I know Contrapoints isn't really even a "left" youtuber, in the sense that she does not identify herself with socialism, but seeing as she is both watched by a lot of self-identified socialists and that she is representing a viewpoint that is also endorsed by many American left parties (hilariously the DSA is still not endorsing Biden, and their original statement on it was actually good), this feels like a problem for the American left. Not Contrapoints specifically, not her platform or whatever, but the enduring delusion that is surrounding the presidency.
Especially at this moment, when we just saw what happened in Bolivia, this delusion needs to be dispelled to move forward. Contrapoints makes it clear that she thinks it is ridiculous and childish to not vote for Biden. Completely the opposite! It is ridiculous and childish to think that voting for Biden at all alleviates the conditions for a Trump, or for a reactionary movement! Again, look to what happened in Bolivia. The government of Áñez gave immunity to police forces for murdering civilians. They massacred people in Bolivia. And yet, within a year their government is out. Why is that? Is it because people "got out the vote"?
This is a boring rhetorical game but it is paramount that people get this at some point. It is the electoral liberal who is being ridiculous and childish. The way you protect yourself from an out of control state is not to choose who is your representative there. It is to organize against the state, to be able to bend the state to your will if need be, just like they did in Bolivia. And these people will gladly suggest that they support organizing after Biden is elected, but in what they focus on and how they talk about it you can see the total bankruptcy of this attempt to deflect the substantive criticism. They mock and deride people for how "unrealistic" they are being when they say they are disinterested in voting. They simultaneously say voting doesn't matter, and then say that voting against Trump is the highest imperative of your life. I think Contrapoints in that video actually said it is the most important thing she has ever done.
Even the American left, let alone the average American, is far too convinced of the farce of American politics. They really don't get it, you are not class-conscious in the Marxist sense if you don't understand how deeply the bourgeois state is your enemy, and the implications of that. It doesn't mean you don't engage in elections, but the emphasis of all of your political activity should be in distinguishing the working class movement from the state, empowering it to combat the state. The fact that the Bolivian state was captured by vicious reactionaries who were willing to massacre their opponents, as well as threaten them with annihilation at various points, and yet those forces still failed to maintain power just goes to show where the direction of determination tends to be. The state's power and authority is underwritten by the strength of the social structures beneath it, namely the class society and its conditions. When the working class is organized against their class enemies, it doesn't matter if their class enemies have the state. The state is ultimately powerless against waves of sabotage and strikes. The soldiers can't run the entire nation, they can only threaten you and kill you if you don't. It is up to the left to build working class power, that is what real political power is. That is exactly how you actually secure your safety and prosperity, not in turning to whip your own class and berate them for their lack of realism if they fail to vote for a senile bourgeois suit.