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Voting as political narcotic in the US

By Joel Hirschhorn - posted Tuesday, 27 November 2007

What happens in the US impacts the whole world, therefore everyone should care that America’s political system is a large and complex criminal conspiracy. Those who vote enable it without benefiting from it. Voting is a ploy of the two-party power elites to keep the population docile, delusional and duped. Our government has been hijacked in plain sight, despite elections. We cannot get it back by voting. All the main candidates are part of the conspiracy - voting only encourages them. In our fake democracy, corrupt politicians use doses of voting as a political narcotic. We must free more Americans of the addiction. Otherwise they will keep hallucinating that some Democratic or Republican President or Congress will actually give us the changes we crave.

Attempts to hold the government accountable have failed and will continue to fail. The system is rotten to the core. It sustains itself both by preventing major political reforms and undermining those that get passed to temporarily placate the public. Arrogant power elites feel no obligation to be accountable to the public. Elections are not a threat to the status quo. They are distractive entertainment.

Voting became a political narcotic when it stopped working to improve government and became used to legitimise a corrupt, two-party failed system. Power elites own the government and use it to serve their interests and protect a corporate plutocracy. Through a numerical minority - probably about 20 million Americans - an upper class easily manipulates the remaining 280 million by controlling the consumer economy, the distractive culture, and government policies and spending.


This is what America’s political freedom has morphed into: dissidents free to protest (to make us feel good); elites free to control (to maintain corruption); conned citizens free to vote (to keep the system looking democratic); and most Americans free to borrow, spend and consume (to stay hooked on work, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, alcohol, sports, computers, religion, gambling and illegal drugs). Where do you fit in?

In our drugged fake democracy, Americans replace objective reality with illusions. The US does not excel in nearly any statistical measure of democracies. Our voter turnout is a disgrace; we imprison more people than all other nations combined; we do not provide universal health care or affordable prescription drugs; our primary education system is mostly awful; economic inequality is considerable - with the top 1 per cent owning 21 per cent of the nation’s wealth - and getting worse. People are encouraged to consume and borrow, then left to suffer from crippling debt. Painful economic insecurity blinds the submissive middle class whose belief in the American dream is akin to expecting to win a lottery.

In a nation that supposedly prizes competitiveness there is no real political competition. The two major parties maintain a collusive stranglehold on our government. Third party candidates are purposefully disadvantaged. Incumbents can thwart opponents. Worse, though the two major parties shout their differences, they are merely two sides of the same coin, two heads of the same beast, two servants of the upper class, and two protectors of the corporate plutocracy. They are criminal co-conspirators. Superficial differences between candidates keep voters entertained, manipulated and rooting for "their" team in the political game, from which the mainstream corporate media (more co-conspirators) make tons of money.

In America’s democracy citizens are fooled by personal freedoms. It is a fake democracy because the will of the people is not respected by those elected to run the government. The rule of law is routinely violated by those in power, the Constitution is regularly dishonored and disobeyed by elected officials and judges, and all but the wealthy are sold out through government-assisted corporate globalisation.

Foreigners envy our materialism, but not our government. With horrendous hypocrisy we use military power to impose democracy abroad despite having a flawed democracy at home. No wonder America has become a joke to much of the world’s population.

To sum up the situation, despite personal freedoms we also have political tyranny as oppressive in its own way as any authoritarian, dictatorial government. Americans have lost the revolutionary spirit of their ancestors. Americans are unable to revolt, despite revolting conditions. They have accepted the tyranny of taxation with MISrepresentation. The political criminal conspiracy has successfully used cultural genetic manipulation to replace the DNA of revolutionary courage with the DNA of distractive, self-indulgent consumerism. Our primary freedom is to borrow and spend. Our currency should read “In Greed We Trust”. We have populist consumerism, not populist politics. Divisive politics keeps people fighting each other rather than uniting against the rotten system.


Few Americans are dissidents. Many more block the painful truth that their cherished democracy is a fraud. The land of the free is no longer the home of the brave. Foreign enemies are used to keep people from bravely fighting domestic tyrants.

With false hope, voters believe that the right Democrat or Republican will do what none of their predecessors has done, and that campaign rhetoric and promises will actually translate to post-election action and policy. Voters fail to understand the depth of our culture of dishonesty, which has also invaded the voting process.

Like magicians using slight of words and misdirection, politicians (and those that own them) have trivialised the fact that about half of the electorate does not vote. Non-voters have been blamed when the corrupt system is at fault. But rather than see non-voters as apathetic we should perhaps see them acting rationally because voting is unproductive. Non-voters should never feel guilty, only proud to have sent a none-of-the-above rejection message.

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Joel S. Hirschhorn was a senior official at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the National Governors Association, and is the author of Delusional Democracy - Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government. Reach him through

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