marxism-digest V1 #6160

Richard Harris rhh1 at gotadsl.co.uk
Mon Jul 28 18:45:11 MDT 2003


Someone said:

>
> Undemocratic? Keep [the] democracy of slavocrats [the pre-end-of-civil war
USA] for yourselves, while
> we keep our slavery-free "undemocracy"...
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Democracy means people are equal.

In democracy, there is no political process, as people are equal.

'undemocracy' I guess means the negative, treating some people as less than
equal.  For example, in decision taking (not in the party, only a garbage
collector {dustman, to British readers}, black, white, female, tall, a
worker / serf / slave and so on.)

Marx was violently against that (do you need text citations?)  So am I.

There is never any justification for opposing the democracy ~ peoples' rule.
The kind of stupid game playing that is seen above is the train ticket to
the Gulags.  Slavery-free undemocracy is not slavery-free.  Have you never
heard of wage slavery?  The favellas of Brazil?  If you don't think wage
work is slavery, you are outside Marx's conception of the world.  Slavery
still.

Democracy is a heart beat away from socialism.  No wonder classical Athens
was in permanent crisis (the stasis, as the histories say), with democracy
yet a class system and inequality.

How could Capitalist private property survive one month of true democracy?

Democracy and socialism are parallel concepts.

Richard









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