[Marxism] Interesting discussion on issues of US democracy
joe_radical at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 17 12:04:44 MDT 2005
This is a great discussion -- but it should be placed in context of a
workers struggle to build its class party! Discussing the need to build the
working class movement, politically, by a move to the House of
thus ultimately abolishing the Senate to make the House the Government,
in a parliamentary system in which the 'Speaker of the House' becomes the
"Prime Minister", thus abolishing the Presidency and Electoral College.
The struggle to bring about these reforms is the laborpartypraxis, the fight
for a Labor Party with the political objective being to 'win the battle of
becoming the absolute majority in the House, legislating a working class
would place the House in irreconcilable opposition to the Senate, Presidency
Courts, revealing to workers a need for a new Constitutional Convention.
Just as the
capitalists and slave-owners excluded slaves, Blacks, women and property
workers, and poor yeoman farmers, so our Constitutional Convention will
capitalists and their political representatives: Democrats and Republicans.
Constitution -- attended by delegations of trade union, women and oppressed
minority community, religious and other organizations based in the working
and farmers representatives will be open to the public scrutiny on
written in hiding as was the capitalist's and slave-owners Constitutional
which was really a coup against the radical principles in the Declaration of
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2005 10:02:18 -0400
From: Brian Shannon <Brian_Shannon at verizon.net>
Subject: [Marxism] Should socialists call for democratic structural
change? Was Wassup?
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First -- thanks for replying and not ignoring.
>This is what the struggle is about in the 21st century? Establishing
a democratic republic? That wasnt the issue in Russian in 1905, so
how can it be an issue in the US in 2005?
The demand for a democratic republic was a major demand in both 1905
and 1917. In fact, that was what was involved in dissolving the
National Assembly, which the Bolsheviks and others had called for. When
the workers came to power in the soviets, they went beyond the
democratic demands. That is precisely what main structural demands were
for the Russian Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, the Spanish
Revolution and more undeveloped countries.
Our developed and dominant imperialist nation still has an undeveloped
political structure that serves the capitalists very well indeed, but
does not serve the rest of us.
>Issue 1: The Senate functions exactly as the founders intended,
insulating property from the anticipated and dreaded increase in the
unwashed masses of the cities, i.e. workers. Issue still exists.
It works as the founders intended over 200 years ago, but many
constitutions have been created since then. Probably none in the world
is as regressive and powerful an upper chamber ours. Yes the issue
still exists. Shouldnt the Senate be abolished?
>Issue 2: The Electoral College functions exactly as intended. See 1
The Electoral College does not work at all as intended. Recall that
independent leaders were to sit down and among themselves choose the
best person. That never happened from the beginning.
The 3/5 credit for the non-citizen slaves no longer exists, so that is
also not as intended.
All our Electoral College does is ratify the winner take all result of
the state elections (except for a couple of states that try to amend
>Issues 3-5: Runoff voting, proportional representation exist in many
other countries and so what? Anything better about those countries?
It is not about the those countries but about creating a voice for
the minority parties, whose program can be distributed to all. (Most of
these countries have democratic guarantees of radio, TV time and even
wall space for posters.)
>And bringing this to the major parties? Go right ahead. Seek yet
another set of alliances with progressive Democrats and Republicans.
Seek yet another alternative to a class program. Big fat waste of time
and worse-- try cooptation
Bringing this is a way of saying make a demand. To the major
parties, we say that you claim to be representatives of a democracy,
but you arent.
It is basically asking for the same thing that progressives have asked
for when they demanded the right to vote for women and
African-Americans. We now ask for one-person, one-vote for everyone.
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