Class Rule And The Right Way To Do It
by, 22nd April 2010 at 12:46 (3251 Views)
"Reform or revolution?" is one of the biggest and most controversial questions asked when it comes to creating a socialist society. One question that is rarely asked is that of the class rule that should come place after the revolution. Whilst all socialists agree it must be democratic, there are other questions that need to be asked - but rarely are. Questions such as "Will this democracy be representative or direct?" The answer lies in how minority classes come to rule society.
A minority ruling class needs to have configured itself to be able to be brought to power by creating systems that concentrate power into the hands of a few. Whether those systems are representative democratic or dictatorial doesn't change the power granted to minorities. It doesn't matter how rulers come to rule, but that rulers rule in the first place. The ruling Bourgeoisie of today are a class that rule in both the political and economical domains. How do they do this? A system that concentrated wealth into the hands of a few had to be created. That system is capitalism and it relies on private property rights. By ruling both the political and economical domains, the Bourgeoisie is able to rule society. The simple concept of wealth equalling power shows this. Power and influence are brought to those with wealth - and wealth is vital in bringing anyone to power. So for someone to have power, they must have wealth beforehand. This explains the corruption and unfairness that is rife in the representative democratic elections we take part in today. The show "democratic" process that we participate in today are determined by money. This is clearly illustrated in the donations given to Australian political parties by corporations and the Electoral Commission. In the 2004 Parliamentary elections, the Australian Labor party received $19,145,899 in corporate donations; the Liberal party received $19,293,075. The Greens - an environmentalist party that would lower big businesses' profits through it's actions - received a paltry $438,133 in corporate donations. Corporations have in the past and still do bribe major political parties that will support them and keep corporations and big business in power and reap massive profits. In addition, the Electoral Commission gave the Labor party $16,710,043; the Liberals $17,956,326 and the Greens $3,316,702. It is in fashions similar to this that the Bourgeoisie effectively rig today's "democratic" elections.
So once the working class destroys private property rights and the capitalist system, representative democracy will be the way to go, right? No corporate bribes and no favouritism will mean efficient and true working class rule, right? No. For a class to rule society it must rule both political and economical domains. If workers' ownership were instituted but the representative democratic system still in place, then the working class could not rule society. If a minority class wants to achieve power it endorses and rules through systems that concentrate wealth and power into the hands of a few. So, logically, the working class - which is a majority class - must utilise a system which does not concentrate wealth and power into the hands of a few - but a system which gives fair shares of wealth and power to the masses. If workers' ownership were instituted, this would be half the job done. But the other half of the job lies in the political domain. How can a majority class truly rule when it uses a system that concentrates power into the hands of a few?
The answer lies in direct democracy. This means that all the executive and legislative power would be given to everyone of voting age - rather than giving it to unaccountable minorities that are supposed to represent the people. At least many Marxists today that are in favour of a representative democratic system allow for the recall of elected officials. But this does not stop the problem of inefficient rule. Efficient rule would be local workers' councils run in a system of direct democracy by the people to decide upon local issues that matter to that locality. The same councils would also be the holding grounds for referendums that matter in regional levels. This truly constitutes class rule as the working class itself rules both political and economical domains.
[B]The answer to the alternative to capitalism and Bourgeois democracy lies in the will and the strength of the working class.[/B]
[B]Say no to reformism and say no to representative democracy![/B] [B]
Why should we settle for second best?[/B]
Statistics for corporate bribes and Electoral Commission funding from: [URL]http://www.resistance.org.au/wrsf6[/URL]