I understand what you are saying, but if voting doesn’t change anything because of corruption, because those that control the system lord over and are isolated from the working stiffs, because those with power are ideologically rigid, among other things, then voting alone won’t change anything. If Nazis didn’t smash the opposition, but instead rigged the system so they could never win in elections, would your friend think that voting is always a cure for our problems? Lots of people, say poor people, don’t feel represented in the system. They shouldn’t. Neither party cares much about them. Up to 45,000 Americans will die between now and 12/27/19 because of our healthcare system, and the leaders of the more “progressive” party still want to debate whether or not to do anything really about that despite strong support from the general public, and even stronger support from the rank and file within their own party for an actual solution, which is single payer. These same people, most of whom will not be around themselves when the environment goes to hell, aren’t sold on saving human civilization. To me, the issue isn’t people choosing not to vote, it is people not being involved in activism, not being involved in social movements, and the left, who have actual solutions, who would empower the poor and working people, has only now started to re-emerge. The center and the right don’t want the poor involved in mass activism, and they are perfectly fine with them not voting in large numbers. If we on the left succeed, we will only do so by focusing on those that don’t vote in large numbers. Cause who are those groups? The poor, people of color, young people. In other words, groups that the establishment offers little in regards to policy. Empower people, give them actual policy and institutional alternatives, get THEM to run for office, and voting will take care of itself. Waiting for assholes like Neera Tanden, Nancy Pelosi or Hoyer (along with their donors) to decide on their elite of choice (Beto or Harris likely), then watching them destroy all opposition to their choice, is a guarantee that things won’t get better, people will continue to feel alienated from the system. This issue, environmental issues, requires radical changes. Beto doesn’t have any actual solutions. If he did, they would necessarily be radical and he would necessarily not have the support of the people he now has support from. So, if someone offers no change, and the status quo makes things progressively worse for most people, what exactly will voting change? Nothing. It is voting to play endless defense (weak defense and we never bat 1.000), cause people like him have no alternatives to go on the offensive with.