, obviously voting has some effect, however minimal. What is helped by abstaining though? Is it that you're too lazy to take 10 minutes? Is it that you think you're a "rebel"? Is it that you think you're too good for it? It sure sounds like it. Well I personally am going to vote for Nader to help build a movement that can eventually grow to something much greater. But what do I know, I am just a simple peasant.
Have a Nice Day.
07 Nov 2000
Tell you go and vote, and I'll boycott the election...if I get "mutual cooperation" to relocate to Boston, we'll meet at the Roisan Dubh Irish bar on State Street near Fanieul (sp) Hall, and continue the discussion. Fair enough? CS
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vote or not
07 Nov 2000
The question to vote or not, is not that simple. For those of you pushing "direct democracy," GO VOTE, because many states use the Ballot questions, and my friends that is direct democracy. Remember, the President is the most removed from the electorate, followed by the Senate, than the House, than the State Governors, followed by the state legislatures. Some of the local races have an impact and have nothing to do with National policy. To the people who chastice others for not voting in the national elections, the elected politicians represent only one sector of the state, and again the farther away they are from the electorate, the less attention they will pay to them.