Notes from the Editors, December 2001

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  • - The Editors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-053-07-2001-11_0

Keywords:

Class, Media, Labor

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For a long time radicals have characterized the electoral systems in capitalist societies as bourgeois democracies. At times, this term has been used in a strictly pejorative sense, to dismiss any electoral work as inconsequential or merely a device for legitimating capitalism in the eyes of the poor and working class. Our view of left electoral work is less doctrinaire; we think there is an important place for such activity as a part of a broader socialist organizing agenda, though the degree of importance in any particular instance varies depending upon many factors. We also think that such a categorical dismissal of electoral politics misses the critical significance of the term bourgeois democracy. It means an electoral system in which the rule of capital—i.e. bourgeois social relations—is taken as a given, and the range of electoral debate is strictly limited, never challenging the class basis of society

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2001-11-30

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