Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Purging Voting Rolls, Erecting Barriers, and Limiting Circulations


The news media is widely discussing the decision by the US Supreme Court to allow purging of voter registration rolls:
John Nichols (2018, June 11) How Did the Supreme Court Give a Green Light to Massive Voter Suppression? Two words: Neil Gorsuch. The Nation https://www.thenation.com/article/supreme-court-give-green-light-massive-voter-suppression/
On Monday, the Court released its ruling in the case of Hustad v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, an essential test of the Court’s stance regarding voting rights. With the critical 2018 election just months away, the Court’s activist majority gave Republican secretaries of state a go-ahead to resume the antidemocratic practice of purging fully qualified voters from registration rolls. It was a 5-4 decision.
I admit to becoming increasingly nervous by the election of right-wing governments seemingly everywhere and the growing deployment of purging - purging immigrants and voters for example - as a technique of government.

Purging, or what Saskia Sassen describes as Expulsions, and the erection of barriers, as described by Wendy Brown, limiting circulations of devalued people and ideas do not bode well for our collective future, particularly as these projects are executed by what Althusser described as "repressive apparatuses."

Today's repressive apparatuses are as likely to be corporate contractors as they are likely to be government agencies.

Across sectors, the repressive apparatuses grow, threatening us all with their purges and walls.

Note on Foucault: governmentality is becoming overtly sovereign.

 

22 comments:

  1. Do you actually approve of dead people voting? Or illegal aliens voting? There is no legitimate reason why every citizen wishing to vote can not produce a picture ID. Several decades ago there may have been legitimate reasons for some people lacking these and facing barriers to acquiring them--but that is no longer true. We also need to use paper ballots and make recounts easy to effect. Citizens can also check to see if they are registered periodically. We do not need slothful citizens who can not even do that. In my area more people vote than are registered to vote. Something like 110% turn out. I am not a fan of mail in ballots either. However, I do think major election days should be Holidays.

    "Governmentality"? As I have mentioned before I do not find Foucault a rewarding thinker. His books' titles promise a lot and deliver almost nothing. Post modernism, cultural Marxism, deconstructionism, etc. mostly lead in circles. What do people find in this material that so fascinates them? And why do the thinkers so often turn out to be wretched people? Like Rousseau, Marx, Foucault . . . Marx seemed to lack anything in the way of ethics. For that matter the French after WWII with a few exceptions produced some really odd persons like Sartre and his love of the Soviet Union. Have you watched videos of contemporary Paris? Not so romantic anymore. In fact Europe with the EU has become an undesirable place to live. The German judge who told a defendant and her attorney, Truth is no defense, perfectly sums up Europe today.

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    1. Kgb political officer back to scold Majia for not going with the propaganda and party line. They are not content with denying our right to vote. Not content with poisoning us, stealing, killing our loved ones and precious planet. Not content with jailing us, starving us, torturing us.
      They must have control of thoughts and words. Rigging voting machines. Taking hard working american, tax paying citizens off voter roles and blocking their access to polling stations in the south based on race. Labeling voters with offenses that are not true. Only instances of individual voting fraud at polling booths have been republican celebritis. What an evil demon this spook is. A curse on it! May this creepy crawler thing burn in hell soon.

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    2. "In my area more people vote than are registered to vote. Something like 110% turn out"

      What voting area, in the United States, do you live in William? What area are you talking about William? Will you please give us proof, that the votes tallyed in your area are 110% of the registered voters? Would you show us a credentialed, certified document that verifies, that 110% people voted in your voting district?

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  2. When was your right to vote denied? Are you against paper ballots? Voter ID's? Do you favor your dead ancestors voting?
    Your KGB is a bit out of date. How do you know that I am not connected to Iran or China? How much time does it take to check to see if you are registered to vote?

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    1. Kgb is a reference to the totalitarian fascist republican war machine that has now compltetely consolidated power u dissembled operative thing

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    2. The dissemble operative thing is against paper ballots. It is against a democratic process that insures all citizens equal access to voting enrollment and actually going through the act of voting without being blocked. This is a terribly evil country. U know what this means majia. Arpaio had huge open concentration camps. Now they are everywhere. Even most internet sites are controlled by the war party. There is not even any real dissent allowed.

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    3. It is "dissembling operative" . . . well written comments count for more than those with misspellings and bad grammar. You would benefit from spending some time outside the USA which by the contrast would no longer appear to you as a terribly evil country. "There is not even any real dissent allowed." Are you an example of someone who champions dissent? I had not noticed.

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    4. Ywhere is the prood that a 110% voted in boulder u stupid little thing. Some people use smart phones sometimes. U r a dissembled political operative and a liar. Hopefully th plutonium from rocky mountain flats will get to you soon lying shill

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  3. A handful of people have now brutally taken over. We should have NEVER ALLOWED IT. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse. The real horrors will begin soon

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  4. I don't mind divergences of opinion expressed at my blog. William and I disagree all the time. Please be civil even though we disagree!

    I have no way of judging people's intentions or authenticity so I believe its best to let the reader decide what is true and ethical.

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  5. Purging voter rolls is the most undemocratic thing they can do in this country. U know it , they know it. It is what bush did in ohio to stay in power after 911 and murdering, so many in illegal war. This is now an openly, one-party country. VOing is openly repressed. The internet is now openly repressed. The media is a part of it. Your blog is true. They . This thing is a political operattive. People on other sites are now threatened or arrested for posting opinions.that is how evil they have become. They are so power hungry and evil. They have to go to WHAT IS left of free sites and demand people accept their lies and repression. You do not seem sick and twisted like them. It is a crime.

