Anarchists like me make a big deal about abandoning the vote & politics, but we rarely talk about the concept of civil servants (the picture for reference is of Sir Humphrey from Yes Minister, the poster child of the senior civil servant). These are the people we employ
with taxes to run the nightmare scenario that is the government. They are who you actually deal with when you go to the dmv, interact with trigger happy cops, or get a demand from the extortion team known as the irs.
Unlike an employee of a business, however, you can't easily fire or even demote a civil servant. Often when they behave in a corrupt or malfeasant manner, they are rewarded with a high powered job in the private sector, or in the case of police they get a paid vacation. If they work against the system to try to benefit society (by whistle blowing for instance) , they become the target of character assassination, imprisonment, or actual assassination.
It doesn't matter how many righteous politicians get elected to any office. There are millions of civil service employees who actually implement the laws and ordinances of the nation. They make the system work the way it does, and benefit from the revolving door of corruption inherent in our democracy. We cannot control them, but they can control us and punish us with impunity.
This is just another reason why voting doesn't matter, why the system cannot work, and why we must #endthestate