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Pragmatically, Democracy is electoral selection among rival political elites. It is better than having selection among rival political elites by raw force, but the reflection of the "will of the people" is an idealized aspiration of Democracy, not a concrete description of Democracy.

And reifying the idealization of Democracy obscures the fact that there is a constant struggle by an incumbent political establishment to narrow the range of available choice, which has to be constantly fought against by movements in civil society to maintain a broader range of available choice.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Dec 8th, 2010 at 12:38:13 PM EST
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Your comment neatly encapsulates current attempts by the Dublin elite to exclude Sinn Fein from the range of acceptable "realistic" alternatives.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Dec 8th, 2010 at 01:06:11 PM EST
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Political parties are patronage networks and little else.

Policy-oriented or ideological parties cannot hope to be major political parties.

Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 8th, 2010 at 02:25:02 PM EST
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A movement can hope to capture a political party for a period, but in the end either the movement ends up being captured or the party ends up getting sidetracked in favor of another.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Dec 8th, 2010 at 06:41:53 PM EST
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