- Capitalism and Alternatives -

If I May Interject...

Posted by: Krasny ( The Internationale, All Countries... ) on May 11, 1999 at 07:25:55:

In Reply to: Not that meaning. posted by Red Deathy on May 07, 1999 at 16:45:16:

: Dictatorship of the proletariate is freedom, the extension of democracy, the dictatorship of the proletariate is the anti-dictatorship.
Just to add to the point you are seeking to establish here... if we agree that democracy is a form of suppression (the majority over and against the minority) then any talk of a transition from capitalism to communism must be seen as a continuation of democratic suppression... but it is the suppression of the exploiting minority by the exploited majority.

In such circumstances, real and complete democracy will only be possible where all members of society stand in equal relation to the social means of production. This is the essence of early Marxism before the experience of the Paris Commune in 1871.

In the wake of the slaughter of the Communards, it became apparent to Marx and Engels that a strong state, the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, was needed to protect and defend the revolution. Since then, we have the experiences of all the communist revolutions since that time and as history teaches, capital will do whatever it must to insure that it remains in political-economic control. --K

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