Let's Study Election Policies!

The Collective Study Group, fresh from success in our inquiry about cultural domination, decided to turn next to election policies.

No aspect of political struggle confuses so many, raises such high tempers, and divides activists as much as the argument over electoral policies. As this is written, a large part of the activist population of Egypt is celebrating the democracy in their ongoing elections, and another large part is calling for an electoral boycott and suffering at the hands and weapons of soldiers for saying so. The 2012 elections are upon us, and divisions are beginning to appear among the activists who support(ed) the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Here are some questions we might try to answer:

One of the mainstays of our Collective Study Group has already dug up some good resources:

This outstanding article sums up the electoral process in the US and points out why it's hard for small parties to have candidates:
http://politicalaffairs.net/fighting-for-socialism-in-a-backward-liberal-democracy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PoliticalAffairsMagazine+%28Political+Affairs+Magazine%29&utm_content=Google+Reader


A few things from Youtube on how things work:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkqEdlRDKfo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwDEE_4VDxA&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok_VQ8I7g6I&feature=related

Should only well-informed people vote? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvl0lqhCVio

Why are voters' rights currently being restricted? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNpGtrisCPY

How will the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision impact upcoming elections? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5kHACjrdEY

For a right-wing apology for the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUdFaIYzNwU

 

We might also review our earlier lessons on tactics and strategies and on class struggle to see if anything there applies to electoral problems.

Let me know if you're interested in digging up more resources, participating in discussions, and writing up our results!