Election

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Concept.png Election 
(event,  “democracy”)Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Interest ofOperation Blackout
Subpage(s)Election/Fraud
The event in where people choose between multiple options in a contest, usually politics.
"The public sucks, fuck hope" - George Carlin, 1993, HBO.

Elections are a part of the party political system, and a part of the "democratic" system. National elections typically take place every 4-5 years. In many, perhaps most, countries, elections are routinely won by one of just 2-3 large political parties.

Official narrative

Wikipedia writes that elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 1700s.[1]

Concerns

Wikipedia writes that "Scholars argue that the predominance of elections masks the fact that they are actually aristocratic selection mechanisms that deny each citizen an equal chance of holding public office. Such views were expressed as early as the time of Ancient Greece by Aristotle. According to French political scientist Bernard Manin, the non-egalitarian nature of elections stems from four factors: the unequal treatment of candidates by voters, the distinction of candidates required by choice, the cognitive advantage conferred by salience, and the costs of disseminating information. These four factors result in the evaluation of candidates based on voters' partial standards of quality and social saliency (for example, skin color and good looks). This leads to self-selection biases in candidate pools due to nonobjective standards of treatment by voters and the costs (barriers to entry) associated with raising one's political profile. Ultimately, the result is the election of candidates who are superior (whether in actuality or as perceived within a cultural context) and objectively unlike the voters they are supposed to represent".[2]

Fraud

Why Your Vote Didn't Count - AJ+, 2018
Full article: Election/Fraud

The Langemann Papers revealed that Le Cercle was active attempting to influence elections in Europe in the 1970s. In 2018, the first Integrity Initiative Leak included a file xCountry.pdf which alphabetically listed the large nation states of Europe, and the US, together with the timing of their next election. Along side most of these countries were a set of people, email address and institutional affiliation. Traditionally, voting systems used paper, and were carried out according to protocols intended to minimize the chance of fraud. In recent years, especially in the US, there has been a push towards more easily defrauded, digital systems.

Interfering

Full article: Integrity Initiative
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Quite a lot of the IfS' activity was carried out under the "Integrity Initiative" label, which carried the stated desire to fight "Russian Propaganda". The director Dan Kaszeta described the group in his "Notes for Israel" as “Not just a “think tank” offering yet another discussion forum but also a “do tank”.” [3] He added that "We have good contacts in government in UK and other governments (Argentina, Baltic States, Lithuania, etc.")[4]

The II organised secret "clusters" of like minded people who would follow instructions from London to promote a particular message (the first Integrity Initiative Leak includes a timeline of the groups efforts to interfere in the Spanish government's appointment and thus preventing democratic processes). As with the IfS in general, a Russophobic perpetual war mentality appears to beset the II. One of the main criteria for inclusion in a "cluster" seems to be "awareness" of the "Russian threat". At least one of the documents makes explicit mention of the need to increase military spending. The leaked documents and the II/IfS publications make almost no mention of "peace", seemingly even trying to steer democratic processes even in allied countries of the UK/US.

CIA

The CIA has instigated dozens of covert regime change actions. Later attempts to reign in the CIA failed, but were effective at making its locus of operations more international and therefore harder to detect using the limited resources available to the US government. The US has attempted to overthrow more than 50 national governments, most of them being popular/democratic rather than tyrannical. While bombings with aircraft leave evidence in most cases, covert operations may be difficult to prove. [5]




 

Examples

Page nameDescription
2016 London mayoral electionThe "big first test" for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party
2017 Frinton by-electionlocal election in 2017
2021 Canadian federal electionJustin Trudeau's gamble?
2021 German parliamentary electionPossibly the most important German election in decades. Social media ruthlessly deleted charges of election fraud - which probably means there is something to it.
2021 Hartlepool by-electionThe Tories win a seat in the post-industrial working class heartland. Labour had held this seat since 1959.
2021 Japanese general electionGeneral election in Japan mid-COVID. Terror attack on polling day. A mandate for vaccine passports?
2021 Newfoundland and Labrador general electionThe first postal voting-only election in Canada. Hampered by COVID-19 , the voting process was not simple. Unsurprisingly, the results couldn't have been better for the governing Liberals.
2021 North Shropshire by-electionBy-election in Shropshire.
2022 French presidential electionThe presidential election in France was a referendum on Macron.
Next Libyan presidential electionPostponed presidential election in Libya mid-COVID.
October 2022 Conservative Party leadership electionUnprecedented stitch-up?
UK/2019 European Parliament electionsThe elections that ended the Premiership of Theresa May
UK/General election
US/Presidential Election

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
George Carlin“It's a big club, and you ain't in it.

In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”
George Carlin
George Carlin“On Election Day, I stay home. Two reasons: first of all, voting is meaningless; this country was bought and paid for a long time ago. That empty shit they shuffle around and repackage every four years doesn't mean a thing. Second, I don't vote, because I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. I know some people like to twist that around and say, "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain." But where's the logic in that? Think it through: If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and you screw things up, then you're responsible for what they've done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote—who, in fact, did not even leave the house on Election Day—am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created. Which I had nothing to do with. Why can't people see that?”George Carlin
George Carlin“The things that matter in this country have been reduced in choice, there are two political parties, there are a handful insurance companies, there are six or seven information centers...but if you want a bagel there are 23 flavors. Because you have the illusion of choice!”George Carlin
Deep state“Although elected representatives are supposed to be the ruling power we see them coming and going while the true powers in our lives — political parties, bureaucracies, business corporations, the media, institutions of law and justice, quangos, international treaty agreements, financial systems, regulators etcetera — get on with business.”Ivo Mosley2013
Bill Gates“The closer you get to [government] and see how the sausage is made, the more you go, oh my God! These guys don’t even actually know the budget. . . . The idea that all these people are going to vote and have an opinion about subjects that are increasingly complex — where what seems, you might think . . . the easy answer [is] not the real answer. It’s a very interesting problem. Do democracies faced with these current problems do these things well?”Bill Gates2013
Howard ZinnVoting is fairly easy and convenient but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.”Howard ZinnApril 2008

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Brief on Monitoring Moldovan 2019 ElectionsBriefing26 December 2018Integrity Initiative
Artur Gherman?
"As a conclusion, it is absolutely important for foreign missions and observers to start monitoring the Moldovan elections already now, since elections are made long before the voting date!"
Document:Discussion with Artur Gherman re the situation in Moldova, 28 01 2017Discussion26 December 2018Integrity Initiative
Document:The last nail in the coffin of Moldovan democracy?analysis26 December 2018Integrity Initiative


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