Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Sat Mar 4 21:00:29 MST 2006
We must pass a resolution branding as a fraud  worthy of
Nicholas II such practices as those of the Soviet of Soldiers’
Deputies (the soldiers have one representative to every 500 people,
while the workers have 1:1,000) or the Trade Union Bureau (1
representative to a members in the small unions and I to a-b members
in the large ones).
What sort of democrats are we if we tacitly put up with this fraud?
What is wrong with Nicholas II, for that matter, who also “allowed”
unequal representation from the peasants and from the landowners??
By tolerating such things, we are prostituting democracy.
We must pass a resolution demanding equal suffrage (both in the
Soviets and at trade union congresses), branding the slightest
departure from equality as a fraud—using exactly this word—as a
Nicholas II method. This resolution of the plenary meeting of the
Central Committee must be written in a language everybody can
understand and spread in leaflet form among the mass of the workers.
We cannot tolerate a fraud of democracy if we call ourselves
“democrats”. We are not democrats but unprincipled people if we
 “One representative, everywhere, to an equal number of electors”
is the ABC of democracy. Anything else is a fraud.
 In view of the elections to the Petrograd Soviet of Workers' and
Soldiers' Deputies, the workers' section of the Soviet on August 23
(September 5), 1917, raised the question of revising the system of
election to the Soviet under which workers elected one delegate from
1,000 persons while soldiers elected one delegate from each unit. As
a result, the soldiers had a considerably greater number of deputies
to the Soviet than the workers. The workers' section adopted a
resolution saying that the system of election to the Soviet should be
revised and organised on the principle of proportional
representation, that is, one delegate from every thousand voters. The
soldiers' section, however, which met on August 25 (September 7),
voted down the proposal. The S.R.s. succeeded in putting through
their own resolution, which left the electoral system intact.
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