Talk:Criticisms of electoral politics

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Are anarchists, libertarians, and communists the only critics? That doesn't seem entirely true. ReverendG 21:49, 2 July 2006 (UTC)

Indeed; Nazi Germany opposed electoralism, Fascist Italy, and many right-wing dictatorships; so called "enlightenment dictators" as Napoleon opposed it. Many without party or political bent opposed it. Many philosophers from Plato onward opposed it in principle. Much can still be written on this topic; a very narrow angle is what we have: but that is fine for the time being; most wikipedia articles begin with one individual who has knowledge of only one specific direction of the topic well enough to delineate the subject matter in a written encyclopedic manner. Our criticism of the criticism article however is necessary for those with good attested examples of other manners and historical instances, verifiable quotes and all, of criticisms of electoralism to come forth out of the woodwork and contribute their particular facet or pinch of knowledge. We beseech the reader to do so and gladly if it is to their interest they do so. (talk) 11:14, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

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Article overhaul[edit]

I'm looking to do somewhat of an overhaul on this article in order to provide some legitimacy to the information already here through additional citations and information from a more global perspective. I'd like to start with getting a better sense of what the actual focus of this article should be, especially because anti-electoralism can have an entirely different meaning from being anti-election or even anti-voting. I am looking to reorganize the article's contents in order to provide more and more concise perspectives. Below is my general outline for the changes I'm proposing. I'm still looking into appropriate sources since a lot of the ideological material is not necessarily backed up by extensive research and can come across as opinion, rather than encyclopedic when reiterated on the Wikipedia. Let me know of any suggestions you may have for sources, additional Wikis to look at or a different article structure!


  • Better explain the concept of electoral politics as it will be addressed in the article
  • Make distinction between representative democracy or types of election mechanisms and the use of voting systems more generally
  • Remove references to only the Northern Hemisphere perspective
  • Further research into how to make the article representative of a worldview

Contents Divide criticisms by-

  • Ideological criticisms: Anarchist, Revolutionary Communist, Libertarian
  • Scholarly: Divide by either text or scholars
  • Historical: Tangible, real life issues or concerns; can divide by hemisphere or country here

Add an Alternatives to electoral politics section
See also

  • Add links to general voting and electoral systems pages
  • Add links to Wikipedia pages focusing on the specific criticisms or alternatives to voting

Brianaburroughs (talk) 09:19, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

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Why isn't this topic covered summary style in Electoral politics and only split summary style as necessary? What about its sourcing justifies the split? czar 20:05, 2 October 2017 (UTC)