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Participatory Democracy, Demarchy, and Class Issues

Posted 19th June 2009 at 05:12 by Die Neue Zeit
Updated 27th June 2009 at 21:39 by Die Neue Zeit

Participatory Democracy and the Direct Democracy Question

"Instead of deciding once in three or six years which member of the ruling class was to misrepresent the people in Parliament, universal suffrage was to serve the people […]" (Karl Marx)

Inspired by Marx’s musings on the Paris Commune, awhile back I was fortunate to have found A Space for Participatory Democracy?, a blog by sociologist Mark Frezzo of the Florida Atlantic University. Notwithstanding...
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"Broad Economism"

Posted 19th December 2008 at 05:37 by Die Neue Zeit
Updated 30th January 2009 at 02:24 by Die Neue Zeit

"Broad Economism"

“Occasionally someone has attempted to oppose the political struggle to the economic, and declared that the proletariat should give its exclusive attention either to the one or the other. The fact is that the two cannot be separated. The economic struggle demands political rights, and these will not fall from heaven. To secure and maintain them, the most vigorous political action is necessary.” (Karl Kautsky)

In the introduction, I mentioned...
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The Democracy Question: Introduction

Posted 5th October 2008 at 06:01 by Die Neue Zeit
Updated 29th March 2009 at 23:34 by Die Neue Zeit

The Democracy Question



[Note: This unabashedly borrows from, in order: Kautsky’s The Class Struggle (Erfurt Programme), the First International's Resolution of the [1871] London Conference on Working Class Political Action, the actual Erfurt Programme, Aristotle’s Politics, Marx’s The Civil War in France, and the programme of the historic French Workers’ Party.]



The more completely the various divisions of the working class unite into...
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"Vanguardism" Revisited

Posted 26th June 2008 at 05:20 by Die Neue Zeit

“We do not say to the world: Cease your struggles, they are foolish; we will give you the true slogan of struggle. We merely show the world what it is really fighting for, and consciousness is something that it has to acquire, even if it does not want to.” (Karl Marx)

All over the Marxist spectrum, there is a crisis over the word “vanguard.” Historical events have tainted that word, such that it is now synonymous with Blanquist elitism: the notion that a secret group of conspirators...
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Social Proletocracy, Marx, and Lenin's theoretical mistakes

Posted 7th June 2008 at 19:46 by Die Neue Zeit

Lenin: Proletocratic “State Socialist”

“Nobody has combatted State Socialism more than we German Socialists, nobody has shown more distinctively than I, that State Socialism is really State capitalism!” (Wilhelm Liebknecht)

What was this “state socialism” that Wilhelm Liebknecht, the father of the revolutionary martyr Karl Liebknecht, was talking about? Just mere days before the “October Revolution” (November 7, 1917), Lenin had this to say about German “state socialism”:...
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