Democratic rhetoric

archive: R48G: the empty rhetoric of democracy without an equality of the commons

August 31st, 2017 •

The idea of communism has been so discredited that we forget that in some form it is the only solution to the problem of fairness, and thence of democracy: our current system promotes the theme of democracy in order to covertly promote forms of inequality, and domination by the economics of capital. These are fairly old ideas! But their cogency is becoming obvious all over again as we begin to grasp in intuitively terms the way the demand for democracy has produced its opposite. The problem arises with the equation of democracy with ‘electoral democracy’, an equation that was never established until fairly late in the game.

Unless we can establish a commons as the basis for a fundamental equality of resources our talk of
democracy is mostly empty rhetoric…

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