Bourgeois Democracy

Carlos Eduardo Rebello crebello at
Thu Nov 4 00:48:31 MST 1999

As regards historical existing forms, Bourgeois Democracy is a democracy
built on the basis of a formalized competition between rival private
interests for economic/political support from the state apparatus, which
therefore fills the role of "an executive comitee for managing the
affairs of the bourgeoisie as a whole" (Communist Manifesto). That's is
to say that, opposed to the notion of a common civic club partaking of
the revenues of the civic community, which was the foundation around
which Ancient Democracy was built (therefore explaining, viz., the role
played by bread and circus in Roman history,where the notion behind
bread distributions and circus spectacles was to perpetuate, albeit in a
degraded "democratic" form, the notion of the communal club of free man
being provided with some distribution in common of staples and/or of
luxuries) Bourgeois Democracy is, therefore, above all, the granting of
institutional protection for private property _in general_, and, at the
same time, under this common framework, the formalization of (more or
less)ruthless competition between the many _particular_ private
capitals, which explains much of the institutional unstability of the
said bourgeois democracy - specially in 3rd World conditions...

Carlos Rebello

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