What are your thoughts on elections?

I do not believe that elections will solve the depth of economic and social problems now besetting the United Staets and global capitalism. Long ago, elections became a site where those who benefit from the status quo have learned how to maintain it by effectively buying politicians, parties, think tanks molding public opinion and perhaps also the very machines that count the votes. That does not mean that people have no weapons to move society away from that status quo, but it does mean that reliance on elections would be a strategic error. I hope nothing I said suggests otherwise. Elections - despite all the rigging of them that money and power allow - still offer some opportunities to voice peoples' views and should be used to do that but only within a far broader strategy of finding and using many other modes of pushing for social change (from internet blogging to street demonstrations to movement building at worksites and communities)