[Marxism] John Molyneux on party democracy

Marla Vijaya kumar marlavk at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 28 10:14:41 MDT 2009

He is an interesting article on “Democratic Centralism” by Prof. Javeed Alam.
An active debate is underway in the Indian Left on the relevance of so-called ‘principles
of party discipline’ which were attributed to Lenin. Lenin’s Democratic
Centralism has to be understood in the proper historical context.

Democratic Centralism Be Conducive to Democracy?
By Javeed Alam 
Democratic centralism has generally been accepted as the principle for
building communist organisations, whereas it was only meant to address the
organisational demands of a particular historical context in Tsarist Russia. By
institutionalising centralism and leaving democracy undefined, this
organisational form has fostered authoritarian tendencies and undermined the growth
of new ideas in the working class movement. This is seen in India where the
engagement of the communist parties with democracy has remained ad hoc and
untheorised. This article argues that democratic centralism has been an
obstacle for the communist parties to be able to creatively respond to new
situations and conditions.
Read Full at: http://epw.in/epw/uploads/articles/13939.pdf
Vijaya Kumar Marla


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