Why should we even bother to choose

Dear gentlemen X, Y, Z!

I accept your request, one Declaration of support for the KPÖ to give you my fundamental objections to the whole electoral circus.

My previous declaration of support for the National Council election came about in such a way that my former fellow student A. B. angerert me: We have so little time and the National Council election is just around the corner and please please! and so I did him a favor and wrote to him, ok, as long as I didn't choose have to go because of you, I'll do it so that poor soul has a rest.

Otherwise, my attitude towards elections is:


Once, in the early days of the KPÖ, there was a debate about whether this party should take part in elections. The arguments were something like this: The bourgeois state is an instrument of class rule, its institutions serve to maintain the separation into rich and poor and ensure that the poor have to go to work for the rich and always remain poor themselves. Are we supposed to support this by voting people into these institutions - and thereby validating the institutions?
The debate was then ended by a decision of the Comintern, and all communist parties were obliged to vote.

Today, no KPO member would think of what a communist party - which somehow suggests in its name that it is against private property and all capitalism based on it - has actually lost on a ballot paper?
Your letter is a fine example of this: you are not giving any reasons why you want to vote for the European Parliament and why I should support you in it - no, you of course assume that I think voting is also a good thing and I will therefore support your concerns and I only have to be persuaded so that I take the trouble to trot on to the church and have the wipe confirmed. So the only reason not to do it is you guess Convenience. That it objection against voting does not even occur to you. And that is also consistent. If you had to explain why I should support you in your efforts to run for the European parliamentary elections, you would find it difficult. You can neither see what I need the European Parliament for nor what the KPÖ is doing there.

Year in, year out, the KPÖ competes in National Council elections - and now also European parliamentary elections - knowing full well that it has zero chances of getting in. While it is still possible from time to time to get a mandate at the municipal council level, it is impossible at the national level or across the EU. For this, the KPÖ rushes into expenses and strains its already badly shrunk fortune. Its members take part in the election campaign and sacrifice their free time for it.

You only notice this party in pre-election times. Otherwise you can hardly see or hear anything from her.

In any case, she is not making propaganda against capitalism. It does not clarify the workforce about that Contrast between capital and labor on. Instead, it annoys the audience regularly with moral indignation about some villains, scapegoats, i.e. groups of people who prevent our supposedly wonderful social system from pouring out its blessings on the less well-off social classes: politicians who let capital buy them and then back to entrepreneurs put the little man's tax money in his pockets. Complaints of injustice and human wickedness. And then you turn to precisely those lousy subjects who have just been accused of all sorts of bad things, and ask them for all kinds of things that should actually be against their interests.

One really wonders what Marx wrote his “Critique of Political Economy” for and why he wanted to justify socialism scientifically, if not even a party that appeals to him takes the trouble to look into his works and see one thing or to bring to mind other arguments.
And anyway, the demands of the KPÖ! If you believe her or accept her view of things, then there is poverty and misery only because it is not yet the right one tax rate has been found for the various classes of the population!

Finally, to close: Marx writes in the “Critique of the Gotha Program” about democracy that it is the “last form of government in bourgeois society” in which “the class struggle is definitely to be fought out”.

He did not mean running for European parliamentary elections.