What is your opinion on accelerationism, the idea that leftists should vote for authoritarian causes in order to make labour conditions so exploitative that the only choice for the working class is to rise in revolution?
I think a lot of this can be reduced to our informed relationship with the greater social body. If leftists vote for these measures, then it would appear on the surface that there is support for them. Without an outlet or any mainstream dissent, where would this revolution come from, then? Resistance must be visible, built at every point, on every candidate, and on every bill. It takes me 45 minutes to vote, drive and parking included, and I feel like this is a very small price to pay for trying to ensure that the “”pro-life”” candidate who wants to dismantle Planned Parenthood isn’t elected.
Even so, I don’t agree with this one-dimensional arithmetic that pushing a greater evil plus increased repression equals an earlier revolution. Suffering isn’t some enzyme that kicks off a cascade reaction for results we might find favorable. I’d argue that people are actually less inclined to resistance when they’re in a rougher spot, because that kind of change wouldn’t provide immediate relief. When someone is getting crunched between their job, their obligations, and their debt, ‘revolution’ is nothing but a word.
But now that’s all completely moot. It doesn’t matter what my take is when fascists and white supremacists are being legitimized and going to set policy. Social acceleration hinges on whether we have a say anymore, and we don’t. It doesn’t matter how we view this, we simply need to adapt. They set the tune for us and now we’ve gotta dance to it.