W.E.B. DuBois on why he won't vote in 1956

In 1956, I shall not go to the polls. I have not registered. I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no "two evils" exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say....

[H]ow does Stevenson differ from Eisenhower? He uses better English than Dulles, thank God! He has a sly humor, where Eisenhower has none. Beyond this, Stevenson stands on the race question in the South not far from where his godfather Adlai stood sixty-three years ago, which reconciles him to the South. He has no clear policy on war or preparation for war; on water and flood control; on reduction of taxation; on the welfare state....

I have no advice for others in this election. Are you voting Democratic? Well and good; all I ask is why? Are you voting for Eisenhower and his smooth team of bright ghost writers? Again, why? Will your helpless vote either way support or restore democracy to America?

--W.E.B. Du Bois, October 20, 1956 in the Nation magazine

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Hum, too bad he speaks of

Hum, too bad he speaks of democracy as if it were a good thing :(

So DuBois was wrong, and therefore so are we?

In summary, it appears that he was disgusted with American politics because he had lost hope in progress. However, among the things he enumerated was the political situation of blacks. He was wrong to expect no change.

And today we echo his hopelessness. So is the implied lesson that we are wrong?

The size and dedication of

The size and dedication of the Civil Rights movement proved him wrong.

Are we on the verge of something similar for libertarianism?

Voters, Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Em

“And that's the rub: Political scientists have known for over 40 years, when detailed election data began to appear, that most of the millions of people who vote have no settled political ideology. You and your friends may watch all the political talk shows on Sunday morning. But most people don't.
The originator of the notion of politics as eternally wet cement was Philip Converse of the University of Michigan. His study, ‘The American Voter,’ with Angus Campbell , remains the basic starting point for all arguments over why people vote. It is why a John McCain or Hillary Clinton pay political professionals huge fees -- to match the content of their candidate's next speech with what's tripping through the minds of 50%plus listeners. In short, divining the collective mind of 121 million U.S. presidential election voters remains-- a deep and unsolvable mystery.”
Shamelessly stolen quote from Daniel Henniger DANIEL HENNINGER
Thursday, May 10, 2007Wall Street Journal

Brilliant though he was, Dubois hitched his star to Joseph Stalin and “ non-denominational Christian and a Marxist socialist” Kwame Nkrumah.
So democracy sucks. I wouldn’t use Dubois as my guide to alternative means of organizing society. Now if only he had read Ayn Rand. Fat chance of that.
Get out your barf bag if you dare read this: On Stalin
By W.E.B. DuBois
From the National Guardian,
March 16, 1953
http://www.northstarcompass.org/nsc0003/stalweb.htm
Nice choice Dubois.