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From His Sickbed, on Powerful Drugs, the Very Smart Jim Henley Addresses the People of the United States of America on the Election

Jim Henley:

Justice Will Take Us Millions of Intricate Moves, Some of Them Annoying and Even Dispiriting: Social democrats, civil-libertarians, peaceniks, Occupy-symps, environmental “extremists,” left-libertarians and DFHs of America – that is to say, my people. Let’s talk about the election for a minute.

Conor Friedersdorf wrote a thing and then Henry Farrell wrote a thing and then I wrote a thing and then Erik Loomis misread several things, and suddenly, otherwise-pleasant center-left venues like Lawyers, Guns and Money and Mother Jones became as avid for hippie-punching as any Sunday-morning roundtable of Very Serious Persons. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. I want to talk about the election. For a minute.

I can’t tell you what you, mon semblable, ma sœur, should do about this situation. Instead I’ll tell you what I’m doing. Cause it’s my blog.

I personally don’t think anything we do re this November’s ballot, including voting Libertarian or Green, will fix the country’s bipartisan commitment to militarism and panopticon. So I favor deciding what to do with November’s ballot for other reasons. That does unfortunately mean choosing which slate of war criminals should occupy the White House starting in January, as opposed to whether a slate of war criminals should do so.

That hurts! I mean, I’m not putting you on here. It’s a shitty choice. In my case it compounds the stupidity I feel over thinking I was voting for something else entirely in 2008, and I hate feeling stupid. The reasons why I think it’s worth doing anyway are:

  1. This (making the country more humane) is going to take more than one night.
  2. On issues from health care to women’s rights, a Democratic victory will make many people’s lives better than a Republican one.
  3. The actual voting will be over quickly.
  4. Because voting will be over quickly, it will not stop us from doing all the other things we might choose to do to make the country genuinely better over time.