Meaningless election looms at Stormont

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With Martin McGuinness resigning as Deputy First Minister and Sinn Fein declining to nominate a deputy first miniter an election is almost certainly going to be called and the electoral circus will once again come to town.  

Please excuse this writer's election fatigue - with this being the third election in 12 months on this island - as I begin this short post off with a well used phrase: "Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth".

The Green and Orange politics of the north almost guarantees us that we will be returned with a Sinn Féin - DUP government, meaning that, yep you guessed it(!), if voting changed anything here it would be illegal.

Stormont isn't set up to deliver change, it's set up to guarantee business as usual for the rich and scrapings for the poor. Voting creates the illusion of change while really reinforcing the same old tired structures.

Our dreams are bigger than their ballot box. As anarchists we don't believe you can vote the revolution in; Syriza is a very real recent example of this. Neo-liberalism has factored elections into its systems and processes, the state's tools will never bring the state down.

Instead we argue, and we fight for a complete hollowing out of the current system. For a bottom-up revolution founded upon the principals of solidarity, mutual aid, and direct democracy with the elimination of all forms of oppression as the key goal.

We will be expanding more on some of the topics and issues raised within this post over the coming weeks. 

An injury to one is an injury to all - a victory for one is a victory for all.