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  6. The police actively setup roadblocks in black neighborhoods and polling stations, under gw bush. This is a signal that they will do that, purge polls and worse. You know it is true Majia. The open oppression and repression is very real and in the open now. You write about it.

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    1. Agreed. Here in AZ there were charges of interference in voting in the last election. We are entering a period of massive and systematic DISPOSSESSION.

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    2. There wer many instances of road blocks by police, in black voting precincts in the south, illinois, missouri and ohio. It was to harrass black people and keep them from voting. I was posting on this blog before the st. George thing. It is an operative. It has gone beyond polemic discussions many times,to ugly bigotry, racism, and ugly hate speech. It would be the same sort of thing a gestapo political officer or party elite would have done in germany. It is a tragic symptom of this time.

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  7. It is useless to engage an operative or bot in discussion because, its intention is as a political officer to lie propagandize and cast the one party line. Facts do not matter. It is how things got this far.

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  8. I completely agree with you in everything u said in your last blog net neutrality ends. Unfortunately it was one of the few clear honest essays about what has happened to the internet This writers intentions are to bring forward some truth about what is going on with the rot and poverty in america and the push by the few in power to obscure things like open tent city camps , chilren in warehouses with mylar blanket.  The elite has allowed it to go this far. There is not even a real choice of political parties. Extremist authoritarians that are openly racism bigot based hate and white nationalism in a divese country . They ecourage degrading poverty for a majority of people and punish them for it. They then take strangle the mechanism of voting and peoples ability to change a brutal system.

    https://www.socio-political-journal.com/2014/06/feds-shipping-hundreds-of-immigrant.html?m=1

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tent+cities+children+seattle&FORM=HDRSC2&PC=SMSM 

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=DeueaJz1&id=59D1D930D2F40D30A3BB02B06E1283D093BFBE7D&thid=OIP.DeueaJz1ujBKD5LXumgvugHaE8&q=tent+cities+children+seattle&simid=608029434290965465&selectedIndex=0&PC=SMSM&ajaxhist=0

    http://solartopia.org/category/supreme-court/

    Are this writers intentions any less clear majia? I do not think u support the strangling of democracy that this captured judiciary made







    Our right to vote and ability to vote is the most fundamental rights in the constitution.people who have been abused tortuted forced into starvation not know whether they will be alive tomorrow und gw bush. Know what is happening. Veterans who went to irag afgahnistan , vietnam who saw the genocides the war crimes the atrocities know. Now the power to take it further is consolidated again, though there was a razor thin democracy for all those years with the duopoly. It is a time when the elite has decalred open war on the majority of americans.

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  9. I am certainly learning something on this blog though I am unsure just what? I find that if I keep conversations to dogs, the weather and occasionally cats that I can keep the interactions harmonious. I live in Boulder County CO which might for all I know be hyper Trump. Why risk a serious social faux pas by bringing up a political topic? I rarely see a black person -- racist area? Only once in the last five years have I seen a hijab or should it be an hijab? Islamophobic? My mother used to wear head scarves which look similarly. Possibly Boulder the city is very sexist and homophobic. I have no way of knowing since I avoid going in there due to several things including terrible traffic. Although once a California phile that is no longer true. Maybe the right wing Christians are correct -- Tower of Babel. If there were a political party I would join it would have to have the following members: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Camus, Spinoza, Plato, Alfred North Whitehead, J P Farrell, Samuel Beckett, Brahms, and many others as members. In which case I guess it would have its dead members voting regularly. Sorry. Could I register in your area to vote as Edgar Allan Poe? No ID or birth certificate. I could show the person doing the paperwork a copy of The Raven as proof of my identity--of course, a current one!

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  10. Still no proof that 110% voted lying evil lttle creep.

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    1. Don't even look for it. I am not your secretary. It's clear that you have time to waste and money to burn, so do it yourself.

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  11. It is a time when the elite has declared open war on the majority of americans and there is no democratic process left.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/black-politics-bush-era-fallout-2000-will-continue/

    How to Make Over One Million Votes Disappear - Election 2000
    PDFStanford University › law › election2000 › ...
    South Carolina . .... and George W. Bush. In fact ... Disabled voters in at least 18 states reported inaccessible polling stations and .... the polls to cast a vote for President, only to have their vote discarded.

    http://bradblog.com/?p=11922
    Voter suppression 2016

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=1025
    Electronic vote rigging


    http://freepress.org/article/unraveling-rigged-election-%E2%80%93-fitrakis-wasserman
    Vote rigging

    https://www.thenation.com/article/there-are-868-fewer-places-to-vote-in-2016-because-the-supreme-court-gutted-the-voting-rights-act/

    It is good that Trump is appearing to do something for peace though Korea is a cia illusion.

    This really happened. @realDonaldTrump to Kim: 'Let's talk business. Sheldon Adelson wants to put a casino in North Korea.' Hence the reference to beaches, real-estate in his presser. (Yes, I know there was just them and the interpreters present. But # of bugs in that room?)

    What did trump really do in Korea? What is going on in america

    https://nuclear-news.net/2018/06/09/nuclear-summit-a-diplomatic-meeting-unlike-any-other-in-history-theme-for-june-18/

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  12. Your solution, hand made, become a member of the Elite yourself and report back. You will have to have a name though so check the NYC phone book and pick a handsome one. Get going as there is no time to lose.

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  13. A handful of people have now brutally taken over. We should have NEVER ALLOWED IT. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse. The real horrors will begin soon

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