Lesser Evil Voting

Although I think a very strong affirmative case can be made for voting for Hillary Clinton, some liberals are obsessed with viewing this election as one of voting for the “lesser evil.”  And in this framework, voting for the “lesser evil” is a practical, yet unexciting and impure choice.  Noam Chomsky has made a clear argument for why voting for Hillary Clinton is imperative for all liberals.  His An Eight Point Brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting) ends:

However, the left should also recognize that, should Trump win based on its failure to support Clinton, it will repeatedly face the accusation (based in fact), that it lacks concern for those sure to be most victimized by a Trump administration.

Often this charge will emanate from establishment operatives who will use it as a bad faith justification for defeating challenges to corporate hegemony either in the Democratic Party or outside of it. They will ensure that it will be widely circulated in mainstream media channels with the result that many of those who would otherwise be sympathetic to a left challenge will find it a convincing reason to maintain their ties with the political establishment rather than breaking with it, as they must.

Conclusion: by dismissing a “lesser evil” electoral logic and thereby increasing the potential for Clinton’s defeat the left will undermine what should be at the core of what it claims to be attempting to achieve.

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Lesser Evil Voting

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