In all countries that have no political democracy - i.e. countries which are dominated by an absolute monarchy, or the army, or fascism, or a foreign imperialist power-the need for democracy is obvious. And we, revolutionary socialists, fight hard to achieve this: free elections of national and local governments, freedom of the press, of assembly and organisation, the right of national self determination. But this is not enough for us.
First of all, inequality, exploitation and oppression still remain intact so long as the wealth is in the hands of a tiny minority of capitalists, Without the common ownership of the means of production, not only does inequality between rich and poor remain, but also, be cause of the competition between workers for jobs, housing, educational opportunities, the inequality inside the working class remains. This is a breeding ground for racism and sexism.
With the continued control of the wealth of society by the capitalists, political democracy is also unsafe, and the old political order threatens to return. A tiny minority of capitalists own not only the material means of production, but also the mental means of production - the press, TV and other instruments of propaganda. They are also bound to be supported by the capitalist state machine - the army, police and judiciary will continue to support the capitalist class.
Only when the working class holds state power can democratic rights be guaranteed.
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- joshuastarlight said: The gains we have made as a country towards more democracy and social justice since our inception as a constitutional government are in jeopardy from a return to the traditional order. Democracy is unsafe because the majority could be wrong.
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