Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Ghost Of IOZ

As a rule, the most unseemly thing about any presidential candidate is his desire to be president. How is it that making zillions in private equity isn't enough? How was it that the ruling over an entire American state did not quench your thirst for power? What insatiable impulse drives your dark ambition to reign over the richest nation on earth? Surely the person put in charge of the sentient drone army should not display a naked desperation for dominance. Surely the answer to this yearning for power isn’t nomination but therapy.

So speaks Kerry Howley over at Slate (oddly enough, in the XXFactor section, misogynistically subtitled "what women really think"). If that first paragraph didn't raise the hairs on the nape of your neck, then perhaps the rest will: Howley writes an impassioned plea to vote for an unpopular third-party Marxist candidate who, even if she were to receive enough votes, would be too young to serve as President anyway. It is the best US election commentary I have read this year, and certainly the best article on Slate ever.


  1. Yeah, I saw that too. And I think I'm going to write her name in. Who better than a young black female socialist! Oh if only she could win...

  2. The only way it could be better is if she were a radical anarchist. That said, it's so perfect that it feels churlish to complain.

  3. Wow. Just wow!

    I just posted a less eloquent version of this very idea at Anarcurious! LOL