[Marxism] Mandela's Democracy :: Monthly Review

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 7 12:51:34 MST 2013

Although Mandela’s tribal model of democracy is essentially 
pre-capitalist in character, it is articulated as an alternative to 
liberal or capitalist democracy. It is a reconstruction for purposes of 
political advocacy. In some respects, it might be considered as lagging 
behind bourgeois democracy: leadership is decided by birth not election; 
part of the adult population is excluded from public debate and 
decision-making; those who participate do so on the basis of a hierarchy 
of property and prestige, rather than that of formal equality; there is 
little prospect of the poorer members of society organizing themselves 
on the basis of their own aspirations. But it also differs from 
bourgeois democracy in ways which may be considered as advances on it: 
it sustains a way of life in which all are concretely involved in 
deciding the direction of society; it brings all issues concerning 
society within the sphere of public discussion; its structures of 
leadership and governance are not distorted and alienated by the 
creation of a professional layer of politicians.

full: http://monthlyreview.org/1999/04/01/mandelas-democracy

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