: Stoller: FIRST come the relations, then the ideology.
The ideology of "democracy" was used by capitalists against King George. As we all know from the Federalist Papers it was a sham - but it served its purpose. This was an ideology STOLEN from the disenfranchised class - "In the name of the people" ...yeah, right.
That was the point I was attemtping to make...
I'm not so sure we're really in a big disagreement here...
Obviously 'democracy' was promoted to those (the proletariat & peasantry) who ACTUALLY fought the bourgeoisie's wars FOR THEM . AND property rights (with the implication that there was plenty of property to go around...) was promoted to them as well.
Yes...using the proletariat's weapon against them. Subterfuge.
But the property relations cannot stay as they are now... Otherwise, it's just more liberal blather---like the type General George and his homeboys sold to the proletariat and the peasantry over two hundred years ago.
True - but blather isn't selling well these days judging by the degree of cynicism in the electorate.
And that's good.
There must be ACTION to BACK UP the talk.
After all more blather about 'democracy' won't change things.
The proletariat's talk.
We need a party that is willing to LOOK OUTSIDE electoral politics when considering the options.