A Republic, Not A Quagmire

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Wed Nov 5 22:14:00 MST 2003

> Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 22:04:51 +0000
> From: Paul Cockshott <clyder at gn.apc.org>
> Subject: Re: marxism-digest V1 #6557
>> Not really: I've already mentioned the reformist wing of the midcentury KPD
>> (headed by Anton Ackermann) which was quashed by Stalin with absotively no
>> help.  And actually, the virtue of the Monroe Doctrine is that it doesn't
>> end *someone*: that happens somewhere else along the line, and if you know
>> the ropes and aren't into bondage there's a lot you can do with the world's
>> oldest established republican government.
> Do you mean Switzerland?

No.  The word "republic" derives from *res publica*, "public thing",
and so a republic has representational government but is also a first and
foremost a unified polity; the cantonal system of government, like soviets,
is representative and may therefore be "democratic" but is not republican.

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