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Capitalist democracy is not 'better than nothing'---it IS nothing

Posted by: Stoller on November 29, 1999 at 12:10:51:

In Reply to: No, I'm suggesting it's better than nothing posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on November 27, 1999 at 21:00:22:

Knowing how much you love quotes from the Founding Fathers...

'[W]e find here [in America] two great gangs of political speculators, who alternately take possession of the state power and exploit it by the most corrupt means and for the most corrupt ends---and the nation is powerless against these two great cartels of politicians, who are ostensibly its servants, but in reality exploit and plunder it.'
---Engles, Introduction to Marx'sThe Civil War in France [1870], International 1940, pp. 20-21.

: : Are you actually suggesting that 'under the conditions of capitalist democracy' a FAIR CHANCE is to be had?

: : Are you really so naive as to think we live in a democracy?

SDF: I am "really so naive" as to think that running a campaign is better than sitting at home.

Capitalist democracy is not 'better than nothing'---is IS nothing.

Actually, it's worse.

The curent shell-game banditry that passes for democracy in capitalist countries is a method to BLAME the voters for their own LACK of substantive choices and power in the first place.

: (don't waste my time with rhetorical questions)

You're wasting your own time, Sam. If you don't like my posts or my responses to yours, don't read 'em.

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