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Who said class struggle was 'democratic'?

Posted by: Stoller on September 30, 1999 at 10:35:47:

In Reply to: a 'representative' elite. posted by Gee on September 29, 1999 at 14:26:35:

: A thing being 'democratic' gains no automatic moral or practical advantage. being forced what to do by one master or by a mob is the same in effect. There is no change in the status quo, only in the players.

Class struggle is not about moral advantages; it is about practical ones. Why should the means of production be held and controlled by a minority? This question is how revolutions begin. The 'change in the players,' the transfer of power from one class to another, is what it's about. What's practical about putting the means of production in the hands of the proletariat is that then the majority becomes satisfied.

As far as despotism goes, I've always championed the abolition of the social division of labor (job rotation) so everyone contributes to the administration of society---after the disappropriation of the bourgeois, that is. Class struggle cannot be 'voted on'---the capitalist minority controls what the choices presented to the 'voters' are! Who said class struggle was 'democratic'?

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